Sunday, June 22, 2014

Camping for real

Back in the spring my friend Aaron and I made reservations for an overnight campsite at Afton State Park. Despite lots of opinions to the contrary, we wanted to take our daughters on a real camping trip. Afton was less than an hour drive from our homes, yet also remote so we wouldn't have to worry about loud groups. So on the summer solstice we packed the car for one night in wilderness.
We hiked a bit less than a mile from the parking lot to our campsite #7. The girls did really well considering the terrain.

First thing we saw when we got to our spot was a deer sprinting into the forest. We set up camp, then got water at the solar-powered well (and made sure we knew exactly where the outhouse was).

 Turkey sighting on the hike back to camp!

The girls took turns carrying a bug net.

Dinner was hotdogs and potatoes over the open fire. 
And for dessert... smore's! Harriet would later list her favorite things about camping as 1) marshmallows 2) chocolate bars and 3) graham crackers.

Here is a cute portrait Aaron took as the sun was setting. The girls slept alright and the weather was just about perfect. The next morning we packed up a little earlier than we planned to avoid rain headed our way. All in all, picking the longest day of the year meant they missed out on star gazing, fireflies, and campfire stories, but we'll have plenty of more opportunities for that when we go camping in the future.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Look at that sly grin. This little baby learned to crawl a few weeks ago and hasn't stopped moving since.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

open streets 3.0

Open Streets MPLS was on Sunday June 8th, one of our favorite events of the year. About 20 blocks of Lyndale Avenue are shut down for 6 hours for biking and walking. There were a number of events like a BMX bike competition, a puppet show, a play, etc. along the street at different times throughout the day. The weather was perfect for it. Steve and Harriet biked and Eloise and I walked.

We got this new (used) bike attachment. Harriet just loves it.

Street dancing.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Knit Snake

I made this quick snake from the Itty Bitty toys book. It was so quick that it would be a great present for a little kid. Also the self-striping yarn was fun to knit and makes this little guy more interesting.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Kid-size socks

I made Harriet these socks, but I think the pattern is wrong because if I had followed it they would have been really small despite saying it was for a 4-5 year old. Good thing I had the recipient handy for measuring. Anyways, I just used some leftover yarn and whipped them out. She wore them to daycare for the first time and, of course, lost one of them. I was less than pleased, but it showed up the next day.

In progress.
I told her to strike a pose. This is just one of about 20 hilarious poses.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

La Crosse weekend getaway

Over Memorial weekend we went down to La Crosse to visit our friends Travis and Sarah and their kids. We took the scenic route down that was a little longer, but it was so beautiful with all the flowering trees along the way. We spent the weekend hanging out and enjoying their new home in the buffs.

Kya and Harriet spent the whole weeekend doing things together, here they are painting their nails.

Dress up.

They have a bunch of chickens and this one they have been raising since it was a chick.

Travis has been making a few things around the house. He made this chandelier out of some mason jars, some conduwit and some reclaimed wood.

Close up.
 Travis and his dad build the kids a treehouse.

And put in a rope swing. They also set up a little area for Therin to do archery.

Dining outside. We had a lovely weekend catching up and lucked out with the weather.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Bee update

We checked on the bees for the first time since putting them up on the roof. It's like of like where is waldo, but above you can see a few bees with pollen packed legs, so exciting. The other bees will kind of nibble that off and distribute it through the hive.

See that white dome in the middle of the frame? That is an indication that the bees are preparing to swarm (i.e. leave) because they feel too cramped in their space. It was called a swarm or queen cell. Chris destroyed it and then we added another box on top with new frames so they could spread out and make their honeycomb.

Apparently the brood pattern didn't look so great in the hives, but there's not much we can do about that except monitor it. 

A shot from the ground to show the set up.