Saturday, August 30, 2008

bubble boy

The afternoon sun and lack of wind made it a perfect bubble day. Logan spent his time blowing bubbles, watching them float, and then chasing/catching them before the inevitable pop.

bubble boy

bubble balance

Friday, August 29, 2008


We can't wait until all of these...

green tomatoes

...look like these.

red tomatoes

Truly one of the sweet tastes of summer.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

bean gathering

This summer we are growing green beans, cherry tomatoes, and basil in pots on the deck to supplement our CSA delivery each week. The boys have had a lot of fun planting the seeds, watering the sprouts, watching daily for growth, watering the plants, checking for ripeness, and oh, did I mention, watering? We have been nibbling at the tomatoes (red and green) for weeks, but finally the day arrived when this mama said we could pick some beans for dinner. Owen ran over and said, "I do it!" and did a very fine job filling his bowl. Thanks, sweetie, they are delicious!

the chosen bean

harvesting beans for dinner

Thursday, August 21, 2008

soccer player

Logan is playing soccer again this year and loves it. Most of our games and practices are two blocks away so we can take the secret trail through the woods and walk. Here are some photos from Tuesday night's game.

Logan started out as goalie...

...rushed the net as a forward...

...and broke up a play on defense.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

tie dye results

Logan could hardly wait for what he called "the reveal". After rinsing excess dye in the utility sink, anticipation ran high as we removed the rubber bands to see the results of our work.

Shirts for the boys...

...and shirts for mom and dad.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

tie dye mania

A pile of clothes all tied and waiting for dye.

Owen adds color to one of his shirts.

owen helps tie dye

Logan gets artistic with his color application.

tie dye fun

Tomorrow we'll reveal the final products.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

lemonade afternoon

Can you really call it summer without fresh squeezed lemonade? Tracy and the boys whipped up a pitcher one hot afternoon. Logan put it through a meticulous batch of taste tests to ensure the perfect ratio of sweet versus tart.

fresh squeezed lemonade

Friday, August 15, 2008

marina playground

One of our favorite playgrounds is adjacent to the Bayfield marina. We usually end up eating a meal here and playing for as long as possible. One of the highlights is a climbing apparatus affectionately known as the tire monster. This year Logan easily climbed the monster all by himself.

Owen explores the obstacle course.

owen at playground

The boys compose a tune on the fish xylophone.

playing the fish xylophone

Thursday, August 14, 2008

blueberry picking

We have yet to visit Bayfield and not go blueberry picking at Blue Vista Farm. Logan and Owen ran to the barn, grabbed boxes, and helped pick.

boys picking blueberries

picking blueberries

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

island camping

After two nights on Madeline Island it was time to pack up camp and ride the ferry back to the mainland. The boys like to help with the tent.

Logan removes the poles...

logan helps with tent takedown

...and Owen folds them up.

owen helps with tent takedown

Logan's first experience with a slingshot.

logan uses slingshot

Monday, August 11, 2008

madeline island beach

This beautiful beach was within walking distance of our campsite and we spent much of our time here wading in the water, writing in the sand, and building castles.

wading into the lake

owen tests the water

sand writing

castle building

Friday, August 8, 2008

mad safari

Last tuesday night our zoo had its annual Member Appreciation Day (MAD) Safari. Open to members only, there is food available, live music, and special treats for the animals.

We ate our ice cream next to Lady Amherst's Pheasant.


The lions received a gazelle shaped toy which they quickly devoured.

lions enrichment toy

Berlin the polar bear enjoyed two large fish.

berlins fish

The whole family took a ride on the solar-powered zoo train.

zoo train

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

hot, hot, hot

A cooldown of the watery sort was in order yesterday afternoon with temps in the 90s. Judging from the photos, I think they may have enjoyed themselves.

logan owen run thru sprinkler

owen dunks in water

logan jumps thru water

Friday, August 1, 2008

a good day

Some of our best days are spent outdoors, each of us feeling and creating with our fingers, using our chosen media. Watching my kids play (cooperatively, of course) in the sand today relaxes me and reminds me that sometimes straying from the day's original agenda makes for an even better day.