Wednesday, November 15, 2017

love audio books!

Read alouds are some of the best parts of my school day. I recently started finding really great readers on YouTube and also having the Magic Tree House books read aloud by audio book in my classroom. Gives me an opportunity to do observations and also ask children questions about what is being read to them.

LOVE Literacy!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


From my reflective brother Kurtie Martin...

Reflection... Something as simple as changing a chisel plow tooth caused me to reflect tonight. I recall last year when this time came my Dad got very somber and reflective. He told me when these teeth were changed last, he had taught Ross how to do it. He said Ross was cheerful , willing and caught on real quickly. This didn't surprise me, I always knew him that way. Now this year I find myself as the generation in-between and smile in reflection. I don't wallow in sadness or self pity, I'm just thankful to remember the best.

Monday, November 13, 2017

not sleepy

So weird--my body has gotten used to getting up at 5am and is usually crashed out sleeping at 10:41pm. Not tonight. I hope I can get up at 5--the gym is calling ;)

3rd public performance

On Sunday, I got to see the River Falls High School performance of Beauty and the Beast. So well done. Great crowd and got to see the show (thanks Kim) with my Mom, aunt Loie, Kim, Pat--Julie and Libby--Brad, Katie and Osten--Bud and Betty--Emma

Thanks to Emma for getting Anders' makeup on, helping him get to the play on time and meeting grandparents.

Thanks to Momma, Loie, Pat and Kim for coming to church, lunch at Kinni Cafe, the play, dinner at Perkins and then driving back and forth hundreds of miles.

Thanks Julie and Libby for driving, taking great photos and being your lovely selves.

Thanks to Bud and Betty for driving and for a yummy treat at Perkins after the show.

The play was really great and I'm so happy for our son to be part of such a great and memorable show.

art idea

Here is an art idea that I may just be copying in the near future.

another cool photo from isthmus

This is another cool photo that I plan on making copies of for my classroom.

classroom wish list

On Friday, I went to Madison to visit a lovely Montessori school. This flag was on the wall and I just thought it was so peaceful and cool. Thanks to my school for sponsoring my trip east to see such a beautiful learning community.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

be our guest

Be the Guest of the River Falls High School theater and come to our fabulous performances!
Performances: Friday, Nov. 10, Saturday, Nov. 11, Friday Nov. 17 and Saturday Nov. 18 at 7pm. 
Sunday, November 12 at 2pm. 
Tickets: $5 students, $10 adults. All tickets can be purchased at the door an hour before each performance. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

ivan's 9!

It can't be--our Godson, Ivan George is 9 years old as of November 3! Happy birthday handsome Ivan George. We all love you and wish you warm and wonderful things in your last year of single digits!
Here's Ivan with his mini-me--Ike in September

happy 50 dear Kim!

Our beautiful Kimberly Ann Kubes Blomgren was born 50 year ago today. What a great day in history!

The number one song on the day of Kim's birth was "To Sir with Love" by LuLu

Happy birthday Kim. I am so happy to have you in our lives.
here's Kim and her Momma Pat

Sunday, November 5, 2017

all Saints Day!

I feel very well rested today. Daylight Saving Time ended at 2am this morning. I'm really hungry right now, but I feel very well rested.

Today we celebrated All Saints Day in church. Daddy's name was read at our service and we were able to light a candle in his memory. Much love to you Clarence Edward Blomgren Jr.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

state cross country

Our destination today--MN State High School Cross Country meet in Northfield, MN. So excited to see our Ryan Edward run with his team at the meet today and see his Daddy, Kyle be his coach.

girls' nights

Last night, we were running in all directions again. Brad is in Portland for work, Anders was at his girlfriend's 18th birthday party, Osten was at home entertaining babysitter Kate, Katie was at her friend, Quinn's house getting ready for and then attending her first middle school dance--then had a sleepover and I had a long planned girls night out with dear friends attending the movie Bad Mom's Christmas at Oakdale Theaters. I haven't seen Katie yet this morning, but Molly (host of the party) sent lots of fun photos of the girls and snippets of the fun they had. 

I personally laughed and enjoyed time with my lady friends...we also got to go out to Pedro del este in Hudson with the restaurant manager after the show...Gretchen's sister Susie hosted us. It was a delightful evening and I hope to do again soon.
Rachel, Jayla, Katie, Maiya, Lillia, Quinn, Alli, Shirin and Savannah

Gretchen, Jen, Sharyl, Michelle, Kim, me and Angie

Thursday, November 2, 2017

happy birthday Emma!

To a sweet Emma C. Happy birthday to you. Thanks for being a fun and interesting person in Anders' life!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


As I was taking teacher training, I realized that I was going to be able to fulfill the dream of being an actor when I got a teaching gig.

Fast forward to today. Yesterday we, as a staff received a blow as we learned that a wonderful parent in our school community died. Today we had to put on our best actor faces as we provided a "normal" school routine to our classes. Normal is good. It helps bring back to reality some things and affirm that life will never be the same, but we have to keep going, keep learning, keep being eager, take a pause to reflect and go back at it again.

Thank you to my wonderful school community for holding one another up and keeping school normal.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

happy halloween!

Tonight is very frigid, but we managed to get out for a little tricks and treats. Our Katie is still out with her friend, Maggie. We ran into her one time in our time of trooping around the neighborhood.
Katie the pirate...outfit from Treasures

Star Lord aka Mr. Wil

Osten's master chief pumpkin

my kitty cat pumpkin

Brad's pumpkin (carved by Katie)

Anders' pumpkin (carved by Katie)

Katie's pumpkin (carved by Katie)

our pumpkin gutting/carving session. 

tricks or treats in the residence halls

On Monday evening, Osten, Wil, Maggie, Michelle, Rose of Sharon and I went to the UW River Falls campus to trick or treat in the residence halls. We had a blast and Osten spent much of the time flirting and interacting with the college students. He is such a ham!
getting some much needed nourishment before our big walk to campus

here we are in the halls

Sunday, October 29, 2017

wearing red for Reformation Sunday!

Today our church was teeming with red wearers all related to the Reformation of Christianity!

Here is the story of Luther from

Born in Eisleben, Germany, in 1483, Martin Luther went on to become one of Western history’s most significant figures. Luther spent his early years in relative anonymity as a monk and scholar. But in 1517 Luther penned a document attacking the Catholic Church’s corrupt practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin. His “95 Theses,” which propounded two central beliefs—that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds—was to spark the Protestant Reformation. Although these ideas had been advanced before, Martin Luther codified them at a moment in history ripe for religious reformation. The Catholic Church was ever after divided, and the Protestantism that soon emerged was shaped by Luther’s ideas. His writings changed the course of religious and cultural history in the West.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

stranger things

So my daughter spent the day on our little sofa binge watching Stranger Things...I was at a math grant meeting and am trying not to be extremely envious. I can wait, I know I can ;).

Friday, October 27, 2017

wacky tacky day

Our school hosted Wacky Tacky Day today. The kids were pretty riled up as we experienced our first snow of the season and were dressed pretty crazy all day.
front row: Sara, Abby, Chantel
back row: me, Maggie, Michelle, Katie and Mitch

I arrived home and it was much the same...really riled up Osten and Katie.

first place!

Last night, our staff went out to celebrate one of our amazing paraprofessionals who is moving onto other career opportunities at the university. As we were out, we realized our friend, Karyn was going to be leading trivia at the place where we were eating.

We stayed for trivia, played under the name "Moon boots" in honor of our sweet Anders Cole. One of the other players on my team was a school counselor at Greenwood and MMS and was enchanted by our ACO and his flair for dramatic, genuine funny nature and his affinity for wearing his winter boots all day long when we was an 8th grader at Meyer Middle School. As you can tell from the title of my post, our team placed first and were awarded a $30 gift certificate for appetizers at Juniors...I hope we can make a repeat appearance soon because it was sure a lot of fun!

blast from the past

On a social media website, I had posted this photo six year ago. It popped up on my newsfeed. I paused as I saw the angelic beauty of our sweet then 5 year old with her friend, Maddox doing a sheet about their 5 senses. I love my tiny beauty.

night out at Swinging Bridge

We went to dinner at the Swinging Bridge last Friday night. It was the two younger kids, Brad and I. The kids really loved the homemade soda and we enjoyed some locally brewed beers. Thanks family!

picking pumpkins and applesi

picking a golden crisps from the Maple Leaf Orchard

hayride to go pick apples

Momma and son
Osten and I had fun going to pick apples at the Maple Leaf orchard on Sunday. It was a beautiful day at the orchard and we picked some yummy apples and 5 perfect pumpkins for our front steps. Thanks for a fun day OJO!

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!