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Give it another shot…

13 Apr

It is nice to clean up every once in a while and head to a wedding.  This past weekend Jared’s cousin got married to a wonderful and sweet gal.  It was a morning wedding with delicious breakfast food and good lighting for pictures =)

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They are perfect for one another and they clean up nice too =)

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I am so thankful for the digital camera.

When I was growing up we did not have digital cameras.  We took pictures, then brought them in to get developed, held our breath and hoped for the best.  It was not until you opened up that envelope full of pictures that you would know if you had any pictures you wanted at all.  And unfortunately you would have to pay to get all those crappy, kids screaming, pictures developed along with any good ones you might have luckily taken.

All I am going to say is every mom is eternally grateful for digital cameras.  You can delete 39 pictures after looking through them to find that one gem.

Here is an example of a bad picture:

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And here is an example of a good picture:

And that’s why it’s worth it to give it another shot!

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Love my sweet, sweet family.

 

I Spy Book

6 Apr

Aleah and Sophi love “find it” or “I Spy” books.  These are really good books for them to look at while they are waiting to fall asleep since reading is not required.

I thought it would be fun if we made our own finding book with our own toys.  It was a success and the girls loved sorting through their toys to find the different colors for each page.

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Yeah so I haven’t exactly made the books yet, but yeah- I will get around to it some day =)  maybe when shutterfly or one of those other books have a nice sale- I am open to coupon updates =)

 

Day on the Hill

31 Mar

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We get out to snowboard or ski around the midwest but it is not until you head West that you realize what it really can be like.  Snowboarding out west means that you spend more time heading down the mountain than sitting on the chair lift.  It means there are breathtaking views around every corner.  It means that there will be powder somewhere that no one has yet found.  It means tickets prices are more affordable while still offering about ten times more runs.  After a few hours of boarding in the mountains Jared and I looked at each other and said, shoot, we can’t go back!

We were at Loveland Pass and you can see Keystone and Breckenridge in the background:

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This is Sophi while she was in Ski school, yup I know, probably the cutest thing ever.

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Jared’s mom, Mary, endured the lodge with stinker 20 minute nap Hudson.  She is my super hero.  Thank you Mary for taking such wonderful care of Hudson so we could have the snowboarding experience of our life.

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Bucket List

22 Mar

I have lived in the woods my entire life and have never seen a moose.  It is one of those things I just assumed would have already happened.  As time ticked on I realized I might never see a moose…but I wanted to see one so so badly!

We were visiting Jared’s parents in Colorado and Jared and his mom went on a hike while we were staying in a mountain cabin.  They came back two hours later with the news that they had seen a moose.  Here is the best picture they got:

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Well, since a moose is something I have always wanted to see, Jared, his dad and I headed off up the mountain to see if we could find them again.  While we were on the hike I assumed we wouldn’t see them since Jared and Mary had frightened them off around the mountain.  But what the heck, can’t hurt to go on a little hike I thought.

We got to the place where the two moose had been laying down and saw all the fur and hoof prints.  Then we headed down the path, following their tracks.  This place seems so surreal.  The ground was covered in snow and the trees were so thick you had to keep bobbing your head back and forth to see ahead.  Jared saw a dark blob ahead of us, then I saw it too.  The blob had not moved a muscle so I assumed it was a rock or a tree.  Just then, Jared exclaimed that it was in fact the moose!

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We dodged back and forth getting closer and closer all the while our adrenaline pumping.  The moose began to head around the mountain and we didn’t know if we were going to be able to get a good look at the moose.  We had Steve head up the mountain with the camera and cut across the way the moose were heading.  While he did that Jared and I kept following the moose tracks to push them in Steve’s direction.

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Enjoying Winter

15 Mar

“The only people who complain about winter are the people who don’t get out and enjoy it enough.” -Jared

We have been trying to not complain too much around here by getting out on the cross country skis and ice skates too, with the occasional snowbank (my back is freezing off) nap.

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What have you been doing to enjoy this snowy and beautiful winter?

Wedding Suit

6 Mar

I was approached after church two Sundays ago and asked  if I would be able to help with a sewing project.  The project?  Oh just, making a suit fit for a wedding that would take place in six days.  Uh….what?  Oh yeah and the kicker…the suit was for the FATHER OF THE BRIDE!!!! I mean seriously, besides the bride and groom, this is probably the most importantly dressed person.  This person has to walk down the isle and everyone is staring at them.  I mean granted, most were looking at Christie, the bride, but the wedding goers might occasionally glance at Mark, her dad.  Yikes.  At even the thought of this project I started to sweat.

I informed the Shermers that I had no idea how to do this and I would probably end up making Mark look like a homeless person.  They have WAY more faith in me than I in myself.

But in the mindset of being a willing participant, I agreed to try it out if a professional, Irene, Mark’s sister, was there to point me in the right direction.  So the Shermers agreed and came over to my house on Monday.

There we were in the basement looking at this suit that would hardly button in front.  Mark claimed in would probably be fine as it was just long as he didn’t move his arms and definitely didn’t try to hug anyone.  Well, that wasn’t going to do.  You cannot be the father of the bride and not hug anyone, right?

I wish I took pictures of the suit beforehand but I was assuming this was not going to work out.  Honestly.

I would have taken pictures of the suit while it was taken completely apart but I was freaking out so bad that I didn’t have time to even contemplate getting out my camera.

Irene, told me what I needed to do to make the suit fit.  I cut a strip of fabric (from an extra pair of pants) 3 inches wide that gradually narrowed to 2 inches wide, going from the bottom of the coat to the tip of the wrist.  I would have to do the same with the lining.  Try and make the armpits comfortable, fold the cuffs over so the lining would not show, sew things inside out, etc… After she drew me a diagram, she headed out to work on Christie’s wedding dress that needed more alterations.

And I freaked out some more.  As I took out each stitch with the seam ripper, I may have died a little. (I realize that I am being quite dramatic but you should have seen me those few days).

Negative thoughts kept racing through my head as I worked….  He is going to be walking down the aisle with a suit with no sleeves, does the suit really need a lining, what will Christie think if her dad had thread hanging out of the armpits, what if he can’t move his arms, what if he can’t move his legs, what if I burn more of the lining and set off the smoke alarm…

He came over each following day to make sure I was headed in the right direction. Each time I was more and more surprised that this was actually working!

When Mark came over for the last time, on Thursday and slid that coat on, I could not believe my eyes.  It actually fit and the suit looked wonderful on him.  No one was more shocked than myself.  Not only did it fit him, but he would be able to hug people on the wedding day!   Wow. Wow and phew.

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Here are some more pictures of the wedding night.

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Hudson dressed down for dinner-

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The end

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Kitchen Stencil (cooler than it sounds)

20 Feb

Every winter we end up doing a few home makeover projects since we have to look at the inside of our house so often.  We have recently tackled our dining room with painting a wall, painting a table top and just recently I painted this above the patio doors:Image

I think it ties the room together and I love that this is the first thing people will read when they walk into our house.

Here is how it’s done:

First print off the quote in whatever fancy font you prefer, then rub the back with a pencil:

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Sucker your mom into taping the words to your wall and then trace each letter:

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Magically, when you pull off the paper, the letters will be outlined

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Grab your headlamp- you know it’s a good crafty project if you are forced to wear your headlamp.

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Very seriously stare at your letters until they are complete.  And have tons of fun!

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All in all this project took one or two hours for three nights- so 4 hours total.  It was fairly easy but took some patience and a steady hand to paint in the letters.

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Blizzard

17 Feb

The kids and I spent the week at my parents house after playing in the pond hockey tournament in Eagle River.  I love this annual tradition alongside friends I grew up with.  (we weren’t sure what place we finished so we are all holding up a different finger)

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It is finally warm enough that we can go outside for longer than ten minutes!  Hooray!  We are currently getting a snow storm and loving it.  We have no where to go this morning and are hanging around and playing in the beautiful snow-globe like flakes.  Loving it.

Look at all this beautiful fluffy snow!

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The girls are sure glad to be with their daddy!

Apostle Islands Ice Caves

27 Jan

We have been hearing how amazing the Apostle Island Ice Caves are to see and explore.  We especially wanted to go since they haven’t been reachable over the past 5 winters.  Since we don’t want to wait until Aleah is 10 or who knows when- we decided to head out after church yesterday.

My wonderful friend lives about 30 minutes from Meyers Beach, which is the best place to set out.  So, we spend the night at her house on Sunday, and she kindly offered to stay back and watch Huddy so we could have an adventure with the girls, (the girls are old enough to tell us their feet feel like they are getting frostbite, but Hudson doesn’t quite know how to say that yet – we need to work on that to ensure his survival).  Here is one of her pictures from when she went on Saturday:

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On Sunday night- Jared and my phone rang at the same time, that only means one thing: school is canceled, or we owe more lunch money.  The former was true.  They had canceled school for Monday AND Tuesday due to freezing cold temperatures.

Most normal people would think, hmmmm, shoot.  Well, I guess we can’t go but Jared and my first thought was AWESOME!  There won’t be hardly anyone there!  We will have the place to ourselves.  Perfect.  Not so much.

We wore all of our warmest long underwear, hats, neck-warmers, mittens, boots, socks, coats etc but the element were still far too much for us.  The wind cut right through our clothes and pierced our skin, leaving us feeling like our best efforts of dressing appropriately were all in vain.  We could not see 100 yards in front of us and we were surrounded by blowing ice and snow.

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These stairs were a sight for sore eyes, no wait, they were a sight for partially frozen -closed eyes (I literally could not see out of my eyes since they had crystals connecting my top eyelashes to the bottom eyelashes).

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We were SO so proud of the girls and their willingness to have wonderful attitudes and follow us out into a wild adventure.

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When we piled into the car I realized that I had a flesh wound.  I have no idea how I got it and fyi I am NOT crying because of my finger.  The wetness around my eyes is the icicles thawing!  Lovely.

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The girls were overjoyed when we got them in the car, and told us emphatically that they are NEVER going back there again!  We told them that the next time the weather will be a whole lot nicer- perhaps summer?

Adventures with Wild Kratts

20 Jan

If you have little kids you have probably heard of the PBS show, Wild Kratts.  It is a pretty darn cool program and we all learn tons of stuff from this incredible show.

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Since it is the dead of winter and going outside doesn’t always work, (it is -40 below or Hudson is napping) I decided to spark a little fun and imagination for inside.

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I made them Creature Power Suits and Creature Power Discs.  In the show, if the Kratt brothers have the special suit on and then put in a specific disc- they will change into whatever creature they are following or trying to learn about.  In past episodes they have transformed into giraffes, fishes, moose, kangaroos, koalas, birds and even snakes.  It is a great show to get kids excited about nature and creatures.

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The girls ran around this morning deciding what creature to transform into and calling one another on their special wrist communicators (also with walkie talkies).

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This was very easy to throw together for the kids and will produce tons of good imaginative play in the little ladies!  I used felt for the suit and the discs and cut out different animals from random fabric I had in my wonderful stash.  Since felt sticks to felt, they can easily change what animal they want to be throughout their playtime.

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