May 2008


Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids and Outdoors28 May 2008 08:30 pm

Courtney and the treeCourtney loves to be outside.  She spent Memorial weekend enjoying being dirty in the woods.  We headed up to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park on Friday afternoon.  We were the first ones to arrive at the group campsite.  We set up the tent and cooked hotdogs over the campfire.  Natalie and her family and Zach and his family arrived later.  We enjoyed a relaxing night sitting around the campfire catching up with friends.  The kids loved sleeping in the tent and went to bed without too much difficulty.

The next morning we had breakfast and headed out for a 3.2 mile hike with all the kids.  Courtney was in the backpack carrier and Bode was a trooper.  We saw a porcupine waddling through the woods.  Jackson danced across the path when he saw a little snake.  We even saw a bald eagle.  Deer were spotted earlier and ticks were overly abundant.

After lunch, Ryan and Rebecca showed up.  We took the kids to a tree detective program at the park and then enjoyed some time at the playground.  Later we climbed the fire tower.  Most of us went all the way up.  Bode was a trooper again for that.  I think his legs were pretty tired at the end of the day.  Dinner got cut short a bit with an unexpected dog bite  (not our dog), but Jackson is doing well.  Check out Zach’s blog for the healing pictures.  That put a bit of a damper on the evening.

In the morning, we packed up and headed to Moose Lake.  We went to visit Aaron’s aunt and uncle and found his cousin’s family there.  Brent and Aiden came out to help move the camper and go 4-wheeling with Aaron and Bode.  They had a blast.  We got most of the remnants of the nasty old green camper cleaned up.   It’s cleared down to dirt in the area and ready for gravel to be delivered.  The plan is to make a nice gravel pad for the camper in the spot that overlooks the river.

On Monday, we headed home in the afternoon with tired and dirty kids.  They had a blast during the weekend and slept nearly all the way home.  We made it in time to pick up the dogs from the kennel by about 2 minutes.  Now it’s time to keep the laundry going and catch up.  I think I’ll stay home this weekend and relax!

Uncategorized28 May 2008 08:12 pm

Dad & Jo

Today is my Dad’s birthday. He’s been my dad for a lot of years. All my life to be exact.

I called tonight to wish him a happy birthday and found that he was out riding his motorcycle. What a great way to enjoy the day. As a kid, I loved going for motorcycle rides. Doing things with Dad was always special. Dad did them differently than Mom. (That doesn’t mean anything bad about the things Mom did. This is about Dad.) With Dad we got to feed cows, ride in the back of trucks in the field, drive tractors and combines and do all sorts of other farm things. It was fun. When Mom was sick, Dad would make us eggs and baked beans for dinner. I loved that. He could make scrambled eggs in a square that fit onto the toast. It was perfect.

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you.

Bode and Courtney and Kids03 May 2008 04:32 pm

Bode and Courtney

Actually, most of this is about what Bode says since Courtney is still just learning some words. Some of the things she’ll say are dog, thank you, mom, bye, more, mine, kick, ball and dad.  It was cute in the pool last week when suddenly she was kicking her legs and saying “kick, kick, kick” along with me.  Caught me be suprise.

I took Bode and Courtney with me to Sam’s Club on Thursday to pick up some food items. Bode has been extremely inquisitive lately. He asks questions about all the things he sees at home, in the car and at stores. I’m used to this but still got surprised when he pointed and said “hey mom…the spill center.” Sure enough…there was a sign that said spill center with an arrow pointing down at the supplies. He found another one on the other end of the store.

Shortly before the spill center incident, we headed down the cereal aisle. I love cereal, but I am somewhat picky about what we buy. I prefer to keep it healthy. I told Bode he could go find a cereal for us. He started looking at the boxes around him. He looked at the Cookie Crisp for a bit but didn’t say anything. I thought he’d see the cookies on it and want it. He then kept moving down the aisle looking at boxes until he came to the organic pumpkin flax crunch. Bode picked it up and said “Let’s get this one. Flakes are good.” I was mighty proud of my little boy right then. The kids are influenced by the choices I make. They enjoy eating healthier cereals. Courtney *loves* oatmeal. I usually have to make a double serving if I want to get enough.