Monday, March 16, 2015


On Saturday we went for a hike in Donald Park. It was our first time there and we all loved it. I had heard from a few people how beautiful it was and it did not disappoint. 

1 or 2 of our kids started complaining when I said we were going for a hike, as they usually do, but they all loved it.  The 4 miles got a little long for Nick but he had a few short carries (from Ruby, Patrick and I) and that helped him over the rough patches.

One of the best things about this hike was how James and Ruby started talking about our hikes last summer and BOTH requested we go back to a couple spots!!!!!!!!!!!  That felt like success to me, friends.  :)

Ruby wanted to climb ALL THE TREES.
So Nick wanted to, too, of course.  As he was doing this he said, "Start picturin',mom!"  (I only had my phone.  sniff.)

As we headed down into this amazing stretch James hollered out, "Coniferous forest!!"  Science, FTW.
This bridge over the low & slow stream was a favorite. 
James & Ruby walked together a lot of the way out, way ahead of us.  She was carrying his wet socks & shoes on a stick.
Muddy.  Love. 
I feel a bit crazy with how much I want to be in the woods/outside hiking.  I wish I could be a hiker for my job.  ;)


Sunday, March 15, 2015

rare Sunday post

Hello, dear ones. How are you? I am good, just here trying not to double space after periods. :)

I woke up crabby.  Or, rather, became crabby as soon as I came downstairs and had 3 little people clamouring for bagels. Back off, children!!  Let me have some coffee. geez.

I am better now. I fed them (even though they can all feed themselves. harumph.) and have had the coffee and paid the billz and now I feel better. Sometimes Sundays have so much to do, it's overwhelming. That's what I get for being a slacker all week, though.

Jay's memorial service was last weekend and it was so good to go home and remember him with our family.  Everything I write about this just sounds wrong and too little somehow so I don't know what else to say.  :( My heart breaks for his family but at the same time I am filled with thankfulness for all of them.

It is suddenly spring in Wisconsin!!  It has been so amazing this last week, it's felt so good.  Thank God for spring!  I was just getting SICK of winter so the timing was kind of perfect this year.  :) 

I spent yesterday going through some summer clothes.  (sorry, I can't stop double spacing after periods.)  Spring break is in a couple of weeks and we are taking the kids on a surprise (to them) road trip, our longest ever.  We are going back to Tybee Island!  Yay!  I can't wait.  Patrick and I loved it there.  I think we were there 14 years ago??  cray.  (sorry, I like to say cray.  keeps me young.) (or makes me look dumb and old? but who cares when you feel young?  ;) )

This has been fun for me to have this secret.  I have lists and piles and have been buying random snacks and supplies.  I know the trip will be long but I hope it brings us even closer as a family.  (snort.)  :) 

In closing, here are some pictures from one of the best times last winter, sledding at Grandpa's house.  Our dad has made these snow slides since we were young.  I know I have pics of previous ones somewhere on this here's a tradition.  This year it was particularly epic and all of us got involved and had so much fun.  I have more pics on my tablet with James, I will dig those out and add later.


Thursday, March 05, 2015


My cousin Jay passed away this week. 
Please pray for his family as they struggle with this heavy loss.  

thank you. xoxoxo

Monday, March 02, 2015


The kids were off of school last Friday so we went tubing for the day! It was super cold but we dressed super warm and had so much fun. Loved it! (Patrick got Picasa back for me so I hope to catch up on pictures now...working backwards. :) ) xoxo


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