Monday, August 25, 2014

A Day on the Boat

Yesterday, we headed down to my parent's boat on the St. Croix River and spent the day visiting with my cousin Kristy, from California, as we took a little cruise and swim and enjoyed the hot summer day.  It was a short visit with her, but so good to see her after so many years.  William is almost 6 and this is the first time she's seen any of my kids.  Then, much the kids' delight, we got to stay overnight on the boat! 

so much fun cruising on the boat!

Coming up to the Stillwater lift bridge

Kristy and Bella

my cousin Kristy, Bella and my uncle Melvin

me & Catriana

All snuggled in and ready for bed on the boat!

just finishing up breakfast and packing, on the boat

Sunday, August 17, 2014

County Fair

Mid-August in northern MN means fair time!  This year we took Cate for her introduction to the animals, sights and sounds of her first county fair.  She enjoyed watching the big kids on the rides and meeting all sorts of new animals. 









Kittens!

2 of our cats had kittens - here is the one momma and some of her litter of 7.  We can't keep all of them, but they sure are cute!  And the kids play with them at least a couple hours a day.  They've named a few of them - mr. tickles, bella, and wendy.  






Spinach Harvest



Our first harvest from the garden.  4 gallon bags worth of spinach.  We ate some right away and froze the rest.  

Fun at Grandma's & Grandpa's

look at all the frogs we caught! 

Cate and Lisa meeting for the first time

Grandma has the perfect bouncing spot 

Fun at the Farm

A couple weeks ago we got to spend some fun time in the western plains of the state and catch up with good friends and family. 






Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cate is 8 (months)!

Catriana turned 8 months old this morning.  She continues to grow in independence and is such a happy, joyful baby.