Thursday, June 19, 2014

Memory Lane {record rain}

Another day of pouring rain. This has been such a rainy spring and summer and each time it rains I run downstairs to check and make sure the sump pump is working and we have no water problems. After the flooding we had in April and the restoration that has been done, I am worried each time it rains.

Pioneer Press tweeted; '4.13" of rain fell @mspairport, the 6th wettest calendar day since 1871. Number 1? You might remember: 9.17" on July, 23, 1987."

And I do SO remember that day! It was the summer after my freshman year in college and I was home at my parents house. Relatives were visiting from Illinois; our Aunt, Uncle and favorite cousins, Cindy, Sandy and Sheri. 

My sister, my cousins and I had gone shopping at Ridgedale mall for the afternoon and is where we were when the storm hit. The sirens were going off and everyone in the mall was told to go to the storm shelter areas. At some point, I had called my Mom from a pay phone (this was before cell phone days) and told her we were ok and were going to be late. :) 

We waited in the shelter area for quite a while and then decided that we would brave the elements and leave for home. I remember taking off my shoes and running barefoot through the flooded parking lot to get to the car. I picked up the girls from the entrance and we started heading for home. 

I remember it raining so hard that I couldn't see the road. I remember all the roads that were just flooded over. I remember seeing cars stranded everywhere. I remember not understanding how dangerous it was to be out driving as we were laughing and laughing at how funny our situation was.

The story goes, that my Mom, Dad, Aunt and Uncle were at back at my parent's house worried about us-- but had just said; "At least they are safe at the mall" when the heard the garage door open and the giggling 5 of us come through the back door. :) Kids!

These pictures were taken the following day just down the road from my parents house.

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(People that lived on this road?)

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(Cindy, Sheri, Sandy, Kim... and I was taking the pictures :)

It is funny how a current event can trigger a memory from so long ago.... something not thought about in years.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dean's List

Jake- Deans List
So very proud of Jake for making the Dean's List at Notre Dame!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day weekend

Our weekend was filled with graduation parties, ACT prep, refereeing for a soccer tournament, ACT test taking, a hockey tournament, working.... but between all of that we managed to squeeze in a little time to celebrate Father's Day; including a late dinner of ribs and a family movie night. :)

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Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Lens

Summer weekends are always my favorite, and this one was no exception. Our weekend in words and pictures- and in no particular order.

We attended some graduation parties. We went on a shopping trip at Mall of America. I was invited to an If:Table gathering and met some new ladies, had great conversation and tasted some delicious food.

Pete and I enjoyed dinner and cocktails on the patio of Vivo in Apple Valley. It was our first time here since it opened and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

I love this quote taken from Vivo's website:

"In a home, the kitchen is the spot where families gather, parties migrate, and food draws friends around. That’s also the spirit of Vivo kitchen: we are a place to come as you are. We use local, seasonal ingredients to prepare food that’s delicious without being mysterious.* Vivo translates as “life” — and that is what we want every guest to experience to the fullest. We look you in the eyes, care for you personally, and make you feel as welcome as if you are in our home. Because, for us, a kitchen is the heart of a home — and great hospitality is the heartbeat."

This reminds me of a book that I have read recently called 'Bread & Wine'. This was a fabulous book about the 'celebration of food and of the joy found in life around the table.'

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I cut some lilacs to brighten up my 'officina'.

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My favorite.

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I made some chocolate chip pancakes for the boys for breakfast.

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A new toy was brought home for Bella. 
(We finally found a brand that she won't immediately destroy!!)

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A new bed was delivered for Tyler. 
(I may be a little jealous of his ultra comfortable, memory foam mattress. :)

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We made a trip to Morelli's to purchase some ingredients for dinner

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of homemade pasta

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and the most delicious Italian Sausage Tomato Alfredo sauce {recipe here}

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The pasta dinner and the gelato dessert had us reminiscing about our trip to Italy.

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Good food, good conversations, good memories, good weekend!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A to Z Pizza Farm

We found this gem of a spot last summer and couldn't wait this season for a nice Tuesday evening (the only day they are open) to visit again. A to Z Pizza Farm is located in Stockholm, WI and is about an hour and 15 minute drive from our home-- a beautiful scene drive along Lake Pepin.

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This is such a unique and fun spot to enjoy a summer evening. Just like a picnic you bring everything in with you- except for the pizza and alcohol. Most people bring in a card table, chairs, a picnic basket, plates, glasses... but you also see everything from a picnic blanket to flower centerpieces and candles. Basically anything goes.

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The main building where you order your food.

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The pizza oven.

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They also have a farm table set up selling fresh bread and eggs.

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The grounds are gorgeous and kind of make me want to live on a farm. :)

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The sky on the drive home looked like a watercolor painting

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which seemed like the perfect way to end such a great summer evening!

Monday, June 2, 2014

weekend lens

One of our goals this summer is to try a 'new to us' restaraunt each time we eat out. We love trying new places and there are so many great restaraunts in the Twin Cities-- so it is the perfect combination. Friday night was warm and sunny and a perfect evening to find a spot to eat outside on a patio. We decided on Stella's Fish Cafe in Minnepolis.

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We ate out on the roof top deck and enjoyed the sunshine, the food and the cocktails.

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There was also a stop at Sebastian Joe's for a scoop of ice cream. :)

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The rest of the weekend was spent getting my plants and herbs for my garden,

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making a pan of a favorite springtime treat: {rhubarb torte},

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finishing this book,

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Pete and Drew going for a group Nissan/Z drive through Wisconsin and Minnesota,

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and a quiet evening out on our deck.


It was another great weekend!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Bucket List

summer bucket list

walk around Lake Calhoun, Harriet, Isles and Nakomis at least once
fish tacos at Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun
Music at the Zoo concert
visit the Pizza Farm
pick strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
go on a picnic
weekly trips to the farmer's market
visit some old and new ice cream shops
peddle boat 
drive-in movie
visit Eloise Butler wildflower garden
Prior Lake Music Fest
find some fun patios for cocktails
go to Powderhorn Lake to see Minne the Lake Creature
grow a vegetable and herb garden
reread Little House in the Prairie books
State Fair
Minnehaha Falls
Vino in the Valley
s'mores by the bonfire
Twins game
an evening of golf
Uptown Art Fair
visit the MN Landscape Arboretum 
lots of sitting on the deck in the evening with twinkle lights



Thursday, May 29, 2014

Memory Lane {cousins}

I have not done a 'memory lane' post in a long time, but this recent picture taken at Tyler's graduation party brought back memories of a favorite picture of the cousins when they were much littler. :)

(Drew, Jake, Tyler, cousins Max and Riley: missing cousin Ian)
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(picture taken in 2001--front row Jake, Riley, Tyler and Drew; back row Ian and Max)
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"A cousin is a ready-made friend for life."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Basement Restoration

In the last post I did about our basement after it had been flooded ended with a picture of drywall being torn out to allow the walls to dry.

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Since that last post, we have had new drywall put in.

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We have ripped out the old carpet.

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Tyler and Jake have been sharing the lower level family room since coming home from college. They have been such troopers through this whole process but I know they were both anxious to have their rooms back and a little privacy--and a place to put their things. :)

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The carpet was installed.

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The carpet came earlier than we expected and so the priming and painting happened after that.

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Jake wanted his room green... for Notre Dame.

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And Tyler's room we did a cream color.


And one month to the day exactly, we moved the boys back into their rooms!!

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Tyler's room is just waiting for a new bed that he purchased to be delivered.

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It is such a great feeling to have the basement finished and the boys moved back in where they belong!