Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lettuce Harvest

I picked our first big harvest out of the garden today - lettuce.  I pre-washed it in batches of cold water with lemon essential oil and then hand washed each leaf individually under cold running water.  I got 4 layers of lettuce the entire width and length of our breakfast bar.   I took out enough lettuce for side salads for supper tonight and another 15 cups or so for a salad for the church potluck tomorrow.  And we still have 2 3/4 layers left!  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


The bouquet the kids picked for me on our walk.  They even put them in the vase and arranged them.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday Isabella Lou!

Five years ago our spunky little girl decided it was time to greet the world. After a whirlwind 1 1/2 hour labor she arrived at 2:55 in the afternoon. We joke that I didn't even have to miss a meal.  She's been blazing trails ever since with her independence and vivacity. A tender and sensitive child, she hides her innerself well with a tough outer shell. We Love You Isabella Lou and are blessed to call you ours. Happy 5th Birthday Princess!

Isabella celebrated her 5th birthday with a sunny day at the Hibbing Mine View park, Bennett Park and Sammy's Pizza. She's still very into Frozen and had a frozen theme party with lots of frozen and princess presents. 

flowers from Daddy

that's one big tire!

mine truck

with the cousins

the birthday girl and her cake

new clothes from Grandma

a new suitcase! 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Secret Service Agent

The kids started a new theme for Wednesday night church nights - service and missions.  So this morning, William completed his first service opportunity.  He was so excited!! 

Little Busy Bee

They say each child is different and presents a whole new set of challenges and boy is that true!  Despite having been through this twice already, this third child is constantly finding new ways to get into mischief. 

She is a climber - she can climb onto the coffee table, the dining table, chairs, toy boxes, you name it.  The climbing up on tables is a completely new thing for me.  She also climbs under things - she will get herself stuck under tables, chairs, etc.   Again, this is a new thing. 

here she is wiggling herself unstuck from under the phone cabinet and chair

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Curly Girl

A friend of mine let me borrow her book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey.  It's a hair care guide for people with curly hair.  The author explains how to properly wash, hydrate, dry, style and cut curly hair.  She explains what to do and what not to do to make your curls look great.  She also goes into and explains the different types of curls.  There are special sections for children, men and multi-cultural hair as well.  The book also explains what types of chemicals to avoid in hair care products and what types of additives to look for. 

I LOVED this book!  I so loved it that I went and purchased my own copy of it.  I have been following the guidelines on Bella's hair for about 3 weeks now and it's made a HUGE difference!  Her hair has never looked better!  I always used to call her my wild child because her hair just refused to be tamed and would be this crazy, frizzy halo.  Ten minutes after I combed it, it would look like she just crawled out of bed.  Now her curls are defined, tame and beautiful. 

I highly recommend this book for anyone with curly hair. 


So last week it was sunny and 70 and William actually got his first little bit of tan.  This morning, this is what I woke up to...

April 21st in northern Minnesota.