Summer is Coming

I love summer. More specifically I love the idea of summer.  In my mind, summer is sun drenched days by the water, afternoons in the hammock and long feasts of summer fruits that drift into evenings by the fire.  In my life, summer is chaotic mornings filled with guilt because it’s 11:30 and we’re still not outside. Followed by unimaginative lunches and sweaty naps. Eventually, leading to “yes, whatever, you can watch some TV.”  Finally, ending with very late bed times and cranky parents and kids.  In reality, I don’t even have a hammock or a fire pit, can you imagine policing my crew with those two hazards on site?

What’s a summer idealist to do? I cannot give in, if I accept defeat and admit that summer may not be our best season then I will have nothing to push me through Minnesota’s seemingly, unending winter.  No, I must take back summer!!!  I spent quite a lot of time contemplating this in February, March, April, and most of May when it was still freezing outside and developed a plan of attack.  I shared it with Twin Cities Moms Blog, please check it out if you want to know how I’m going to win summer or if you love me and want to make me feel good.

Summer is Coming: This Mom’s Guide to Survival

As always, I’ve held back a little for you, my few but faithful readers:

8. Summer cuts. Something about buzzing off most of their hair symbolizes a fresh start.  Also, it makes it a lot easier to check for ticks.

9. Fire Pit.  I am indeed hoping to add a fire pit to our outdoor decor.  Now that I have a plan life is \going to be too easy, so I thought I’d add a touch of mortal danger to our evenings.


Staycation Spring Training

Am I the only person who is glad Spring Break is O-V-E-R?  Four days later and I still feel like I spent too many days in the sun with a umbrella drink in my hand (except I don’t have any tan lines or pictures of things I regret on the internet). We had a Staycation this year and despite avoiding TSA and the arduous task of packing and unpacking, I am exhausted.

I did a little (a lot) of planning in advance to avoid the Lord of the Flies reenactment that happens at my house when the boys get bored.  To learn more about this you’ll have to read my most recent post for Twin Cities Moms Blog: Spring Break Staycation.   Having a plan definitely helped but unfortunately our lovely early spring 60 degree weather promptly iced over as soon as Fletcher got home from school.  I should have toughed it out and forced us outside because it is the best way for us all to let off steam. C’est la vie! Instead, we visited the Children’s Museum, the MN Zoo, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Roseville library.  Between our outings and lots and lots of potty breaks there weren’t many moments left but we filled them with crafts and games.

The week was sort of my time trial for summer.  Apparently, I need a lot more practice.  My Pinterest researching to activity hands-on time ratio is way to high. I need to do some patience stretching exercises.  Perhaps, I’ll run up and down the stairs with an over stuffed bag in one arm and a screaming child in the other.  Hopefully, this regimen will reduce my recovery time so I don’t have to spend all of September hiding from the world.

In the meantime, here’s some Spring Training game tape for your review:


Photos for a Purpose

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  The Curl-a-Thon was yesterday and I rate it as a fantastic success.  My team the Freezer, exceeded our fundraising goal.  Thank you.  We won our game and in a last minute upset ousted the 2nd place fundraising team for the silver in donations.  Most importantly a lot of money was raised for FEA which is what really matters.  All in all over $6,000!

There was one small hiccup in my fundraising plan to exchange cute photos and mediocre playlists for donations.  Since I was not our team captain I was not notified of who donated to the team.  Of course, I know all of you did so I will shower you with photos and perhaps a Curling/Valentines Day inspired mix.  If you’re feeling a little guilty about receiving these lovely smiles and not donating (like the World Wildlife stickers that spread guilt all over our art projects) you can still donate at  For those of you who did THANK YOU and enjoy!


Curling for A Cause

Surprise, I’ve waited until the last minute to do something!  I know, I know it’s so out of character for me. Typical or not I have waited until a few days before to ask you all to support me in a Curl-A-Thon for the Fund for Education Abroad.  FEA was my baby before I had lots of babies and I am so impressed and delighted at how much good this organization is doing.  In the three years since our initial group of scholars in 2011-2012 they have tripled the number of scholarships to 21 recipients for 2014-2015.  I am so proud to have been a small part in helping send these deserving students abroad.  This Thursday I get to continue in this support through the 2nd annual Minnesota Curl-A-Thon.  Since I am not much of a curler, I’m hoping you can help me bring something else to the table.  Please consider making a donation to FEA through our team The Freezer.  You can donate at, even a small donation will help us reach our goal.

On another note TCMB posted my latest article today with tips on creating a “mixed tape” for your valentine.  If Vintage Valentine for the Digital Age, makes you wonder about my playlist prowess and you’re willing to donate to FEA, I will trade a curling inspired (or theme of your choosing) playlist for any Freezer team sponsorships.  And/or if you prefer cute pictures of my adorable children I will post cute new photos in return for donations.

Here’s a little something to inspire your generosity:

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You Think You’re Cooler Than Me

You think you’re cooler than me and you’re probably right.  But my kids are cooler than me so the bar isn’t set very high. This week on the Twin Cities Moms Blog, I talk about how I use my kids as an excuse to visit neighborhoods that are too cool for me.  It’s called Nordeast for Mini Hipsters but I’m so lame I’m not even sure what a hipster is so no promises it will up your cool factor.

For those of you who are too cool for the whole “reading” thing, I’m attaching two photos for your viewing pleasure:



A Day I Could Really Get Caught Up In

I’m a hugger.  I apologize in advance if we meet and you’re not because I’ll probably hug you.  I love them.  I read somewhere (or made it up) that children should get 17 hugs a day.  I can’t keep track of 68 hugs a day so I just hug them whenever I see them.

Hugs aren’t terribly photogenic but it’s National Hugging Day so I went through the archives and found these hugs.  Some of them are fuzzy, some half done, some with bad hair, I found all sorts.  Regardless, of the type or subject seeing them makes me almost as happy as getting one.

I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.

Shel Silverstein









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You Can’t Say I Told You So

Well, perhaps celebrating every National Day was a bit ambitious.  It wasn’t particularly well thought out either. I never looked beyond the second day to find out not every day was filled with yummy goodness like whipped cream and shortbread.  Good thing for me no one said any thing earlier so I don’t have to hear “i told you so” from anyone.

Whether I should have know better or not, I’m still going to try to add a little celebration to our everyday.  Today we reveled in our new easels.  So far the boys have created abstract bears, a van, an airplane, a lion, and a dinosaur.  I was thrilled by the how long they lasted painting, usually they are “all done” before I set down the paint.

Just in case you think I was just to lazy to find a way to commemorate today’s day, Happy National Bobblehead Day!