Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It's very Wednesday.

I'm tired today! We are in the middle of the busiest week of the school year so far. Baseball has started, allergies have started, the school musical opens tomorrow, we are still very much in the throes of house remodeling, and I'm just glad we have one more night of leftovers. It's very Wednesday, which must be a fraternal twin to Monday. So, this little image of Fisher and I on his birthday is what I'm up for today. Forget all the 2015 pictures to edit, or the rest of the Harry Potters. I picked one image I loved and stuck it up here. Amen.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Harry Potter, part 1.


I have a seriously large folder of Harry Potter photos to get through, and with remodeling continuing in our home, the culling and editing is not high on the list. So this may be part one of ten or twenty or just two, who knows, but Harry Potter pictures speak for themselves.

For a serious Harry Potter fan, it is a must-see. Entering Diagon Alley literally takes your breath away. You think, Wow, I'm here and Wow, they really made this.

It is authentic and amazingly detailed and we were wowed!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Ten on Tuesday.

1. Here's Minnesota for ya - On Sunday I ran in shorts and a t-shirt. On Monday it was long sleeves, pants, running jacket, gloves, headband.

2. Definitely has me wishing for some more of this:

3. You can see more pool pictures from our week in Florida on the photography blog HERE. Ah, warmth.

4. The main part of remodeling is done here, and we're left with about thirty smaller projects that need to get done in order to relieve us from living in limbo, i.e. having two bedrooms with all the things and one bedroom with none of the things.

5. We are two weeks away from Alla's big weekend as the Tin Woman in her school production of The Wizard of Oz! If you're local, come see the show April 21-23 at Pinewood!

6. The kids and I are halfway through the second Nanny Piggins book. If you haven't read any of these TO your kids (they are absolute read-alouds), step on it. Hilarious and just what is needed in the last two months of the school year when all the things happen on the calendar.

7. We have learned that Fisher's baseball team this year will be the Angels! We are so ready for the season to start, and just need some baseball weather. 30s and rain is not going to cut it.

8. I am almost 75% of the way through A Little Life, which so far I am highly recommending.

9. A great family movie night from the past couple weeks - The Lego Brickumentary. If you've got die hard Lego fans in your house, it's a fun movie.

10. THIS week's family movie night will be the new Star Wars!

Saturday, March 19, 2016


It is truly truly hard for me to believe that my baby is eight. We mamas get sappy over every age it seems, and eight is no different really than seven was, but is a lot different than five and, I'm sure, ten. It's just a birthday thing, I think,

No different than every other sappy year. But, wow, it's been eight years since I've had him in my belly. That makes me feel further away from what I started out knowing was motherhood, and yet here I am deep in the trenches with an 8 year old and an almost 11 year old. Right in the middle.

This kid can be described in many ways, but here are 8:

1. Athletic
2. A good eater
3. Kind
4. A good friend
5. Whip smart
6. Warm
7. Baseball-loving
8. Outside-loving

He lets nothing hold him back, he just lives his life. He does what he does, he knows what he wants, and that is to play outside (preferably baseball), eat food, and feel loved by his family. His needs are so basic.

We discovered the summer he was 4 that he really loves baseball, and even though he plays soccer and football and tag and basketball and tennis, baseball is really his love.

He's kind of moody, I think anyone will tell you! Probably because he has these very basic needs, and when you throw something else in there he can be not all that flexible about it. So when I see a smile like THIS out of him, my heart just swells because that's our boy right there, the true him.

Happy birthday, Fisher. We love you so very much.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Leap Day snapshots.

I hope it's not cheating to post these, as I'll then have an online record of them and could very well peek at them before the next Leap Day Time Capsule is upon us. I won't, though, as the surprise of looking through the 2012 pictures for the first time in 4 years was just too awesome.

What about you? Did you get your Time Capsule done? Did you put your photos in there and seal it shut? Shhhh, I'm still working on that last bit!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ten on Tuesday.

1. Fisher had his first-ever birthday party this weekend! I think he had a good time.

2. The bathroom is DONE.

3. Now, onto other projects, right?

4. I'm thinking Zootopia one day over spring break.

5. Fisher turns EIGHT on Saturday.

6. Saturday it was almost 70 degrees again, and I ran in shorts again, and it was lovely again.

7.  A Little Life is very, very good. If you're taking this on, invest yourself for 100 pages to get into it.

8. Alla made it into the 5th Harry Potter book - a valiant effort!

9. Hard to believe Easter is next Sunday! Better get my act together.

10. This is how far I've gotten on my 2015 editing: October, obviously.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: Seriously happy edition!

1. We have entered a miraculous two-day period of sixty degree weather. Serious happiness. Running in shorts. Glee.

2. Seriously happy about all the people coming to finish our bathroom this week! (Day 50)

3. Here is the seriously happy face of a girl finding out that she gets to see Harry Potter World at last.

4. And the seriously happy face of a boy playing outside every single day after school, 365 days out of 365 days a year, any sport, all the sports with all the balls, but exceptionally happy about any weather warm enough to melt snow because, BASEBALL.

5. I ditched socks yesterday when I picked up the kids from school and instead dug out my Sanuks. And didn't need a coat this morning.

6. Pax, you are tugging on our hearts.

7. Only days left til the time change! More light!

8. It is March, and thus I feel we are in the season where there is much to celebrate and much to look forward to, but also I remember this is the best time of the year in one major way: we are gaining daylight every single day for the next three months. And then we are not.

9. Last night Ron and the kids drew me palm trees.

10. Last night we had Catherine Newman's Pork Adobo, all different ways - some in a tortilla with cheese, some with avocado on top, some with roasted sweet potato on the side, some with chips. ALL DELICIOUS. I just know that Ron was excited for pork meat, as we call it, so yay.

Also - did you know Catherine Newman HAS A NEW BOOK COMING OUT?

Happy Tuesday!