Wednesday, September 3, 2014

first day

This guy. My baby. A junior in high school.


As much as I was in denial with my older two boys going through high school and all of the mile stones reached... my baby going through this is that much harder. :) Just thinking that I only have one more "1st day of school photo" to take is bittersweet. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

college move-in

The temperature is still very warm outside, but it feels like Fall is in the air because it is college move in time. We packed up the car, fitting in as much as we could and we were off for the 10 hour car ride.

Jake taking his dog for one last walk before heading back to school.


Our flag was flying.


Jake was so happy to be back on campus!!!


We had lunch at Legends of Notre Dame, a sports bar on campus.


This view never gets old.


We moved everything up to Jake's dorm room pretty quickly. He is in a quad this year and has 3 connecting rooms shared by him and three roommates.


I am looking forward in seeing this once they get everything set up.


It never gets any easier saying 'good-bye'.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

a week at the cabin

We enjoyed the annual week at the cabin with my Mom and Dad and my sister and her family. This year marks the 9th year that we have been coming to this resort with family and while most years I take a ton of photos, this year the camera hardly came out. We had a great week with equal amounts of activity and relaxation.

Savoring the beautiful sunsets.


A couple of golf outings.


And pontoon time.



Sitting back and putting our feet up.





A trip to "Dewey's" for the guys. :)


And more sunsets.


Monday, August 11, 2014

{weekend lens}

Along with packing for our annual cabin trip, we managed to pack in a lot of fun things this weekend.

We enjoyed a dinner at Hola Arepa in Minneapolis. Hola started out as a food truck and just recently opened their first restaurant. I had heard a lot of good things about this place and I am so glad that we tried it. Great food and great atmosphere.




We shared two small plates: the 'arepitas' which were fried arepa stuffed with jalepeno and goat cheese and the 'vigoron' which was roasted pork, yuca, cabbage slaw and pico de gallo. Both were so good.


We visited Minnehaha Falls on a beautiful summer night.


Shared some fish tacos at Sea Salt.


The line to order at Sea Salt always amazes me.


We had a mischievous dog on our hands.


Pete's new grill was delivered which he promptly built and got set up on our deck.


We were back in Minneapolis to get some donuts at Bogart's.



We grabbed some doughnuts and coffee to go and went over to the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet for a doughnut picnic. I think this may be my favorite kind of picnic. :)


Our view in the Rose Garden which is always one of my favorite spots to visit and then we did a quick walk around Lake of the Isles to work off the doughnut. :)


Then we drove over to Powderhorn Lake to catch a glimpse of Minne the Lake Creature which was on my summer bucket list.



Busy making trays of cinnamon rolls to bring to the cabin.



Trying out the new grill with some grilled pizzas.



It was a good weekend!

Monday, August 4, 2014

{weekend lens}

Some highlights from our weekend included: a day at the Uptown Art Fair. It has been many years since we have gone and it was a lot of fun walking around just taking in all of the sights.


We enjoyed a dinner and drinks on the riverfront patio at Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge.



I finished two books this weekend. Still Alice was an amazing book that I could not put down and read in just one day. It is a powerful book about a woman with Alzheimer's written from her point of view that touched me as I remembered by Grandpa battling this disease. It's a book I highly recommend. 


Jake and a friend of his from college went to the Paul McCartney concert!!! I may have been just a bit jealous. :)


Summer weekends are the best!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Piece of Childhood

It is the end of an era. :) I finally talked bribed Pete into selling our old Rainbow swing set. Over the past many years, each time I have brought up selling the swing set Pete has been very adamant about keeping it. I am not really sure why he has been not willing to let it go but I have always just let it be.

Our boys are now 22, 19 and 16... and so it has been many years since this has gotten in real use.

This summer when I brought up selling the swing set I told Pete that he could use that money to buy the new grill that he has been coveting and needing. Well, that must have done the trick, because a week later the swing set was sold and going to a new family with a couple of little boys that I am sure will love it as much as ours did!


Jake and Drew and the brand new swing set in the backyard at our old house. Spring of 1998.


The boys watching the movers take down the swing set to move to the new house. Spring of 1999.


Tyler and Jake at the new house. Summer 2000.


Yep, I think they have outgrown it! Summer 2014.


Ribbet collage

I do have to say that this has been a little bittersweet. While I am happy to have a big piece of our yard freed up and happy to see this going to another home with little boys-- it has been a little sad to say good-bye to a big piece of the boys childhood.


Monday, July 28, 2014

{weekend lens}

Quiet summer weekends are my favorite. With out any scheduling demands we really are able to sit back and appreciate the little things that make up a great weekend.

Sitting in the chairs out front.


Trying another new-to-us restaurant: Smack Shack.  We had the best crab cakes, Po' Boy, and lobster roll. So good! 



Browsing the Farmer's Market.


Trying a new bottle of wine chosen solely on the label. :)


Admiring the first 'harvest' from my garden. :)


Smoking some salmon and some of the biggest jalepeno poppers ever.


All added up to another great summer weekend.