Thursday, May 24, 2018

brace yourself

We have two minors with braces in our family now. Anders was applianced yesterday afternoon. Katie is giving him tips on how to endure the pain. Thinking of our sweet Anders Cole and hoping he will feel like smiling again very soon.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

green day on the river

Today was our school's Green Day on the River. What a magical day to learn about our environment--we made seed bombs, played a bird migration game, made paper from recycled paper, learned about pervious and impervious surfaces and then went back to school for lunch. Second part of the day, we walked to Glen Park to learn about pollutants of the Kinnickinnic, capture and identify macroinvertebrates that live in the Kinni, collect insects and arachnids in the grasses near the Kinni and lastly do a puppet theater with the Lorax.

What a full and fulfilling day!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

what she will do for homework

Last night, Katie's social studies teacher gave them some options for homework. One was to wear a mustache for 24 hours (girls only). Here was Katie's response...

6th grade concert

Tonight was the last concert of the school year for our family (other than Marching Band on Memorial Day and playing at graduation). Katie introduced one of her songs--Gifts of Life and sang and played her clarinet very beautifully. We are proud of our Katie Grace!

just over Mrs. Moe's right shoulder in the 2nd row

introducing the song Gifts of Life

first row second from left

right smack dab in the middle

Monday, May 21, 2018

birthday blessings

The most plentiful birthday blessings to our special 8 year old, Osten John! Thank you for making our family complete and bringing so much joy to our lives. We love you to the moon and beyond!

on your birth day with Grandma and Grandpa Blomgren

Our family of 5--Brad, Karen, Anders, Katie and Osten

first birthday with cake featuring Chip

I'm 2 and I don't like getting my picture taken

this was before meltdown

I like birthdays at age 3

getting a hang of this by age 4

simply great now that I'm 5!

construction cake by Grandma Betty at the Giggle Factory for 6th birthday

simple family dinner for #7

Mariachi Loco for great 8!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

birthday party birthday party

Osten was invited by his friend Gracie to her birthday party yesterday at the YMCA in Hudson. The party featured pizza, a dance party and slides down the water slide. He had a BLAST!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

dinner show

Last night as I was pulling out of the Kinni, I found out Anders was performing at the Dinner Show for choir at the same time. I didn't realize he was performing so wasn't able to make it to the show. They are performing again tonight, so I look forward to seeing him on stage!

He is also working from 11-6 today at DQ...poor guy is running, running, running. Both he and Katie also got spacers in their bottom teeth this week for their dental procedures. Not the best week ever, but hope the results are great!

By the way, Anders had a solo in the concert during the song Man of Constant Sorrow. Gave me chills.


Emma had two solos too...it was pretty amazing.

Friday, May 18, 2018

staff development

Today our staff had a wellness activity of kayaking the Upper Kinnickinnic. Brad was an angel husband and helped us put in and picked us up at Veteran's Park here in River Falls. I love my husband and really enjoy working with all these talented women...
me, Michelle, Anna, Sara, Abby, Courtney, T (Sara's daughter) and Maggie

missing Grandpa B

This morning, Osten told of how he misses his Grandpa B...he misses seeing him and watching New York Giants games with him. I don't remember them watching the Giants together, but it made my heart smile that my little boy misses my Dad.

Here's my family when it was Mom, Dad and three little boys...Kent, Kurt and Kyle guessing in 1966?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

breaking in the porch

This evening, we broke in the porch with our first meal of 2018. Last night, Brad and I cleaned/vacuumed and tonight we--Katie, Brad and I--ate Mac and Cheese and hotdogs on the porch. Osten was hanging out with a buddy after school and Anders was at work.

After dinner we played a game of cribbage and we hung these cool porch lights I got for Christmas and did some raking in the backyard. Now it's time to hit the hay for another day of school tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

home again!

Brad is home and he reports a great time up north. I can't wait to hear his fish tales. I did find these photos posted by his buddy Garth...

brace yourself

We have two minors with braces in our family now. Anders was applianced yesterday afternoon. Katie is giving him tips on how to endure the p...