"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Friday, July 29, 2011


"Watch me bellywop mom!'

And being one of the big kids swimming under water. :)

Its been hot. Close to or above 90 every day. The pool is getting a workout, but its fun!

Getting ready to jump...



Jump in!

She loves it when Alexander throws her


Helicopter jumps

Sunday, July 24, 2011


We had a fantastic vacation in sunny, hot...

Yep! We packed up the crazy and headed South during the nations largest heat wave. :) While Minnesotan's were suffering through a heat index of 115, we were enjoying the beach and NO HUMIDITY! :) And to fully home our insanity, we drove. 1100 miles. One.Way. :)

The boys were thrilled to tour the Battleship Texas and the USS Lexington. Alina was thrilled to swim in hotel pools every night, and all three kids really enjoyed the beaches of Galveston and Corpus Christi. We got to visit with Auntie Jan and cousins Amber, Nathan, Jackson and Robbie. Alexander says hanging with Jack was his favorite part of the trip. :)

Could this BE any cuter?

The kids all loved the ocean!

The boys hanging out in the surf

A quiet moment between these two. :)

Playing with cousin Robbie

She loved the beach, had so much fun!

The fishing boats came so close to shore, much to the boys' delight.

Touring the Battleship Texas

Hanging with Texas cousins. :)

The Alamo

In front of the USS Lexington

And all Alina wanted to do... 'wimming'

Friday, July 8, 2011

Monkey girl

Right after I took the second video, she made it all the way over. I never did get that on video because she would flip and right as she was about to get her feet back on the ground, she would let go and I had to catch her. :) I'm amazed at how strong she is!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer fun in the pool

This is our 4th year setting our pool up, and it has been one of the best investments we've made! The kids look forward to it being up, and everyone enjoys it.
Alina has her own way of enjoying the pool....

In case you couldn't hear it, I asked her what she was doing, and she said 'welaxin' (Relaxing). :)
See! Relaxin!

Al is the cannonball expert!

Anthony is a little fishy! He can swim the length of the pool underwater and he's fast! He's also the most comical jumper too!

Alina, she fell right in line with her brothers. She can spent hours in the pool and still not want to get out. :) Its great for her legs, and she really kicks them and can swim fast in her little floatie!
She also likes to splash!

Bumper floaties!

Love these three goobers!