Stormy Monday

I was all set for another steamy day, but at about 11:30 the clouds were rolling in and by shortly after noon the temperature dropped to 68 degrees and the rain started pouring. Audrey and Ethan were declaring that they were going to die. Audrey was saying, “We’re going to Heaven!”. Isaac was copying her 🙂 We survived. There was a ton of rain in a very short time. There are some tree limbs down here and there. Half a tree seems to have fallen over the Luce Line trail east of town. Our basement has stayed dry. It really makes us think that our earlier flooding was due to how saturated the ground was and not as much about a particular heavy rain storm.

Ethan started working on his “+1” math facts today. If only all days were this easy! After we finished our school work, I let the kids watch an episode of Liberty’s Kids on netflix. It’s an animated show set against the American Revolutionary War. They enjoy it and it’s a little break for me. Swimming lessons were canceled for the evening because of a power outage. That meant that I could get my run in earlier.

Nathan and the kid finished their evening by playing outside and pulling weeds from the rockbeds!

They filled up the wagon a couple of times.

Earlier this afternoon, while Isaac was napping, I worked on some things on the computer. When I got up to do something else, I found Audrey napping in the middle of the den.



She was wearing her “princess” mask” and was fast asleep.

And, a bonus photo from the other day:


We call this the lion princess. I can’t believe she pulled this costume out and then put her princess dress on over it. That’s our girl!

Running again (sort of)

I’m so thankful that the pain in my knee seems to be gone! I’m taking it very slow and working through the couch to 5k program again. I’m accelerating it a little because I think I’m just going to run every other day instead of 3 times a week. So, some weeks that will be 3 times and some weeks it will be 4. It’s been hot, but I have a water bottle and it’s really not that bad since I’m only running for 90 seconds at a time right now!

If I’m feeling good, I may try to do the nickle dickle race in Waconia in September, but I’m not training for anything right now. It’s just in the back of my mind as a possibility.

We spent some time at the park this afternoon and I was able to get some good photos:





I think we’re going to do a beach morning tomorrow! With Nathan along it’s always more fun! I do less calling out, “Don’t go out so far!”

Nature Girl

Nature Girl
Audrey really wanted to bring her nature journal outside and do some drawing

Today was our science day for school. We were going to spend more time outside, but the mosquitoes were awful. I’ve never experiences that many at once. Eeeeek.  I quickly gathered everyone and ran back inside. Hopefully, the city will spray again soon and we’ll see the number go down. Before we went in, I took this cute photo of Audrey. She actually went out again later after I sprayed her with bug spray.

It’s been a quiet day. Isaac went down for his nap a little later than he usually does. The big kids have been playing. Audrey is getting the dolls ready for wedding time and Ethan is pretending to nap on her bed until the big event starts. All the dolls are lined up in the hallway outside of Audrey’s room.

I’ll be sure to update you if anything interesting happens!

All Mondays Should Be Like This!

It’s Monday and I didn’t want today to feel like a gloomy Monday. I wanted to do something to really enjoy the day. After doing a few tasks around the house, I told Ethan and I Audrey that we were going to do something. I didn’t tell them what it was. I just let them follow me to Audrey’s room where I pulled out Audrey’s swimming suit. Then I went to the boys’ room and grabbed their suits. Immediately, Audrey was exclaiming, “Are we going to swimming lessons?” “Are we going to the beach?” Even Isaac was excited.

So, we spent the morning at the beach and the weather was perfect. I’ve never seen my kids happier than when they are playing in the water. It was an added bonus that we ran into some people we knew from our church. We shared beach toys and they helped watch the boys when I took Audrey to the bathroom (so much easier than having to take all three when they would rather be playing).

We did school this afternoon and wrapped up the day with swimming lessons. Ethan has lessons at the same time as the Baker kids. Audrey looks forward to seeing “Erica’s sister” when we go. Poor Audrey was a little confused when I explained that is was Tim’s sister, not Erica’s. I got to hear all about the Warrior Dash that Kristen did. Crazy! I can’t even imagine a race that had enough people that had starting times all day for 2 days.

I got out and ran a tiny bit tonight. It was mostly walking since I’m trying to be patient with increasing running. I’m basically starting the Couch to 5k over again. I know that I have the endurance to run farther than I am now, it’s just the physical part I want to be careful about.

How about a photo? This morning, all three waving to Nathan as he left:


A Break

The weather was so much nicer today than it has been. The humidity was way down and the high temperature was at least 10 degrees lower. I even had the windows open this morning!With the extremely hot weather we haven’t been outside much, but when I saw how nice it was this morning, I sent Ethan and Audrey outside soon after breakfast and we made a trip to the park before lunchtime.

I’m still figuring out my hip/knee issues. The shoes have been great, but I have felt some tightness the last several days. I walked/ran yesterday and it felt really good, but this morning and throughout the day, I’ve been sore. So, I’m still diligently doing to my stretching and trying not to overdo it. I wish I had some specific instructions of what to do!

Nathan took this photo the other day. He was invited to a wedding in Audrey’s room. I think the red “carpet” is the center aisle.

These stuffed animals are having a Bible study on the kitchen counter. I told Audrey I needed to practice explaining a Bible study approach and she brought her stuffed animals out for the event. She also brought them a Bible. There were also some on the floor that had paper to take notes (I’m not kidding).

A photo of Audrey’s Easter Dress


The flower girl dress from Brian and Missy’s wedding is getting enough use! This is the third time she was able to wear it. We went through several headbands and none ended up staying on her head for long. She didn’t like how they felt. I don’t really blame her. They were cute though! The boys wore matching pants and shirts, but I don’t have a good photo of them together.

I am so tired. I don’t remember when I last felt this exhausted. Off to bed with me.

All About Audrey


We’re still learning new things about Audrey. I would have thought that since she’s our daughter we would have her all figured out. That is not the case, and I’m assuming that it probably is the way it will always be with all the kids. They just keep growing and developing into their own little people. It’s fun and terrifying at the same time.

Today I wanted to spend time reading with the kids. She was in tears because she wasn’t ready yet. She was still cleaning her room. I went to help her and there were  a few items on the floor, but it looked really good. I hadn’t even told her to clean her room. She just wanted to do it. Earlier in the day she told me that she didn’t want to hear a Bible story because they were “boy” stories. Yesterday’s reading was the battle of Jericho and battles really aren’t the sort of thing that get my girl excited. I chose the story of Esther for today. She loved it!

She sleeps with her princess mask on at night.

She likes to help set the table.

She is really good at drawing.

She dresses up all of her stuffed animals in her dress-up clothes.

She uses the words “title sequence” and has no idea what they are. She just knows it’s funny. (thanks to the cartoon Phineas and Ferb)

She loves to be tickled.

She says that she loves everyone the best.