Hello Again...

Sorry it's been fourteen days since I posted last. It has been a very busy two weeks for me...I am the swing of my new job and have yet to build out my team yet so I am doing the work of about four people...my campaign launches on 5/13 so we are just racing the clock at this point. 

On top of that, I ended up pulling off a very successful event with the Edina Public School administration and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. I had 10 people on the panel, the superintendent, the head of crisis management, the head of school counseling, three police officers, two firemen and two resource workers (cops that are on campus full-time). 120 moms showed up and I moderated the whole thing. It was really a ton of work and pressure- but the event was actually very enjoyable for me and I am really proud of myself for doing it. Now, do I ever want to run for public office? NO. That stuff is exhausting. I could never.

AND, then Nikki came this weekend, which was such a treat for me and the beans and Bennett. And then, I came down with strep on Sunday, so I missed work Monday and spent today, and will spend tomorrow catching up from that down time, and then we leave on Wednesday for Mexico.

People keep saying "Are you crazy? Going to Mexico right now?" Honestly- it feels a lot safer than the states right now. Which is so sad. So no I'm not crazy, yes I feel good about it, and honestly I am looking forward to six days in the sun with Bennett and the beans.

So, I will take lots of pictures and post them when I'm back. Love you all!


I was presenting to a room of 200 people on Friday when my phone rang from my pocket. I reached down, made a joke about who might be calling me, silenced my phone and kept right on going. During the 10 minute break in the session, I looked down and my mom had texted saying the school had called and Holden was sick. So I called and sure enough- they said she had a fever of 102. I was 1/3 way through my presentation and Bennett was unreachable...

So, I asked my coworker to finish the other two parts, and went to get Holden. I had a feeling that she had strep. She had been so crabby last week and I felt like maybe her voice sounded thicker than normal- so I followed my intuition and took her to the walk in strep clinic at the doctor's office. Within a minute or two- they said "Yep, she's positive..."

The only good thing about strep is that once you get the antibiotic- you start feeling better. She is so sweet, though, even that same night, she was smiling, though she was sick.


What a sweetheart. I'm so glad her hair is short again- her cheeks look a bit chubbier and that makes her look younger. :-)

Baby Love.

Jackie and I threw a Sip n See for our friend Sofya, this weekend. It was so fun- just a nice time chatting with the ladies from my former team, drinking cocktails, getting some baby snuggles- and having the house to myself all day. Bennett was a champ and took the kids to an all day wrestling tournament with the girl of little Davis's dreams (Amaya, from Jiu Jitsu) and her dad. It was a really nice break!


A few of the gals from my team! That is Jackie in the back and Sofya in the lower right- they are probably my closest gal pals from work.


I have wanted to order custom cookies from this cute little lady with a business called "The Polka Dot Cookie" and I finally did for this shower. They were beautiful and SO tasty. Karmia Eve is the baby's name. She goes by Mia.


So of course we needed Sofya champagne to go with the Mia cookies!

Friday Wishes.

Today, I am wishing:

- For continued warm weather in Minneapolis- it's been hovering between 30 and 40 and it feels nothing short of amazing. I haven't worn a coat- I've walked with a skip in my step- and it feels as though we might have made it through the worst!

- Trump will continue to unravel- and soon be out of office.

- That the Sip n See I am hosting on Saturday afternoon will be a success.

- That we all get along and it's a very low key, low stress weekend. Davis has been in a great space this week so I'm hoping that holds through the weekend. Holden, on the other hand, has been so tired and crabby, I've wondered if she is getting sick. I hope not.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'll post more pics later this weekend or Monday! Love to you all.

Figure Skating.

Holden has been as obsessed with Olympic figure skating as I as when I was little. So, you can certainly guess why she has been DYING to go ice skating the past two weeks. I know that she believed with every fiber of her being that once she stepped foot on the ice, she would be able to skate and dance and jump like the gals we have been watching each night. She and Davis both BEGGED to go- so when it was sunny and 30 degrees on Sunday- we went. And it was so fun.

We skated with them for about an hour and then took a hot chocolate break. After that, they went back out and skated more while Bennett and I chatted in the warming house. It was an awesome way to spend an afternoon and now I know I could bring a book or work and just check on them occasionally while out on the ice. And they were GREAT little skaters.

Davis was good last year- but Holden really picked it up this year. They were pretending to speed skate and figure skate and they both just zipped all over the lake. It's so fun to skate outside- much better than a rink. I think Holden is a little winter sports fan- she has really taken to both skiing and ice skating. They both left the lake saying they wanted to sign up for hockey! ZOINKS. Here are some pictures!

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Unprompted PROM POSE!

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THOSE TEETH coming in. Braces are on the horizon. :-(

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It was a lot of fun- a great way to be outside and enjoy the bold north. And today it's 35 degrees and man it feels like the whole damn world is my oyster. 

Look out, world.

Well somebody lit a fire under my ass this week- and part of me wanted to issue a warning to everyone because by about Wednesday, nothing was getting by me. Nope. I'm having calls with the head of Moms Demand Action to set up a gun control advocacy group here in Edina, I'm chatting with the superintendent and trying to get him to commit to show up and speak to a couple hundred angry moms about his plans to keep our kids safe, and I think I also had the final straw with Davis' teacher this week so we're chatting next week (with the principal) about how we are going to help Davis get more help in school so I don't have to supplement with teachers and purchase my own curriculum for the mini home school we've developed due to lack of action on her part. And this is supposed to be one of the best schools, in the best districts, in the country. And he is on an individual education plan- meaning he is already flagged for needing extra help- and if I can't get you to respond to my request for a conversation for weeks at a time- then we're going to have a different conversation.

So that's what I've been up to. You just reach a point where there's no more time for messing around. And I'm there. So, yeah, heed this as a warning because I am NOT mincing words these days. If you want something done right- I guess you really do just have to do some of them your damn self. HA!

But in the midst of it- I've realized this week that I have a pretty good network of friends and resources here. They aren't my family or my lifetime friends- but I've needed to vet a few ideas and issues with people here lately- and so I've reached out in ways I typically wouldn't- and people have really shown up. It's really given me an extra boost of energy after feeling down. And honestly- it furthers my realization that the more you share and the more vulnerable you are, the more real your relationships get.

I sometimes have a hard time opening up to people. I know what you are thinking- I DO have a lot of friends and I can and DO chat with everyone- but I would also say that there are only a handful of people that really know me well- beyond my family. I'm cautious about people. Not because I believe the worst in people- but more because I realize that you can't always expect the same things back from people that you give them. And for me- I don't need a ton of someone's time, I'm not really a needy person, like I said- I don't really share or expect that much from most people- but if I am going to invest time or pieces of myself- I do need to feel like a person has my back, and that when I need them to, they will show up for me. As I would show up for them.

You also might not believe that I am an introvert. But I am. And I get a lot of shit from all my friends here because one day, after taking this analysis and finding out that I am an introvert, I barged into work and said "YOU GUYS. I HAVE NEWS. I AM AN INTROVERT." And I've never lived it down. BUT IT'S TRUUUUUUUUE.

An introvert is someone who gets their energy from being alone. That doesn't mean they don't enjoy being with people- it just means they have to retire back to their space and some silence to get recharged. That's me. To a tee. Actually- I bet some of you reading this already know that...but people here don't believe me. 

Anyway. This week has flown by. As you can imagine- I haven't had much time to twiddle my thumbs- but I still can't believe it's already Friday tomorrow. I feel like yesterday was MONDAY. 

Each day I run from meeting to meeting to meeting. The sprint starts at 9:00 (at work anyway) and goes right until 5:00. And sometimes I could have up to 14 meetings in a day. 8 hours. 14 meetings. CRAZY. And when I get a gap in meetings- that's when I call the superintendent. Or the doctor to refill Ds meds. Or the tutor to schedule the next meeting. That's why time flies. And that's okay. As long as I don't wake up tomorrow and realize I'm 50. HA!

Okay this post has been all over the board. Just like me this week. Sorry about that. Love you all. Gotta run.



Left of Center.

One thing I have realized, very clearly, over the last few years is that in many ways, I am exactly the same person now as I was when I was little. 

I had a friend in the 5th grade, Drew Strout, that I would say is responsible for the one time I truly got in trouble in elementary school. Drew had bright red hair, and a mouth like a catfish, round and almost always open. He was tall and he was awkward, and there was almost always some amount of drool sliding out of that catfish mouth. If I could draw- I would be able to draw every detail of Drew, from his straight legged light-washed Levis to his lanky arms in his maroon thermal shirt and his ski-like black high tops.

He moved in when we were in 5th grade, in Mrs. Engel's class. All of the cool kids were in Mrs. Engel's class, and I was "going out" with the cutest boy in school, Spencer Hines. Spencer Hines had hair as blonde as it was gold, eyes as blue as a cornflower crayon, and even though I could not honestly suggest his haircut was all that different from a mullet, he was on fire and we all wanted to be his girlfriend when he also moved to Robert Frost Elementary. And he was my boyfriend.

I never was the cutest girl. I have always known that. And not to say that I didn't or don't see myself as attractive- it's just that I have always known that that my looks would never be the reason why anyone liked me. I was just a little different. I couldn't then say why and maybe I can't even now, but I have known it as far back as preschool. In some ways that has been very freeing and a big part of how I have developed into who I am. There is a confidence that comes with knowing that why people like you has nothing to do with what is on your outside.

Anyway. Drew Strout moved in and it was immediately clear that he was not going to win any class favorite awards. And maybe that's why I first became his friend, but that's not why I stayed his friend. Drew had a sense of humor that trumped any of the simpletons in my grade. Including Spencer Hines. And I have always liked to laugh. And so, though he had no friends, and he wasn't invited to sit with everyone else, Drew and I became friends and my friendship with Drew is the reason I first sat in the hall at Robert Frost Elementary while all of the other grades filed out the door for recess one day.  I. Was. Mortified. I thought I might never live it down.

I'm sure I had been warned a time or two. And maybe Mrs. Engel even suggested I not sit by Drew. But again, I liked to laugh, and he was too much fun. It was worth a trip to Mr. Cross' office. 

More to Come.



Up and Down.

The weather here has been very bizarre lately...Saturday was so warm and sunny, I thought to myself "Is it 50 degrees out? In February? That's what this feels like..." and then I looked at the temp and it was 34. HA! I would have never believed you had you told me five years ago that 34 could ever feel anything but frigid. It's all relative, right? 

Anyway- not the point. Then the next day it was about the same temperature, but gray, and it felt like it was probably 25. And then today was about 20 with tons of snow and ice. I have been feeling like it's a bit schizophrenic- but I thought it was just me so I mentioned it the other day and everyone I work with was like "Yeah- this is insane for February. It's supposed to be pretty set and starting to feel a bit warmer." 

So anyway. How Minnesotan of me to spend two paragraphs talking about the weather. :-)

Last week was a ringer, so when I went out to dinner and a movie with my girlfriend Ellie, and it was over at 9:15, I was ready to go home and get in bed. And I did. Same for Saturday. We both got into bed around 9:30 and fell asleep. I don't know if we have seasonal depression or if we're just tired but we were asleep each night before 10. I only wish I was sleeping well. I can't shake the recent shooting. It's keeping me up at night and I have just become infuriated by the lack of action by our government and frankly- by the people of the US. 

I guess that is what prompted me to post something on an Edina Moms Facebook page- not really expecting anyone would respond. Well- two days and almost 350 comments later- the moms of Edina are waiting on me to help organize some action around gun reform and safety in the Edina schools. SO. I now have that on my plate. At least I will feel like I'm doing something. It's the apathy of the nation that allows the gun laws to stay the way they are, and the politicians to continue to accept money from the NRA. 

Anyway. That is keeping me up at night. 

So, back to more optimistic and interesting things...we took the kids to the Walker museum on Sunday. I wasn't sure how it would go, but all in all, it went well. They enjoyed the sculpture garden the most- and I'm sure all of the other attendees appreciated the snowball fight that ensued between the Bennett boys.

My favorite sculpture is the blue rooster. I love it. It's the BEST blue and I like farm animal art. I don't know why. I just do. 

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We love all the memes and pictures of people trying to interact with the art- like the people who stand in front of the leaning tower of pisa with their arm out- like they are the one holding it up. We make fun of these things all the time- so of course we try to do our own anytime we see the chance. Here are Davis and Holden holding up the Minneapolis spoon and cherry. LOL.

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This was one of my favorite pieces of art in the cuban exhibit. I loved it.

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The kiddos have been so inseparable lately. They giggle all day- until someone is crying. They horse around, they play make believe. I love it.

It was a great outing- I'm glad we did it!


Fe BOO uary

February is the worst month. And I've always felt this way- so just imagine how much harder February is when you live in the bold north and its still winter outside and you know that you have a great deal of winter left. It's so interesting. Every year I have all these irrational thoughts, like "Ugh. I hate my job. I need to quit." or "This place is the worst. I want to move." or even as big as "Am I even doing anything interesting with my life? I should move to Mexico City and take up embroidery."

And the angel on my shoulder says "Sam, you say this every year and then about mid March you realize you were just winter-crazy." But then the devil on my shoulder is like "No girl. You mean it this time. You are totally validated and you should just burn this whole situation down and start over." 

So that's where I am right now. Just one second away from being lost in the cold, gray, desperation that is winter here in February. SO. What did we do? We booked a trip to Mexico for spring break. And seriously- it has given me such joy- even just thinking about it. 

So next we just have to get the kids passports and count down the days and we will be on our way. Sunny days on warm beaches, with margaritas a-plenty. I cannot wait. 

In separate news- Davis and Holden have said some funny things I want to remember lately...last night we watched the snowboarding finals where one of the guys had a HUGE wipe out on the half pipe. So huge that I actually shouted when I saw it happen. After shouting, I kept saying things like "Oh no. Poor guy. He worked so hard to get to the Olympics and now he is hurt." Davis was so intrigued by the situation- he couldn't get over it- and at one point, he looked at me and said "He is so poor. I can't believe he fell like that." HAHAHAHA.

It kills me that he has taken "poor guy" or "poor thing" and occasionally will say "he (or she) is so poor..." when he is talking about someone in a sad state. I love it.

And Holden, the other day said to me "Mom, did you know there is a gogre that lives underneath a bridge and tries to get you?" Bennett said "A gogurt?" (which is a kind of kids yogurt...and she said "NO DAD" with such an annoyed tone, "a GOGRE."

She's trying to say "ogre." :-) I love it.

Anyway. I do love Valentine's Day so things aren't all dismal, but I just had to make note of this month that can't get over fast enough. 

Love to you all!

Swimming in February.

Some pics from this weekend. We watched the Olmpics, we jiu jitsu'd, we ski jammered and we even swam. And now it's Monday again. 


I love this picture because they look so much alike. But I also hate it because they look so big.


More tomorrow!

I Heart Arizona.

Okay, I'll be honest. I have always kind of thought that Florida, Arizona and New Mexico are kind of the grossest states in the US. Just kind of hot, sweaty states, without any sort of interesting outputs and with more than enough bad fashion. So, if you had told me five years ago that I would look forward to, and even LOVE, time in Arizona every year, I would say that you were crazy. BUT IT's TRUE! 

The heat, the sunsets, the quick and easy plane flight (when your plane isn't delayed and then eventually cancelled like mine was on the way out there- but that's another story) the resorts, the shopping, the HEAT! I love it all. I would like to go there more often. I am ALL IN on what Minnesotans call "God's Waiting Room". I get it. I'm in.


This is a blurry picture from the porch of the CEO of Great Clips house- it was lovely and like a resort. I could have just moved right in. I went to a cocktail hour with Davis there and it was awesome to meet his co-workers and acquaintances. They all had such good things to say about him, and I was thrilled to watch him make people laugh and work the room. I am so proud of him.


And I surprised myself and joined him for the Phoenix Open too. Surprising myself is one of my guiding principles for 2018 (and beyond) but that is another post. Anyway- I had fun when I was with Davis, I enjoyed the silence when I was alone, and I also made two new girlfriends in the lazy river of the pool on Friday. We drank cocktails and floated all afternoon. They invited me out that night for dinner, but I already had plans. New friends are so fun.

And we have HONEY to thank for this breath of fresh air- she kept the kids and not only that- she helped with everything she could get her hands on. Laundry, errands, grocery stuff, fixing little things here and there, letting us sleep in when we got back. IT WAS AWESOME. SHE IS AWESOME. I am super thankful. So are the beans.


Love you all!

Goofing Around.

Bennett left for Whistler this weekend, so I had another weekend at home with the kiddos. I certainly don't love weekends without Bennett, especially back to back ones, it's a lot of work and it can also be kind of lonely...but they have gotten better. I think it's a combination of the kids getting older and also feeling more at home here. The first couple years when I would be at home by myself, we had zero plans, nowhere to go, no one to see, no one texting or calling me...and now, even if we don't do all the things, it feels nice and like home to know I have options.  And usually- we do have plans- which I typically like too.

I haven't been feeling really well lately- I feel like our house has had some version of sickness for the last month or two- but really that's how everyone is here. It has been a really sick season- there are always people out at work- either for themselves or their kids. So I've just been trying to tough it out. But Saturday, my chest was hurting so bad, and I slept for three hours straight. Little D was home with me- and he didn't wake me once. In fact, he kept leaning over to kiss me on the forehead. I guess he was thrilled to be playing his Switch that whole time- but still. I woke up feeling better yesterday- but I still sound horrible and can't kill my constant cough. 

So, Arizona on Thursday will be perfect for me. Honey is coming into town Wednesday, and then Bennett and I go to Scottsdale Thursday and come back Friday. He is going for work- and I am just tagging along because I found a cheap flight and I need some heat. Imagine a few days, alone, with nothing to do but read, sleep, hang by the pool and maybe do some shopping! Heavenly, right? Jan/Feb trips somewhere warm are truly mandatory. Not optional.

Anyway- here are some pictures from this weekend:


Saturday mornings: Holden gets ready for Ski Jammers and D builds Legos while waiting on his tutor, Jessie to come over. Tutoring is going great by the way! He loves Jessie and goes right along with whatever she asks. I wish she could cover math too, but alas, she is a reading specialist. 


Elsa's dad drove them to Mankato and stayed and skiied that day so she brought her doll Kit, along. Zach (Elsa's dad) got a great video of them skiing- I will try to post it on the blog.


Sunday morning I made them go get flu shots and then go to church- so they thought it was basically the worst morning ever. But we managed to make it fun nonetheless.


Hanging out at CVS.


Still hanging out at CVS, waiting for flu shots.


And STILL hanging out at CVS. But we got the flu shots and even made it in time for church. The sermon was about generosity yesterday and it was super impactful. We go to a presbyterian church in the heart of Edina- and the pastor is very bold and honest in how he talks about that. He said something like "We live in an area where the level of affluence is going up, and the level of joy is going down. There has to be some tie to that." And his main point was that until you are able to give freely of your things, your time, your skills, your money, you are a slave to wanting and thinking you need more. 

He also talked about comparison quite a bit. And that line "Comparison is the thief of joy..." and he talked about how we constantly compare ourselves to others- and maybe someone got something they didn't deserve and we think "well why didn't I get that?" or "what does that mean about me?" and he made it very clear that what other people have/get/do, how they are treated, etc. has absolutely NOTHING to do with you. 

He also talked about how everyone in the sanctuary probably feels like their kid is pretty special. Maybe they're super smart, or talented...and then he looked at the room and said "Don't forget- that your kid was born on third base. The kids in North Minneapolis are just as strong, smart, talented...they're just desperately trying to get off the batting mound." 

Anyway- it was really meaningful to me so I thought I would share.

More tomorrow!


Sweet Louise.

I don't know that I ever shared the pictures Carrie (Sweet Louise) took of us back in September. She did an amazing job, as always, and I love the location we picked. Here are a few of my favorites:


This weekend Bennett is headed to Vancouver, Holden has Ski Jammers while Davis has tutoring and jiu jitsu, and on Sunday, little D has a birthday party. I'll be low key- but they have a lot going on! Have a good weekend.

Snow Day.

We have lived here for almost five years- and we have never had a snow day. Until today. It snowed so hard from 9 am to 9 pm last night. In my five years here- I've seen a lot of snow flutter down, but yesterday's snow was quite a bit more aggressive. It was coming down sideways. 

I stayed at work until 5 and when I was driving home, there were cars stuck in the road at every corner. It was CRAZY. I drove slow and thought of my mom and how she met her best friend Dawn when her car got stuck on the side of the road and a man named Dick stopped to help her- then introducing her to his wife, Dawn! 

When I got home, Bennett and the kids (plus everyone else on the street) were out on the driveway shoveling snow and running back and forth to see and talk with all the neighbors. I came pulling up and Holden ran up to my door shouting "I'm playing with my friends!!" with a shriek of glee. There are two girls across the street who are about 12 and 14 and Holden would play with them every day if she could. She doesn't understand why they wouldn't just as likely spend all their time with their six year old neighbor as they would their friends from school. 

I wish I could capture the feeling of the night. There was such an excitement in the air- it's been a long time since we got snow like that and everyone was out shoveling and talking to neighbors they haven't really chatted with since September. And the light was just beautiful. The evenings are staying lighter longer- and some of our neighbors Christmas lights are still up- so those dim lights reflecting off the white snow just seemed like a perfectly lit scene. Warm, golden, enchanting.

The kids were so excited and I could just tell that this would be a memory for them. I couldn't capture it well in pictures- so you will just have to visualize it. Probably better that way.

Davis begged me to make hot chocolate for all the neighbor kids and was so proud to bring them each a mug full. "Holden- we need to offer it to them first!" 

Even Bennett and I felt like kids again.

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And then today- even though our roads were plowed by 6:30 am, school was delayed, and then called off all together, so the kids are having a REAL stay home from school snow day. I covered the morning, and Bennett is covering the afternoon. The kids were thrilled.


Such a fun couple of days! I think it's pretty fun to live in a place with four seasons- at least when it's not -10. That's been the other fun thing- it's been warm. Like 30s and 40s...so it's not miserable.

That's all for now.



We are expected to get up to six inches today. And everyone has left work but I am just looking out the window, dreading going outside. So I'm taking advantage of everyone being gone...and getting a few things done. 

Bennett went to Lake Mille Lacs this weekend with Murphy's husband, Justin. I think they had a great time, though they didn't catch any fish until the last day- and they only caught one total. The weather here has been beautiful, like 45 degrees, which is unheard of...especially considering that last week was in the negatives. BUT- this weather isn't good for being on the lakes. Bennett said that the lake was cracking and the front end of a few cars fell into the ice and had to be pulled out with tow hitches. Justin said that in all of his years ice fishing, he has never seen that happen. Global warming, people. It's very scary. Anyway- he made it home safe and sound yesterday afternoon and we all cozied up to watch the big Vikings game last night. We were SO excited. And just as quickly as we got on the Vikings bandwagon, the curse struck again, and we lost in a most devastating way. BAH. I really wanted the Vikings to be able to go to the super bowl in their hometown. Alas...

This week is pretty low key. Bennett leaves for Whistler this weekend (I'm jealous- I wish I could go) but other than that, we don't have much going on. It's kind of nice actually. I was just in Vancouver Thursday and Friday for work- had to do some presentations for the Best Buy Canada team. I was there less than 24 hours, but it was a good trip. Worth the travel. 

Well I'm kind of boring today- guess I will just hit the road and make the slow drive home. I think we'll play in the snow, which will be fun.

More tomorrow!


Holden Eloise is Six!

Holden turned six on Saturday and we had the very best weekend celebrating her. The only thing I would have changed if I could, was the fact that she really wasn't feeling well. She has had a horrible cough and sore throat all of this past week and we just can't seem to shake it. I have had the same problem, and I am about a week ahead of her. It is lingering for so long. Anyway- we had a great time in spite of it.


Saturday morning we opened presents- the biggest hit was the guitar my mom got her- and the lava lamp Nikki sent her. She is so excited about both of them. Little Davis gave her a lego kit and we gave her a horse for her American Girl Doll, Kit. Likely her very most special gift is the plate my grandmother gave her for her birthday. It is adorable- and has such special meaning. She loves it.

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After the boys left for jiu jitsu, we picked Elsa up and went for donuts. After donuts, we went to "Paint your Plate" and the girls each painted a mermaid jewelry box and a small kitten. I painted a bowl and I can't wait to see how they all turn out. It was really fun and I would love to go again...but I will say, it was surprisingly expensive. So, it won't be my new hobby by any means.


Then later that day, we went and checked in to Great Wolf Lodge- the newly renovated waterpark hotel by Mall of America. The Ohmes were going to meet us there for pizza and cake and some swimming- but then they surprised us and booked a room and stayed over. The kids were beyond thrilled. 


Sunday was pretty normal- just ran some errands and got ready for Monday...only to realize Sunday night that there was no kids club coverage for Martin Luther King Day the next day. WHOOPS. So, since Bennett had some big all day work meetings today- I took a last minute day off and had a really fun extra day off with the kids today. We stayed in our pajamas and made a family band in the morning, played legos, snuggled in bed, and the kids even got into sorting out stuff in their closets for Goodwill. It was a really cozy morning together, with no rush and no agenda. Then this afternoon we went to see "The Greatest Showman on Earth". And OH MY GOSH I have no words for how beautiful and magical that movie is. I'm not a big movie person, but I couldn't look away. And I left feeling so inspired. The kids loved it too- so we sang and danced to the music at the top of our lungs when we got home. 

It was a really great weekend. I'm having so much fun right now.

Back to work tomorrow- big meeting at 8:00 am. And then Thursday I am headed to Vancouver for work- for a two hour meeting within a less than 24 hour trip. I have to be home by 3:00 on Friday because Bennett is going ice fishing and I have to pick up the kids. So, I booked the latest non-stop to get me in before 3:00 and it leaves at 6:15 that morning, so I'll have to get there at 4:15. Which means I will get up at 3:30. ZOINKS. 

I'll nap later. ;-)


The Biggest Shithole in the World.

Donald Trump keeps me up at night. I, and many others, I'm sure, feel a constant uneasiness about the future. He has created this- and it's a fire that he invigorates each day with every stupid, racist, hateful, lie that he says. He is reversing everything good and everything that America stands for.

He is revolting and I can't watch or read the news without seething. I cannot wait to help campaign for the next election. Though I'm still hoping he is taken out before then.


More Holiday Highlights


So, 5 (almost 6) and 8 are the ages when kids can sit together without an adult in the aisle and not burn the whole place down. These two have become really great travelers (hello technology!) and this time on our way to Texas, Bennett and I sat across from them and actually napped on the way there. At one point, I woke up, looked over and Davis had ordered himself a sprite and Holden a Fanta. Smooth. They were quite proud of themselves.

We got to spend a lot of time with my grandparents and had so much fun talking and playing chinese checkers. I have always been super close with my grandma and grandpa- and it makes my heart burst with joy to see how much Davis and Holden love them and visa versa.

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Holden and nanny played tic tac toe and Holden showed her all of her toys. Holden loves how much nanny likes birds and talks about her every time we see a bird she thinks might be a hummingbird. 

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Chinese checkers is pretty fun. I haven't played it in years- but it's actually one of the few games I enjoy. I know it's weird. It seems like only non-fun people would NOT like games. But I'm pretty fun and I don't really love playing games. I'm not sure why. I get bored easily I guess. And I don't especially love to act things out or draw things and guess. I don't know. Just isn't my bag, baby.


Gosh I love this pic of these three. So happy!


And of course we got to spend time with Honey- which we always love. I think we look a lot alike here. Twins!

Ski Jammers

I was very nervous last week leading up to Holden's first day of Ski Jammers. I was worried she would hate it, get discouraged easily, her skis would be too long (they are hand me downs from D), that it would be so freezing cold she would get frost bite, that she would get lost...all these things. So imagine that it was still -5 when it was time to drop Holden and Elsa for a bus ride with a bunch of instructors and chaperones I don't know, to a ski resort I've never been to, with hundreds of kids, most of which are far older than them. They are the youngest in the bunch at six years old. I was nervous.

I shouldn't have been. Holden LOVED it. She was so proud of herself and the way she talks about it makes me think she actually really enjoyed the act of skiing. I know I sound surprised by this- it's mainly because she can be a bit of a whiner. She can give up easily. And she's kind of been a complainy-pants lately that asks for help with each and every thing, long before she's actually tried any problem solving herself. In fact, the other day I said to Bennett "How can it be that I, of all people, have such a princess as a daughter?" 

So we were super proud and surprised with how accomplished she felt after the day of skiing on her own. And how she can't stop talking about it and can't wait to go back. Just goes to show- you gotta give kids a little independence so they can push themselves, see how resourceful they are, and find out what they are truly capable of. 

Speaking of resourceful- when we get to the drop off we realized we forgot to pack Holden's ski goggles. She looked right at Elsa, then at me and said "Does Elsa have ski goggles?" And of course Elsa had little pink ski goggles with a fancy strap. Holden was so disappointed so I tried to explain to her that I would pack hers next time (I didn't mention that they are black and neon green as again they are her brothers).

Anyway. I sent her with a lunch and a $5 bill to buy some snacks. That's it.

When they showed up at the end of the day, she strode off the bus, with a big old smile and all of her gear...including a brand new pair of fancy pink ski goggles. I looked at her and said "Holden! Where did you get those ski goggles?" and without skipping a beat she said "I buyed 'em." I DIED. I have no idea how "She buyed em" but I clearly don't need to worry about her getting what she needs.


She leads a lovely life. Oh to be Holden Eloise. :-)


Holiday Highlights.

We had the best little holiday. We stayed in Minneapolis for Christmas for the first time- and it was really so lovely and even more special than I had hoped. My favorite things, ahead of leaving for Texas, included: making christmas cookies and then delivering them with carols to a few of our friends on christmas eve day...we sang the 12 days of christmas between every stop and laughed maybe more than we sang because we couldn't remember any of the days. 12 lords a leaping? 9 ladies dancing? I don't know. The kids now get in the car and ask if we can "sing that song" with the days. And you can't imagine people's faces when we showed up at their houses singing, with cookies. It was so fun.


These two were so wound up making cookies- they just couldn't stop smiling and laughing. It was really a fun memory to make.

Then Christmas eve night, we went out to dinner at this cute little Italian restaurant we have been wanting to try. The meal wasn't without some drama- the kids were excited for Santa to come, and just wanted to go home, but we still had fun. I think it was a special little dinner out.


We didn't dress them to match on purpose- but they sure look cute.


We didn't get a picture all together- but got a few of each of us...


And then on Christmas morning- we opened gifts. And Santa did these kids well. He brought snow tubes for sledding- if it ever snows enough this year. And legos, and dolls and nintendo switch games, and crafts. It was really fun. And we spent the whole day in our pajamas and didn't leave the house- because it was about TWO degrees out.


If you're wondering how we ended up with the blue tinsel tree- that's what happens when your real tree gets so dry you have to take it down and start over. So we had two trees this year...

One of my favorite things about staying home for the holiday was that we had so much time to do special things- we could wrap presents, put them under the tree, do gingerbread houses, set up God's Farm...


Holden loves traditions- and she loves the manger scene (God's Farm) that nanny gave her. She likes setting it up- but she enjoys playing with it even more. She loves the angel hanging over head, she loves that baby Jesus can come out of his bed and Mary can hold him...she thinks it is as special as I know my nanny hoped she would, if not more.

So we had some really special days ahead of the holiday- oh and for my birthday we were supposed to go out to dinner with four couples at this new restaurant- but we couldn't even find a stranger to watch our kids- so we had them over for dinner and drinks- and the kids were home and they were great so it was so fun.

And then yes, we had even more fun in Texas...so I'll write about that soon!