This looks so cool!
2010 Chinese New Year's Gala: Carnival China Style Hennepin Theatre Trust
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Last night was a mild night, 27 degrees,
If you don't know about the Holidazzle, it is a parade of lighted floats and persons held in downtown Minneapolis (on the Nicollet Mall) each year in an effort to promote the downtown area. It is purposely a short parade as the weather is unpredictable.
Each of the displays had a fairytale theme.
This is the crocodile from Peter Pan.
This float had a "bell choir", followed by people dresses as Christmas bulbs.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
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Saturday, December 05, 2009
This set is pretty old but in good shape. The kids set it up in the porch (formal dining room that we converted).
We also have our manger with it's star and streams of lit silver tinsel set up in the living room along with a tree. I thought I was so smart, buying a pre-lit tree but within 24 hours, one strand is dark. Guess that will go back!!! When we get the bugs worked out with the tree, I'll post a picture of the decorated living room.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
We had a great Thanksgiving. Keith's parents, brother and family, Erin, and the 4 of us all had turkey and the trimmings. We relaxed and chatted, enjoyed dessert, laughed and played. Joe and Rachael joined us later in the afternoon. Mya and Noah took a nap with very little fuss! When it got dark, Keith and I and the littles headed out for a neighborhood stroll to find out how many more lights folks had turned on. When we returned, we were surprised by CARRIE AND JON. Carrie had gotten tired of being alone and her roommate ditched her (yes, Jenny, that's you ;)), so she headed up to Fargo to hang out with her hubby for the weekend. They spent some time with Jon's family and then dropped unannounced. What a wonderful surprise! Erin's friend Aaron came by too. Then all the bigs headed to a movie and us "old folks" and the littles settled in to an evening of National Geographic TV--great program on the Grand Canyon. Keith's parents spent the night. When I got up the kids were yakking their ears off at the breakfast table. Everyone had a very pleasant and memorable Thanksgiving!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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Noah has recouped from his illness and returned, almost, to his normal self. I say almost because he fell asleep on the floor yesterday aat about 1 pm. After a bit, he moved to the sofa and fell asleep again, not waking until nearly 5:30. So, while his behaviour--arguing with sister, playing with sister, returning to activities--is back to normal, the need for sleep remains. Thank you to all who prayed for him.
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Friday, November 13, 2009
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Noah did go outside earlier in the day and Mya nabbed the camera. Great picture, I think.
Of course, what child can resist pointing the camera at themselves. There were several versions of this one but I think this is kind of funny. It screams Facebook profile picture.
Tonight we skipped church as Noah is still running a fever and Mya is tired and grumpy and bossy and, well, pretty much just being herself ;) Keith had church bills to do and I'm feeling achy in the shoulders (could be the computer). To entertain them for a few moments we made these turkeys. Got the idea from Kim K. Noah added feet and Mya put a hat on hers.
Kind of a fun little project. Very Cute! Thanks Kim!
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Saturday, November 07, 2009
Today was one of those really nice days that you kind of take at your own pace with no real expectations. We got up at our usual time as our alarm clocks (Mya and Noah) don't recognize the difference between week and weekend days. Anyway, I got the church bulletins together--my one major church responsibility. We had planned to go out to visit dad in the nursing home and mom on the farm. It is a shorter drive from our new home, which really is nice. We stopped for lunch at a Burger King about half way there. Then we continued on to pick up my neice, Jenny, from her other grandma's home and then went to the nursing home. Dad was as he has been and will be, not really recognizing any of us but still chattering on about things. I have to listen really closely as he mumbles now and speaks softly. Basically, we listen, try to converse and hope that somehow, this time, we will break through the Parkinson's/Ahlziemers and see the old dad but not this time. The visit is a laborious hour. We did take him outside to get a bit of fresh air but it was chilly for him. The kids played on the lawn while we "chatted". My sister, Colette and her new husband, Steve, stopped by along with Steve's two girls and Colette's son Alex. When dad said he was tired, we decided it was time to head out to the farm. We were greeted at the door by CJ, mom's little dog who takes her guarding job very seriously. After enjoying a snack together, we headed out to pick up corn ears from the recently harvested fields. It was a gloriously sunny day, probably 65 out. The breeze made it feel just a bit chilly, especially in the shaded areas. Mya, Jenny and I walked in the field with a bucket, searching for "gold"--corn ears that we can use to feed the squirrels. It was great. As we walked, I could smell the corn stalks. My nephew, Jordan, was chopping the stalks with a John Deere tractor pulling a chopper. If you are not a farm kid, this may be an unfamiliar smell to you but if, like me, you grew up in the country, you may remember that particular smell. For me, it brought back many a memory of harvest on the farm. One memory that came flooding back to me was of a cold fall day, I must have been about 6 or 7. Our whole family, all six kids, were out in the field of corn stalks, dressed warmly as the weather was pretty cold. We were walking and picking up ears of corn and tossing them on to a hay rack. In those days, the corn ears were picked by a 2 row picker, put into a wagon, hauled up to the farm and stored until the kernels were shelled off the cobs for use as feed or taken to the local elevator to be sold. There was much waste so ears of corn were fairly plentiful. Farming has become much more sophisticated. Nary an ear falls to the ground these days. We could only find them on the corners where the huge combine had knocked down the stalks when turning the corners. It was especially heart warming for me to turn around and watch Mya pick soybeans from some remaining stems in the neighboring field. She found them to be not only fun to pick but tasty to eat--not something I enjoy but she did. As we walked the rows, enjoying one another's company, I got a strong sense that this would be one of those days that she would one day remember fondly, just as I remembered gathering corn ears on a cold November day, probably 40 years ago. I thought how wonderful it is to help a child have roots, connections to those they love, and warm fuzzies as they see familiar childhood sites.
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Friday, November 06, 2009
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
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Sunday, November 01, 2009
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
I'm playing a bit of catch up on my blog. I have been a bad blogger. I have been taking the pictures, just not posting them. I hope you enjoy catching up with our kiddos!
We raked leaves a couple Saturdays ago (post dated to nearly correct time). As usual, the kids had fun raking and jumping and hiding in the leaves.
They really did help us get them bagged up. They are great helpers when they decide to be!
I had to do more leaves on Halloween because other trees had fallen by then. It was much chillier than the posted pictures. The kids actually helped our neighbor, Dave, bag his leaves and also Dan in the back. Fortunately, unlike our other home, we are finished with the leaves for the year now. In EB, we had so many trees that we just kept bagging until the snow flew!
We love our new home and have not regretted moving at all. To everything, there is a season!
THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT I CAN RECALL PLAYING IN SNOW PRIOR TO RAKING LEAVES. STRANGE YEAR HERE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST.
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
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