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Blueberry Cottage

8 Dec

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Every kid needs a fort.

Yes, those blanket forts inside your house are absolutely wonderful for a few hours but kids need a real fort.  A place where they can escape and play imaginary games and end up somewhere amazing and magical.DSC_0043 DSC_0045 Throughout the summer Jared and the little ladies built such a place. It took all summer to gather up the free wood and find pockets of time here and there to continue its progress. DSC_0050 DSC_0048 Construction came to a halt when a mommy robin decided that the new fort was a perfect place to begin her little robin family. DSC_0106 Eventually the walls were all up and the girls got to paint.  We agreed upon a color as close to blueberry as we could find and so named the little house, “Blueberry Cottage.” DSC_0456 So there she sits in our frozen tundra, smothered in snow and offering a perfect escape from the cold winter wind. I wonder what fun adventures our family will have in there this winter? unnamed-2 unnamed-3

Hockey Debut

23 Nov

It has begun.

The girls had their first hockey game today.

It was a day of learning, of patience, of other girls being faster than my girls- but it was a first-hockey-game kind of day and I could not be happier with my ladies.

Hockey this past month has been difficult to say the least. They have proclaimed that they simply are not going when we told them to get in the car for practice. They have told me the bottom of their foot itches so bad that their eyes well up with tears (after of course I have laced up both skates and they are already late). They have told me that they are never ever going to go back to that ice arena.  They didn’t know why we were driving so far to do this dang thing, whatever it is.

It happens after activities when the girls are already pretty tuckered out. It happens when they might be otherwise taking a nap. It happens when they would perhaps rather be watching tv or fighting with one another in our living room. So, why- if it is so hard- are we playing hockey?

I don’t know if this season will lead us into other seasons or if this season will be their last.  I don’t know if the girls will fall in love with the game or just despise it more and more. I don’t know if they will ever score a goal just be content sitting on the bench.  What I do know right now is they are learning to work at something. They are learning that it is okay to not be very good at something, but to do it anyway. They are learning that if they work hard at something, they will get better.

The first practice Aleah and Sophie stepped onto the ice they pretty much fell over, laid down and did ice angels. But now Sophie can stand up and shuffle all around (yes that is the progress we have accumulated thus far this year) and Aleah can pass the puck and skate pretty darn good. I love watching Aleah start to figure this game out. You can see her brain know where her body needs to go but her legs just aren’t quite up to par with the others. I have seen that competitive look in Aleah’s eye, the look that she wants that puck and gosh darn it she is going to get it.

Here they are for a pre-game pep talk:

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This is my first real coaching gig and I would be lying if I told you it wasn’t weird. It is weird to see my girls out on the ice. It is weird not being the one playing the game. I try and have 50% of the things coming out of my mouth to be things I saw the players do well and 50% aspects of they could work on, ie please, please don’t ever EVER pass the puck to our goalie again. Thank you. Good job out there.

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Sophie is in the background with the white jersey

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Hudson made his debut as rink rat/proud baby brother:

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Love my girls, love my team, love that we are doing this together.

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They all got a “golden medal” and the girls are pretty stoked about it.

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Old Chair Transformation

17 Nov

I found this deplorable chair at the thrifty store last week and have since un-uglied it.

Here is the chair in its original and yeesh state:

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Yes, very out of date and not a nice chair to loot at.

But now feast your eyes on this beaut!

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I bought this fabric at my favorite fabric place in the world.  I could honestly stand in that cute little store and look at all the eye candy fabric surrounding me for hours.  I went there with my little sis and I think she had to physically pull me out of there.  The fabric store is called Hannah Johnson Fabrics and it is located in Duluth, MN.  Please go there if you need to be happy, because it is such a pretty and happy place.  I am pleading with the owner to perhaps be a part of a giveaway sometime in the future, how cool would that be?

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I love older chairs like this because they are easy to recover and they fit me.  I love that my feet are planted comfortably on the ground, not like the new chairs that seem to swallow me up.

Egg Roll Recipe

11 Nov

I now firmly believe that every household needs a deep fryer.  We were at a “Welcome to Fall Party” a couple months ago (yeah we have pretty cool friends) and the hostess made these babies in her deep fryer.

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I think we ordered our own deep fryer immediately upon returning home, gotta love amazon prime right?  Then two days later this beauty showed up and we had to try it ourself.

Here is the egg rolls recipe:

12 egg roll wraps

1 lb ground pork

2 tsp chopped fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

16 ounce bag cabbage and carrot mix

4 green onions, sliced

1 egg

1 tsp water

(look up the how to instructions since Hudson is sitting on my lap and he might delete this whole post if I try and do that)

And then wait…

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A deep fryer like this makes a fish fry a breeze, it look a fraction of the time to fry the walleyes Jared caught in the Boundary Waters and our stove wasn’t covered in oil for the next few weeks.

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You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make sweet and sour sauce-

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Oh and while your oil is already warm, it would be a shame not to make some donuts!

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In other news this blog has over 100,000 views! Thanks guys, you make me feel so special =)  And my birthday is tomorrow, maybe Jared should make these for me, maybe just the donuts…or maybe both.

Halloween Success

31 Oct

After a few crazy days getting ready and then sending the girls off to school- the door closed and I did a little victory boogie dance because I nailed Halloween.  The girls look awesome in their homemade costumes and we made 42 monster and mummy cupcakes for Aleah’s kindergarten class party.  Phew.

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Along with all other kids in the universe they wanted to be characters from Frozen.  Aleah chose to be Anna, since she has red hair and all.  Sophie chose to be Elsa, since she has blonde hair =)

Here was one evening of working on the waistband for Aleah’s costume while Hudson needed in on the action:

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It is a downright miracle that I had ALL the fabric I needed for Aleah’s costume right in my sewing room, score!

Sophie’s dress came from the Christmas dress I made for her last winter.  All I needed to do was sew on a mesh cape and she was good to go!  Oh yeah and I also made her a long braid too.

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Hudson will be a tiger so he will be warm and especially since it was in our dress up clothes and I didn’t have time to make him an Olaf or Sven costume, sorry buddy.

Lake Jeanette Camping Part 2

25 Oct

I know this campout was a while ago but I have pictures from the weekend so why not do a blog post about it, right?

Camping is such a wonderful way to detach from reality and get in some real forced family activities, aka FFA =)

I love this picture of Jared and Hudson eating breakfast together as the sun is rising.

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While Hudson took a morning tent nap, Jared took the girls out fishing and they caught two northerns.

While Jared was cleaning the fish, Sophie kept saying, “Dad!  You are being so mean.”  And then she would go on to make the northerns kiss each other and demand that Jared cut its eye out so she could play with it.  Yeah, she is one interesting little lady.

I bet you didn’t know a northern could be worn as a belt:

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We had a delish lunch of fresh fish, thanks to the brave fishermen and ladies.

Sometime during that day Aleah took a three hour nap and boy was she a new person when she woke up.

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We even got some “school” in as the girls learned the names of some tree and did leaf rubbings.

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At the end of the day we climbed up a cool lookout spot and the girls found a tree that they scampered up as well.

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I am sad that camping season is over but looking forward to future outings with my family.

And the Winner is…

25 Oct
ElizabethOctober 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm Edit #

Your dress looks fantastic and I LOVE your fabric choice! This book looks like a really great way to learn how to make unique alterations to thrifted clothes. :)

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Please e-mail me your address and the Magic Pattern Book will be on its way!!!

thanks

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