29 December 2013

Family Tradition: Holidays

St. Nick's Day. The girls were too fast for me to catch them!

St. Nick

Their shoes had all kinds of treasures! Miniatures, perfume, chocolate covered oreos.

St. Nick

And look, the fairies decorated their garden!

Fairy Garden

Lego Friends advent calendar

Lego Advent Calendar

The mantle, decorated


Snowing the village

Snowing the village

Picking out a tree at the UMN Forestry tree lot


Night Trains at the model train museum

Night Trains

The tree!


Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

Sledding in the back yard


All dressed up for her dance recital


Joanne's famous ribs

Joanne's Ribs

Brent and his mom and sister


Santa brought Bella a dollhouse and Mimi a Rapunzel gown.

Christmas Dollhouse

Christmas day, we play in the snow and try to build a fort!





Ready for our prime rib dinner.

Christmas table

Happy Holidays!

26 December 2013

Local Adventure: Downtown Holiday Tradition

I will start with the best part.

Phones in the bathrooms.


Room to room calls are complimentary. So Mimi goes to Nana's room and Bella stays in ours. They are occupied for hours.


Second best part: Macy's 8th Floor.

At Macy's 8th Floor

With Santa!

Macy's Santa

Macy's is set up a little weird if you ask me. First you meet Santa, then you write him a letter. ?? The kids should write Santa the letter, then hand it to him. HELLO this isn't rocket science!

Dear Santa

Mimi's says:
Dear Santa, 
I love you so much. Can you please bring  me lots of presents. 
Love Emily

Dear Santa

Bella my little artist draws her and Santa hanging out together.

Letters for Santa

We bundle up for Holidazzle parade. Or as Mimi calls it, Hozzidazzle, which I happen to prefer.

If you live in a warm climate, I almost feel sorry for you. You will never get to see your children look this puffy and adorable.

Ready for Holidazzle

Here we are camped out! A Star Tribune photographer takes the girls' pictures and asks them lots of questions. The next morning, we pour through the Trib. Nothing. Darn it! That would have been scrapbooking gold!


I believe Minneapolis Holidazzle is ending this year. After many, many years, we may need to find a new tradition!

09 November 2013


So it's Halloween time again and I bet you're dying to know what costumes I sewed, knitted, and silk-screened for the girls, right?

Absolutely nothing! Both girls picked costumes that involved no crafting. Harumph, I say.

But look, SO ADORABLE!

Go Gophers

Bella and I had a wonderful evening a few weeks ago just the two of us where we went to Dinkytown and had pizza and bought her a tiny cheer-leading uniform. I could tell she felt so grown up and special and very interested in the variety of tattooed goth skateboarder college students around. Go Gophers!

Go Gophers

Our favorite part of this costume is that it came with little knickers that say Minnesota. Teehee.

Go Gophers

And then there's beautiful Princess Mimi, out for a trit-trot on her royal unicorn. She is quite dissatisfied that her unicorn doesn't fit in her car seat so she can't wear him everywhere forever and ever.

Princess rides her Unicorn

Boy am I glad I found a unicorn costume at Target and didn't have to try to sew one.

Princess rides her Unicorn

Although I did joke that it would be funny to make Brent a unicorn costume so that when Mimi got tired, she could switch to Daddy Unicorn carrying her around. But she didn't get tired! Princess LittleLegs galloped around the whole neighborhood.

Princess rides her Unicorn

Grandpa did our pumpkin carving. He is very good. I was bragging to the girls that Grandpa can carve anything. A. NY. THING. So Bella draws an elaborate picture of her stuffed bear and blankie, and Mimi draws Fancy the bunny. HA! Grandpa did a great job on the pumpkins!

Carving Pumpkins

Here's Brent and I dressed up. I am the Fox from What does the Fox say. It makes way more sense if you can see me act it out. GERINGDINGIGDINGDING!!

Brent is Ser Jorah from Game of Thrones. If he would have burnt half his face and been Sandor Clegane we could have been The Fox and The Hound! (Hilarious Game of Thrones humor!!!)


Here he is in his Dwarven Battle Helmet that I made him. Getting in the spirit of the Halloween parade!

Anoka Halloween Parade

There were very cool airplanes doing fly-overs at the Anoka Halloween parade. We were all very impressed. I was wearing my new down Minne-skirt from the State Fair and feeling cu-u-ute! Didn't seem to get a picture though. 

Anoka Halloween Parade

Here's my little girl full of cheer at her class Halloween party, eating a caramel apple. Her school had gotten rid of Halloween for several years. Then apparently the teachers were allowed to take a vote. And yay! It's back!

Halloween class party

Kids grow up so fast. Why take Halloween away? They're just little pumpkins for so long.



Trick or Treat!

They trick-or-treated for an hour with friends, going up and down our whole neighborhood and getting bags full of loot. I had an insulated Mickey Mouse coffee cup that was actually filled with wine. And I wore my fox hat. I was cu-u-ute.

The next day, Mimi found ONE mini Twix wrapper in the trash can, because she's apparently a candy CSI squad leader, and has a sobbing boneless breakdown because SOMEONE has eaten her candy. I confess. She screams and runs to her room. Brent turns to me and says, "Did we do that for Jimmy Kimmel?" 

24 September 2013

Minnesota Adventure: Renaissance Festival

It is time for one of my favorite end of summer adventures: the Renaissance Festival!

Renaissance Festival

This year we had a particularly exhausting trip out there. We got stuck in some kind of hellmouth of parking traffic. By the time we strollered into the secret back gate where we had accidentally parked, we were famished and cranky and in need of some Oktoberfest pronto. Luckily all of that was fixable and in short order we were ready to fest it up. And you know what else cheers you up? A juggler on a flaming ladder! Suh-weet!

Flaming Juggler

My little sweet pea, riding in a butterfly.

Beautiful Mimi Bea

Bella was too tall to ride, a new experience for her.

Beautiful Mimi Bea

Had to have a little sulk about it. It's hard to be the big sister sometimes.

In repose

Then we had cinnamon rolls and saw a unicorn playing in the mud and went to visit the mermaids. The whole time I am speed shopping as we go. I do miss being able to SHOP. Boooohooooo.



Bella finds an "X" carved into the ground. She looks around and sees a pirate nearby. "Is that your X marks the spot?" she asks. He says, "That is a symbol of indeterminate meaning indicating the location of absolutely nothing at all." Bella walks away pretty sure there is treasure around somewhere.

Then we went to visit our favorite fairy house trail, through the hobbit hole. But wait, now it is the Enchanted Forest! And it is populated by REAL FAIRIES and there is a wonderful, sweet, imaginative show, Fawna Keeper of Stories and Her Forest Friends, where the kids get to pet bunnies and hedgehogs and sing and it's all related to FAIRIES and you can't even believe how cute it all is.


On our way out of the festival, Bella finds $5 on the ground. FIVE DOLLARS! She is certain she has found that pirate's treasure.

She immediately looks around for something to spend it on. She decides on a pink unicorn stuffed animal for Mimi. Mimi is ecstatic when Bella presents it to her, "It's just what I've always wanted!!!!"