Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Cute Gram

Grandmothers are just
antique little girls.
~Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Just Do It ~ Nike Ad circa 1994

Do not suffer from loneliness.

Go outside.

Go away.

It’s all the people making you lonely.

Pick a spot on the horizon and head straight for it.

Weave your way through a stand of Redwoods.

Kayak an island chain.

Peer over your toes at the edge of a canyon.

Go to your favorite place.

Again, and again.

This is what you need to do.

Not just because it fuels your independence,

But because it reminds you you’re a part of something bigger.

And although it may not occur to the baffled onlookers

who can’t take their eyes off

your smiling mud-covered wired-up insane self,

it will occur to you.

You aren’t the one who’s lonely.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores.
— Thoreau

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Biking Wisconsin in a Heat Wave

The beginning.  I was super nervous. 
The tunnel.  Very wet & dark.  And foggy.  Super awesome.
Some of the tunnels had ice on the walls.
Tunnels.  The train guy would open the doors, and then hide in the wall to let the train pass.
We got way more muddy than this.  I considered doing a spray tan before the ride, but it would've washed off anyway. Besides, white is the new tan. 
 Our lovely & talented bike tour guide, Galen Erickson.
It rained.  It poured.  We were fashion models for ponchos.
So Trent sees this tree in the middle of the trail.  He bounces OFF his bike, jumps on the railing, picks up the branch and jumps on it.  I made him reenact it for the picture because he did it so quickly, just like Super Man as Anna says.
On da bike.
The bridge in Stillwater.
 The teenagers.  We had a little competition.  We let them win.
Beth & Trent <3
My basket. $5.99 in the kids section @ Target. Not very practical or effective, but fun. And my bell ($2.50).  :)

Such a fun trip.  Beautiful country, humid weather, bug eating, Super 8 bed sleeping, hot tub soaking, mud & dirt flinging, Amish people waving, loud girls singing, cave laughing & screaming, thunderstorm warnings, thighs burning, butts breaking, teenage boys winning... 

103 miles, truly an adventure to remember. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Little Elf in the Lake Harriett Tree

Lake Harriett has always been my favorite lake.  It's a beautiful place.  I noticed the little door (the baby wasn't there at the time ha ha) years ago but the notes weren't there, just the door.  So imagine my delighted surprise to read Reuben's blog and find out a bit more about the magic of Minnesota:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I'm in it for The Plaque

If I finish the 100 mile bike ride in Wisconsin, I get this plaque (or the plague?)

But really, this is going to be awesome.  I can't wait.  Galen Erickson and his family are the neatest.

This is the video he did for the riders back in 2006.  Favorites:  5:20 (actual tunnel) and 6:33(the dangerous black squirrel).  Emily L, you will love this.

See? I told you he's talented.

If this works out ok, I'm going to hike Everest. 

Just kidding Mom!

Monday, July 11, 2011


Wanna win an awesome book by an awesome girl?  Want me to stop saying awesome? I can't, awesomely enough.  Go here for the description & details.  Teen angst has a remedy. 

Leave a comment with your favorite line from Adventures in Babysitting and you will be entered to win. 

"Nobody leaves here...
without singing the blues."

PS Today is 7.11 which means if you live near a 7/11
you get a FREE Slurpee.
Slurp on!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Crafty Friday

i heart magnets.  i usually do the bubble magnets but i think i'll venture into the vintage poloroid realm.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bieber Fever

Go HERE to see a video of a little dancing baby who is related to me make Justin Bieber look like he has zero skillz.  Seriously.

PS:  I may or may not have bought Chloe the purple Justin Bieber shirt in the above photo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Few REI Photos

I just took a few from their catalog ...

Some of these people look vaguely familar to me!

PS Have you been to REI lately?  Super fun group, very interesting sub-culture.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Watch Out, Something Might Be Lurking...

In the water...

Water Babies

It's always wise to have your water weapon when jumping
off the diving board... just in case the aliens attack.
Pretty, Pretty Princess had to get their name from somewhere!
His Future is So BRIGHT He's gotta squint to see.
The Fam
Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming