Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Tequila Mockingbirds have been meeting and reading monthly.  This very exclusive club selects books, and then participates in very thoughtful dialogue surrounding the character and plot of each work.  And, sometimes we drink old fashioneds.
 
This summer we have read: Guilty Wives, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Where the Crawdads Sing, The Nightingale, Red Clocks, Cape May, and Grey.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kitchen Reno Update - making progress with some quartz countertops!





Monday, July 15, 2019

"Go camping." they said.  "It will be fun." they said.
Really, when Amy and Eric asked us to join them camping on Rainy Lake for a long weekend in July, no one thought we would go.   Apparently, they had the misconception that I didn't like camping.  Now, how could I not like camping when I had never been camping???  

We checked our calendar, and wrote in down in pen.  We were going camping, in the woods, on an island, with a tent.  Now, we just needed a tent...

In typical Prose fashion, we decided to extend the trip and leave a day earlier.  This day would be used to check out the Bemidji scene - including Paul Bunyan, the Mississippi River headwaters and the local brewery.





 The following day, we loaded up our boat (Thanks, Dad!!).  It was questionable at times, but it didn't sink under the weight of all our gear.  We slugged though the water to reach our very own island.  It was beautiful.  The next few days were filled with everyone doing exactly what they love - reading and fishing and swimming and reading and fishing and exploring and reading and fishing and playing cards and reading and fishing and taking pictures of sunsets.  Honestly, it was the most perfect camping trip I have ever been on.😊 
























Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Late May, I gave the kids the community education catalog and told the children they would each select 2 activities for the summer.  It worked out quite perfect, because Bennett's activities (marching band and a summer of service volunteering program) took up the month of June and Harper's activities the month of July.

I know you are just dying to know what activities Harper Nicole selected for this summer.  Well, she obviously choose tennis.  This selection was made because Daddy was "the best tennis player" who won "so many trophies", Harper was quite sure she would be good at it, too!  And, she knew the teacher.
Activity number 2 was ballet.  This choice was determined by Harper's love of dance, and the fact that the ballet class is the only class that does not perform.😂


 Harper was a bit nervous, but very quickly made friends at both activities.  She is very certain there is a tennis trophy and pointe shoes in her future.

Monday, July 8, 2019

It's only the first week of July, and yet these three pictures are the perfect summary of the summer of 2019.  
Two exhausted kids, 
 and unpacking, 
 just to pack again.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

From Pine City, we drove directly to Rose Lake.  Apparently, all that was accomplished during our stay was to take several pictures of kids driving a boat, and sunsets.  *Aside note:  Harper has become recently obsessed with taking pictures of "nature", because we all know how much she loves nature.