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September 25, 2016

End of summer at the Cottage


Netta and Mama, hanging out. They're really good friends.

Bailey, a beautiful boy-girl.

We actually do feed this boy.

Lewis, sparkled.

A sparkling ghost of Jessica.

Look at that intensity.

This is a game of 'sandball'. A now beloved game invented by the boys and played a whole lot. They love it.

More sandball.

Beach wrestling.

I caught this Northern off the dock! I still can't believe it! It's incredible and was super exciting for everyone!

Twins, loving on each other.

Twins, sleeping near each other.

Bailey and a shark.


Scene setter.

Art singing and doing a super weird dance.

A true story. It was super surprising. Afterwards Lewis said, "Papa, that was sorta scary. Can we go back to the dock now?"

And that's it.

August 13, 2016


my mother just sent me this old super lovely photo of Bailey and Netta.

August 11, 2016

Poor reenactment of a great photo

On the way back from a camping trip on the North Shore or Minnesota (photo of that to eventaully appear in this space), we stopped at Banning State Park, the same place we did a few years ago. I made a wonderful photo that is not printed huge in our house, the kids love to look at it. So they all demanded we find the same rocks and re-enact the photo today. Here's my mediocre photo of their stellar effort. The original:

and today:

July 07, 2016

Fishing with Grandpa Tim

measuring a worm

Nighttime duties

We are trying a new nighttime chore regime, where kids work together every night on dishes, sweeping and wiping down table. When it work (which it does most of the time) it's a pretty wonderful feeling for everyone.

Our own little scullery maid!

Congratulations, Lewis!!!

8-year-old Lewis just finished the TWELFTH and final book in the series How to Train Your Dragon. It's just so amazing to me, so proud of him for reading so many thousands of pages and feeling the big feelings books can give you. Congratulations little boy! And even better, he did it all with this wonderful bookmark.

Riding the light rail train to a Saints baseball game in St. Paul

Coming up

June 21, 2016

Summer sing-a-long

Sunday we had simple, super-fun sing-a-long that I failed to take any photos or video from. here's a nice little thing captured by our friend Pat Cook (thanks, Pat!).

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