24 December, 2013
‘Twas the week before Christmas a year ago
The gift of a lifetime on us bestowed
Our baby girl, came home to stay,
A family complete for Christmas Day
The new year brought Grandparents, Snow and play
Minnesota Winters are a bit drawn out by the way~
So when the snow lasted a little too long,
Heidi’s brothers went to Grand Canyon;
and took her along
12 days on the river, with Brandon and Bret
Hikes, artifacts, & rapids we all got wet.
After 5 years as president of Relief Society
Heidi partially managed to maintain sobriety.
But seriously, service is a blessing we’re grateful to give,
I enjoyed the years, the memories will live~
School got out at the end of May
About the time that Winter finally gave way.
Eric, Elias, Lalo and friends
Enjoyed Boundary Waters; Nature without end
Too much fun in the the great outdoors
Boat wrecks, fishing, and board game scores
Next: Bryce Canyon a Castle reunion
Spires, Hoo Doos, night hikes; family fusion
Nature is fun but can be danger~
Thank goodness Elias is a Jr Ranger.
Jr. Ranger is right at 6 parks by the way!
Mississippi, Yellowstone, Bryce, Custer,
Itasca & Timp Cave
Idaho brought hiking, playing in the creek
Fun on the farm, baby chicks peep, peep!
Lots of camping in Minnesota this summer
Our new-to-us sheep camp provided comfort and cover
Delightful family time at Winnipeg Folk Fest
Indigo girls, Josh Ritter, Avett Bros, at their best
Elizabeth’s a dancer we discovered quick
Elias and Ruby liked the crafts, creeks and sticks
Back to school for Elias, 2nd grade is sublime
At home Ruby plays Hide and Seek for hours at a time
Eric does research, teaches, travels
He is our rock so we don’t come unraveled
St. Paul is home to Elizabeth’s temple
A forever family, transcendental
I enjoy teaching yoga and aim to be mindful.
Life keeps me grounded; I proceed with survival.
Ruby and Mom on an Amish road trip
Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia- buggy whip!
Wishing you Peace,Light & Joy in 2014
Eric,Heidi, Elias, Elizabeth, & Ruby-Catherine
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27 November, 2013
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31 October, 2013
18 September, 2013
I know you are only 31/2 But heaven help me! Was it really necessary to give your baby sister a mullet? We have a big family event next week to celebrate Elizabeth's adoption. Family and friends traveling thousands of miles, photographer lined up.. A mullet? Really? I know you saw me get my hair cut yesterday and it must have looked like a lot of fun. It is a good thing that I adore you Ruby, because seriously, I DO NOT like the mullet.
|Ruby took the small braid twists I put in and cut the front ones off|
near the scalp- leaving the back untouched.
Note my hand stretching out the remaining ringlets- 5 inches.
|Some of the braided twists were cut off shorter than others.|
Nice bald spot in this picture.
17 September, 2013
16 September, 2013
10 September, 2013
I am doing a post for each of the kids for this summer. Others to follow.
RubyCat's Top 10 List of Lessons Summer 2013
|10. Laying down to eat is more comfortable.|
|9. Want to watch Dora and eat fruit snacks? Get Braids.|
Does anyone else see a little mischief in her eye in this pic?
I think she was up to something when I snapped this shot.
|8. Sharing is optional (also- see #10 eating while lying down on floor).|
|7. Do shoes really have a right and left foot? Really?- still working on this one.|
|6. When she is nice to her big brother he is usually nice to her.|
|5. She is willing to go "Old School" as long as there is lots of sugar involved.|
|4. Major Daddy's girl. She ADORES him. Enough said.|
|3. Butterflies rock. She definitely has her own opinions and makes her own choices. |
We learned a lot about butterflies this summer-
and as soon as she got the chance she had her face painted like a butterfly.
| 2. Wearing pants to breakfast is optional. And wearing big girl underwear is awesome.|
|1. She will make a great firefighter or whatever she decides to be when she grows up.|
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