Sunday, October 22, 2017

cinnamon roll Sunday

Today was our first fundraiser for Anders' trip to Houston next summer for the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering. 288 cinnamon rolls were baked, served and consumed.

I fondly recall my days at the first ELCA National Youth Gathering in San Antonio. The year was 1988. It was really incredible. I will always remember the theme--Rejoice, in the Lord always. I saw the mayor of San Antonio, Mary Hart from Entertainment tonight, Guy Dowd, the National Teacher of the year. I also remember seeing the Alamo, the River Walk, riding mass transit, ordering "coke" aka pop, and learning that there were people with regional dialects. Most of the people I  met were from the midwest, but it was fun to meet people from California, Arizona, Texas and find our differences and similarities.

Here is a photo from flikr archives of some of the participants of the gathering wearing sombreros near the River Walk.

30 years later, my son gets to experience the same thing. Very exciting. The theme this year is this changes everything and the dates are June 27-July 1.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


This is a windy fall day. I hope to get to some pumpkin picking out tomorrow for our family so we can start preparing even more for Halloween.

Anders' concert went well--didn't win anything at the silent auction, but still very impressed by the music programs here in River Falls. He is in first chair euphonium in the symphonic band. Sounded terrific.


Last weekend I transitioned the kids and my wardrobes from spring/summer to fall/winter. I also started the task of washing windows in preparation to take screens off/installing storm windows.

Yesterday (Friday) I finished the window transition with Brad's assistance of getting storms down and screens up in the rafters of the garage. Today the rain falls down upon squeaky clean storm windows.

Today I'm starting the transition of mid spring/summer/early fall sheets to the cozy sheets of mid-fall to early spring. In between all that I will be doing normal Saturday cleaning and going to the high school to watch the marching band's final performance of the season and then Anders' first concert band concert of the season.

What a great day!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

fun morning meeting song

This morning, Osten was singing a song in the shower called Vowel Bat. He learned it with Mrs. Anderson and was belting it out. I asked him if I could teach it to my class this morning and he was thrilled.

It was a huge hit. It is sung to the tune of Batman...very very catchy and I heard the kids singing throughout the day.

great conferences

I had Katie's parent teacher conferences this week. She has adjusted to middle school beautifully was the phrase echoed by every single teacher. Way to go Katie!

fun day on campus

Our class took a walking field trip to campus on Tuesday to work with International Students playing games and learning about different cultures. It was a  really fun day, but the kids (and their teacher) got pretty pooped out on our walk to and fro.

the pikachus!

Here is the team photo of the mighty Pikachus! Thanks for a fun season. Osten is in the front row--first kid on the left.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

runner up

The Marching Wildcats did great at state. It sounds like they got first place in several events,

My friend Angie posted "Flash Flood Warning during WI State Marching Band Competition! Marching Wildcatws performed their hearts out in POURING rain. BEST Color Guard, BEST Percussion, BEST Visual Presentation and they placed a 2nd Place WIN! In awe of this band and proud of our drummer. What a season!

These are all promotional photos that I plan on purchasing in the near future. It has been an incredible experience for our ACO this year and he should be so proud of his team!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

first in her heat

Today our family is far flung in many directions. Osten and Brad are up north bringing in the dock. Anders is at state marching band in Whitewater. Katie and I are in River Falls for the Autumn Dash--the home meet for the River Falls Swim Club.

Katie competed in three events today and looked great in all three. She was especially excited because she got first in her heat in the 50 freestyle. She got 2nd in her heat in the 50 breast and then finished 2nd in the 200IM relay.

fall fest

Last night our school gathered once again for our annual fall fest at Glen Park. I tasted the most delicious pumpkin soup I've ever tasted. Totally warmed the soul

Afterwards, Katie and I went and bought snacks for our movie watching night. It was a really tasty way to end the week.

that ticking clock

On Thursday morning about 6:45am I realized that my three kids were all eating breakfast at the same time. I had to snap a photo because these times are getting fewer and farther between.

The clock just keeps ticking.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

learning opportunities

I am very excited to say that two young women from Zizu University in China are spending every Wednesday in my classroom until early May. Today was their first day and they have already made a great impression on our classroom community.

Thank you Judy and Gabby!

good high school conferences

We had high school conferences on Monday night and Anders is doing quite well. He has some really fun classes like World Studies 1, Honors English, marching band, concert band and concert choir. 

We are very proud of him!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

rhythm by the river

I went to my first River Falls Rhythm by the River. I worked the concession stand which was really fast paced and fun! Our marching band performed without getting judged as they were the host school. Beautiful day and I believe the band made some good sales at their concession stand!

Osten spent the day with his buddy Coulter, Katie went to Confirmation retreat at Luther Point and now Anders is spending time with friends.

Osten and I went to Hudson to make a sizable donation to Goodwill, then out to dinner at Smash Burger and finally to Lego Ninjago at the Hudson Theatre. Osten was disappointed that the green ninja didn't have any ultimate powers, so is looking forward to the next movie to see if that dream will come true.

first place at chi high

Last night, Katie, Osten and I drove to Chippewa Falls to watch the River Falls marching band take the field. They placed first place in AAA competition! Way to go Cats!

photos taken by my friend, Tina Domeyer