First Day of School… for EVERYONE!

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August 23rd was the boys’ first day of second grade. Tuesday, September 6th was the girls’ first day of Head Start. It was a short half-day that parents had to attend along with the kids, and the girls did really …

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Winneshiek Fair ’16

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This is the second year that Lance and I have attempted the Winneshiek County Fair with all four kids. We didn’t bring a stroller, but we brought a plan: we’d visit the animals, the petting zoo, the rides, get our …

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Evie’s Surprise Change

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My eldest daughter is defined by her own sense of artistry. She can turn any question in to a production by simply placing herself in a pleasing arrangement. The day before yesterday, she did a hilarious and elaborate interpretive dance …

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First Ride of Spring

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Bike riding is a thing, at our house. When spring comes, we tend to put away model trains (or just kind of leave them where they drop…) and pull out the bikes. The day we went to the train show, …

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Major Accomplishments

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I didn’t take a true “before” photo, because it probably would have inspired the Health Department to make a visit. Suffice it to say that the dining room was in pretty desperate need of some help. There were twelve or …

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Elsa vs Megatron

This weekend, Evie managed to fill her sticker chart and earn herself a new toy. Today, I needed to do some shopping, so I took AJ and Evie along with. As I was leaving, I mentioned to Tim that Evie …

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Evie’s Imagination

Evie was playing with her little matchbox cars this afternoon, jabbering to herself in her peculiar little faux Bronx accent about how “Mayteh is a soopeh-adbanced pow’fu robot soopeh hewo” when suddenly she gasps dramatically and starts yelling, “Mama! Mama! …

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TTFH: Mostly Operative!

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I am starting to get a little out of order with my updates… Mostly, I have a couple of REALLY HUGE ones to do (like the Texas trip!) that are sort of intimidating me, so I’m procrastinating about doing them, …

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