Tuesday, December 29, 2009

gingerbread houses 2009

This year we built a village of smaller houses as opposed to one large one. Logan trimmed the edges, Mom and Dad "glued" the walls together, and both boys decorated two houses each.

gingerbread village 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

dog blog

Logan and Owen have been drawing a lot lately on the new doodles. Once a subject is selected both boys then draw their interpretation. Today's artwork features dogs.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

white christmas

22 inches of white frozen fun! The snow started on Thursday and didn't really let up until Saturday so the boys spent a lot of time outside enjoying the winter wonderland.

owens cave

Saturday, December 26, 2009

cookie time

Can't celebrate the holidays without some homemade cookies. Tracy and the boys prepared the dough, cut out the shapes, and did the baking. Dad came home and got to help apply the frosting and toppings.


as gooey as it gets

decorated cookies 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

holiday table

Even the blizzard that kept us home this Christmas was no match for dinner by candlelight, sparkling cider, and being together at home.

our simple eve

Monday, December 21, 2009

handmade gifts

You don't have to look very far to see our holiday plans in action around here: painting, gluing, felting, weaving, and planting are among the activities as both boys get in on the merry making. The creativity and love that goes into each handmade gift is priceless.

paint and glue


weaving gifts

simple gifts

Saturday, December 19, 2009

just doodling

The number of MagnaDoodles in our house now exceeds the number of people. We celebrated our family Christmas early and Owen was delighted to get his own full-size model. Perfect for drawing and spelling one's name.

Friday, December 18, 2009

peepers puppet

Let me introduce you to mrs. pink. She's simple, yet so much fun. She has come to live with us along with mr. blue, ms. green eyes, and dr. green. If you haven't checked out Peeper Puppets yet, click on over now. The video brings a smile every time.

mrs pink

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

logan's holiday concert

Logan peformed in the holiday concert at his school today and did a wonderful job. The second-graders sang three selections and he was picked to be in a small group in front for the first song.


  • Christmas A Come - Jamaican Folk Song
  • Hag Shavuot - Traditional Israeli Holiday Song
  • Over the River and Through the Woods - American Folk Melody/Lyrics by Lydia Maria Childs

Sunday, December 13, 2009

o christmas tree 2009

Although we intended to go to a tree farm and cut our own, the arctic weather changed our plans. A quick trip to Gordy's provided a beautiful pre-cut tree that couldn't have been more perfect. The boys helped adjust the stand, test the lights, and could barely wait to unwrap the ornaments and start decorating.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

construction zone

The boys have been on a building craze lately. We spend a lot of time downstairs in the family room using our Lincoln Logs and wooden blocks.

Logan poses by his recently designed log hotel.

Owen shows off one of his creations.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

three musketeers

This afternoon the whole family attended a production of the Three Musketeers at the Duluth Playhouse. The boys loved all of the swashbuckling, Rochefort and his eye patch, and were surprised when D'Artagnan swung off the balcony on a rope. Every time Cardinal Richelieu appeared, Owen whispered to me, "Ooh, the Cardinal!" The rest of the day was spent in a massive, over-the-top swordfight worthy of the time capsule.

Be on the lookout for this man. He is armed and extremely dangerous.

He has been known to associate with this man, who is equally armed and dangerous.