Thursday, June 30, 2011


Hiding in the bookshelf...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Steam-Roller Art

The girls went to the library and did the steam-roller art again this year. Cutting out all the pieces was still a huge challenge, though Emily was able to do it herself this year, so Tracy and Jason got the joy of helping them cut pieces.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Proud to be an American

Our local hardware store does projects with the children a few times each year. This past week they made these American flags. I thought they were so cute! (and I didn't have to deal with the mess)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Breakfast for Supper

Our grocery store has eight week's worth of advertising coupons running right now. I took advantage of them and one day last week we had some breakfast for supper. If I remember correctly, the eggs and the pancake mix were $.59 each and the potatoes and sausages were $.79 each. The strawberries were a yummy addition!!!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mike's Birthday

We needed more candles than I could fit on Mike's blueberry cheesecake for his birthday so I just put a few on it. He's still full of hot air. :)

His parents came up Saturday to visit and also took us out to eat. They left for home Sunday after church.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Joke is on Me

I went to look for some pictures on the camera to enlarge for my wall and found these:

I don't think I will be using any of them! :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Mike's parents are up visiting for his birthday. They stopped by and left some stuff and visited. We had blueberry cheesecake with lots of candles. Poor David...when Mike blew out the candles, he started to cry. He wanted to blow them out so I had to re-light one for him when he got his piece, which made him happy.

After all of that, we headed to town. We met Mike's parents and they took us out to eat. We went to the pool for a while after that. Later on this morning, we will have church, a lunch, and then they will head home while I take Tracy and Emily to a picnic in Roseau for their Bible Bee group. I am hoping to squeeze a nap in before youth group tonight! :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

This and That

Emily and Melissa had a fun and busy week of vacation Bible school. They even took Laura one day. She had fun during the VBS, but on the way home and for the rest of the evening she was more full of cries and clings than "normal" so I didn't take her again. Maybe next year...

We bought a shed and Mike, Aaron, Tracy, and Jason are having "fun" putting that up. I got a bike, and once we got the seat raised as far as it will go, I finally have enough leg room to ride. I'll have to do some practicing now.

We didn't get it done yesterday or Thursday, but we have been having biology, physics, geography, and Spanish videos playing at various times throughout the day for the past month.

Tracy and Emily got their Bible Bee boxes, and Tracy has been working hard on that.

We went to Bemidji for church last Sunday where some missionaries were speaking and got the box of stuff we had for them to them. Their kids are 1 1/2 years older than when I originally tried to get it to them so I had to do some swapping of things.

Some of the kids have been practicing swimming skills, but we haven't gotten to the t-ball skills yet--too many mosquitoes!!!

Mike's parents will be here today to help celebrate his birthday, which he had yesterday. He spent his day out in the mosquitoes putting up the shed.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Melissa's 7th Birthday

We woke Melissa so she could get ready to go to Bemidji to Grandma's house for two nights and to Putt-n-Go for a fun afternoon.

A birthday lunch of chicken and rice hotdish and kiwi...

A funfetti cake with seven candles

Much-desired Zoobles

A frog nightgown

In the car and on the way after lunch

Another cake--one that we could share without it melting

An egg found leftover from the Easter hunt

Sacked out

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Miscellaneous Happenings

We have a mowing job for the summer. It is a big yard and takes over three hours with the two riders and a push mower going. There is a tire swing in the yard the girls enjoy swinging on, and the lady let the girls pick her tulips this spring, much to their delight. I also am able to use her garden plots. I only tilled one though and hope to plant it soon.

We have been doing some "summer" school--Spanish, physics, biology, and world geography. We had the first test in Spanish, and I had to tell Aaron he was "sick" because he scored better than I did even though I do all the work. I never was good (and still am not) at learning. I like to tease that I got by with school because of my good looks. We are also going to be doing some "formal" music lessons for the summer with some of the kids.

Thursday evening we had our first evening of track so some of the kids ran the 400-meter, the 200-meter, and the 100-meter. We then went to the pool afterwards.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Played-With Toys

The girls enjoy their ponies and care bears so I frequently end up with pictures like this on the camera.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Coloring Eggs in May

We colored a couple dozen eggs for Easter and then colored another batch in May. I was trying to get a good picture of the kids and finally just told them to stick their tongues out.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tracy's 17th Birthday

Tracy celebrated her 17th birthday May 4. The younger children were excited about her cake and had to put candles on it even though Tracy did not want them. :)