Tuesday, December 12, 2017

splitting duties

Tonight, Brad is heading with Osten to Anders' swim meet. I am heading very soon to Katie's choir concert. Such an exciting time of life!

wow--the days are flying past!

We are already on our 2nd row of socks for our advent calendar. I have most of my gifts purchased, now just have to wrap them! Just need to make Bailey's and cookies and then we are set...

6th place

The Wildcats played at UW Eau Claire on Sunday and won 1 lost 2. We ended up placing 6th out of many teams. The other River Falls team placed 7th so we are an evenly distributed talented team.

Go Cats!
the combined 6th and 7th placed teams

Katie andQ

Sunday, December 10, 2017

buzzer beater

The 6th Grade Gold team for River Falls Girls Basketball Association played four basketball games on Saturday in the 2017-2018 League Championships.

Their schedule:
Won against Assumption 42-14
Lost to Onalaska Suns 25-35
Won against Holmen Maroon 29-21

Last game was against Steven's Point Black team. We were down most of the game and then pulled it together in the last few seconds as Lily Burke shot a 3 pointer and made it as the buzzer rang...
The score was 30-29

What a day!

Friday, December 8, 2017

dinner with the kids

Tonight I got the opportunity to go out to dinner with the three loves of my life to the new Mexican restaurant downtown. It was yummy, but I was sad when they were out of ice cream. Now we're watching a couple of Redbox movies. Leap! and Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

Then it's off to bed to have some rest before Katie's all day tournament tomorrow.

winter wonderland

Winter has descended upon us and we enjoyed a lovely winter walk on Thursday.

addressing cards

Wednesday night was dedicated to getting cards finished and out in the post. I am so excited for the Christmas card season to get even more flurried!

Here are a couple pictures from our cards.

pizza day!

I had a terrific parent volunteer come in on Tuesday to help make pizzas with the students. We turned it into a math activity with polling the ingredients used on our pizzas.

We took English muffins (gluten free too), added pizza sauce, grated mozzarella cheese and added other ingredients. Wow, they smelled really tasty and all the pizzas were completely consumed.

prefixes and dictionaries

On Monday, we had a lesson on deconstructing words that have prefixes and finding their definition in a dictionary. It was amazing to me (an now on reflection no so amazing) that children really had no concept of using a dictionary. It's very simple to find definitions of words on wikipedia, but using a dictionary is a valuable skill to refine.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Today, I plan on spending the day working on report cards, doing some cleaning, addressing Christmas cards, working on the 2018 calendar, just keeping busy. I also want to do some cooking with my Katie so we can eat some good nutritious meals after eating out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

swimming and basketball oh my!

On Saturday morning, Katie and I started for Altoona, Wisconsin for her first 6th grade basketball tournament of the season. We arrived at the school at 9:15 and they played three good games of ball.

The first game was against Onalaska where Katie scored 6 points! The final score was 36 to 22. The score at the half was 18-8--our team was down but we rallied in the 2nd half and kept their team to just one bucket per quarter.

The second game was against Menomonie--they were BIG girls who we beat last year. They looked like a well oiled machine and beat us quite handily. Katie reports it was 30 something to 12.

The third game was against Hudson. Again, I didn't keep track of the score, but we did win with Katie scoring 4 of her 10 points in this game. She did a great job rebounding and putting the ball back up for her scores. Great job Katie! Katie reports the score was 32 to 12.

River Falls Gold and Blue both received 2nd place finishes for the day...River Falls Blue played an Altoona team who had a 6'3" 6th grader--she was the tallest 6th grade girl I've ever seen!

Anders left home to catch the 9am bus to Chippewa Falls for his first swim meet of the season. I didn't get to see the events, but Emma reported that he did very well with placing 3rd in 50 breast and his 200 medley relay team placing 2nd overall and their team placed 5th overall. Way to go Anders and the River Falls Wildcats!

enjoying a post tournament coffee-less cooler at Caribou

River Falls 6 Gold before their first game yesterday

hello December!

We are still sitting here in Wisconsin with warm temperatures and no traces of snow and preparing for a wonderful Christmas. On Friday, Brad and Osten headed north once again in pursuit of more venison for the freezer. Anders had a pasta feed for his swim team and Katie and I traveled west to spend my Kohl's cash earned on Black Friday. We ended up getting her new tennis shoes (she's now a women's size 8), snow pants, some concert attire for upcoming choir concert, a nice pillow and some new winter gloves for Osten.

Dinner at Noodles and Company and then home to a nice cozy bed.
Fun night with my little lady!
being silly with a Christmas decoration at Kohl's

her new running shoes

Thursday, November 30, 2017


I am so incredibly blessed. My students are so generous, their families are so generous, my family is so generous and I feel so much love all around.

46 years ago today, I was born. I'm incredibly blessed to have been born into my family and given every opportunity to thrive. Thanks Momma and Daddy for everything you've given me.

The day started early with my standard work out at Anytime. Then home to prepare for the day. To school where my 21 sweet students made beautiful wishes, cards, necklace, candy canes, coffee, hand made ornaments and so many hugs I can't even count. Then out to coffee with my dear friend Michelle and then to dinner with my beautiful family where an extremely amazing parent bought our dinner.

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the love, not feeling deserving as I'm sitting here in my cozy little home watching the wood stove and feeling the radiant energy from it's logs. So blessed am I.

Anders hand wreath made in Kindergarten with Mrs. Eggiman

dining table, tree and village

tree from hunting land

advent wreath and nativity 

new tree from Momma B--There's no place like home and angel from Odin Craft Mill circa 2003

the village piece from Anders Christmas 2016

Aunt Ruby's Christmas angel wreath

Finnley in the ornament bowl

star from Grandma and Grandpa's Christmas bingo 2016 and framed Joy Hope Believe 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

30 never looked so good!

My beautiful, talented, marvelous 16th birthday present, Mrs. Jenna Louise Blomgren Hauser is officially the big 30.

Thank so much to my wonderful brother Kurt and Jenna's Momma Kelly for the best gift ever--my precious first born niece. Love you to the moon and beyond!

Kye, Kurt, Jenna, Cody, Kaitie and Vance on Jenna's wedding day

4 down...

yep. Spoke too soon. Shortly after I posted that on Monday, Anders curled up on the couch (never happens) and fell asleep. He missed school on Tuesday and his first swim meet of the season. The clock is ticking for me...

Monday, November 27, 2017

another one down

Katie wasn't able to go to school today. She was down with the same fever Osten had last week. I guess it's a matter of time before Anders and I are victims.

feeling thankful

So much to be thankful for! I got an opportunity to spend time with Bud and Betty, Ibby and Mike, Brad, Anders, Katie and Osten on Thanksgiving day and again on Friday. We went home Friday night and slept in our own beds--so comfy!

Saturday we packed up and drove to St. James to spend time with Brad, Anders, Katie, Osten, Mom, Kent, Abby, Kurt, Jenna, Cody, Stella, Vance, Kaitie, Kyle, Kim, Kyle, Adam, Keyanna, Liana, Ryan, Cory, Joan, Thomas, Evan, Trenton and aunt Jeannie Blomgren. We started our fellowship at noon and made a day of it by going out for a great stroll around St. James and the boys playing a fun game of football. It's so fun to see Osten and Stella play together.

We then went to the Super 8, went swimming and crashed for the night. Sunday morning was a nice morning of visiting over breakfast and then a wonderful meal at the Hometown.

Last night we got home and then the laundry began ;).  I have so many things and people in which to give thanks. I am blessed.

I don't have a big Blomgren photo, but here are all the Olsons from this past September. 

black Friday

Ibby and I made our annual trek to the northern suburbs to go black Friday shopping. She picked me up at the hunting shack at about 3:45am. We arrived at the McDonalds in Lino Lakes at about 4:58am. The lights were off, but we opened the store at 5am. Grabbed our McMuffins and coffee and proceeded to Target. Discovered that Target opened at 6am, so we went to Kohl's.

I bought my birthday present and some clothes for the kids.

We wandered to Target at about 7am and proceeded to get a little lost by spending many hours and I knocked out nearly all my shopping.

2nd breakfast at a Einsteins bagel--we tried some yummy bagels and refueled on coffee. We then went to a Mainstream Boutique and bought a few essentials.

On to Walmart in Forest Lake where we found Target had better black Friday deals this year.

Then off to lunch in North Branch at Denny's--wow, their bourbon chicken skillet and bourbon burger were really yummy!

North Branch outlet to Bath and Body Works and then to the 2nd hand store at North Branch.

We were very disappointed to learn that our favorite thrift store, Planet Thrift has shuttered its doors...so sad.

Thanks Ibby for a great day and I'm so happy that you are my black Friday partner in crime.


On the evening of the 23rd, Katie and I had the opportunity to head to St. Croix Falls to see the outstanding movie, Wonder. I thought I was going to cry more because I'm a giant cryer, but the story had just the right amount of schmultz.

I do know that I'm going to read the book now.

happy birthday Dehlia Grace

8 years ago we got an exciting phone call. Dehlia Grace Quintana made her grand entrance. We love your spunk, your vigor and your wit. Happy birthday DGQ!

scenes from deer camp 2017

photo by Osten as I was playing solitare at the cool kitchen table

photo credited to ??? of a funky lamp at the deer shack

my main squeeze starting to process nephew Joe's nice doe
Deer camp 2017. All three deer were does. Brent got his opening weekend, Joe got his on the 22nd and Anders got his on the 24th. It will be great to have some yummy venison in the freezer.