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The weekend after our birthdays was absolutely gorgeous. We decided to spend the afternoon hiking at the Lowry Nature Center. Jeff had fun testing out his new video camera. I had fun taking photographs. And Ellie had fun exploring.

I’ve also made a few layouts already using some of the photographs from that day.



Last week parents were invited to sit in at dance class. Ellie’s was on Monday. They demonstrated how they stretch at the barre and on the floor. They showed all 5 ballet feet and arm positions and did a number of across the floor exercises. It was also the class where their recital costume is revealed and orders placed. Ellie’s class will be wearing a cute dress that has a white fitted bodice with embroidered flowers and a long, flowing, pink skirt.

I used these photos from dance class as part of a 30 minute challenge last Saturday to make this layout.

Anna’s jazz class was on Tuesday night. At her level they are leaping and turning all over the place. They do much of their work across the floor and it’s good to see that the instructor insists on working both left and right sides. Anna isn’t as thrilled with her costume, a black and red biketard, or maybe it’s the fishnet stockings that go with it. Anyway, I’m sure she’ll look amazing in it as always.

Here’s a layout I made of Anna and her MVC All Star teammates cheering on the participants at last month’s Diabetes Walk.

“Piles of Smiles”

“Peter’s Pumpkins”


“Pumpkin Carving”

“Pretty Panda”

“Halloween Looks”


The MVC All Star girls helped out at the annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” held at Lake Nokomis a few weeks ago.

Tiny, Lexi (and pooch), Anna and Morgan.

“Madonna” from the St. Paul Saints was there.

Posing with “Madonna”.

Anna having fun.

The team getting instructions from Coach Krisan.

Anna’s group that headed out to meet the participants.

Some of the moms (Nadine, Lisa and me).

The MVC All Stars.

The Purple Team cheering on the walkers at the starting line.

These girls know what they are doing…look at that “toe pop”.

Even “Goldy” from the University of Minnesota braved hanging out with these girls. They almost loved him to death and he had to make a quick escape.

Highlights of the event captured in a layout for Anna’s scrapbook.

Two weeks ago my husband was recognized for his 20 years of service to his company. It was an opportunity for us to get a bit dressed up and enjoy a fancy dinner. Don’t we make a cute couple?

I loved this photo of Ellie just “hanging on” to her Dad. It was taken during out recent trip to Duluth. She is getting so big now that she is 7 that soon her Daddy will not be able to carry like this. Enjoy being little for just awhile longer my girl.

I created a series of two-page layouts to document our trip up north.

UMD College Life:

Gooseberry Falls:

Canal Park:


The end of September marks a tradition of riding in the Headwaters Bike ride near Papa’s cabin with my Dad and my brother, Dan. This is my 10th time in 11 years riding the 45 mile route. I missed the year Elinor was born since there was no way I was getting on a bicycle less than a month after giving birth. This year was also one of the few times we’ve had nice weather. Oftentimes it has been raining, sleeting and even snowing. It did start off rather cold and sunny, but we warmed up quickly.

Bundled up at the start of the ride.

At the first rest stop we all shed at least one layer of clothing. This stop always has good wild rice soup and chocolate chip cookies. I need to fuel up for the hardest stretch of the ride with lots of long hills.

At one point in this hilly area Dan waited for me and asked if I’d seen Dad. Nope. So Dan rode back to find Dad. Turns out he had turned back to find me, not realizing that I was ahead of him. We stuck a bit closer after that. Our next and final rest stop was in Nevis where Jolene and Justin joined in the ride.

The last 11 miles of the ride back into Park Rapids are on the Heartland Trail.

We stopped for pictures at the bridge over Lake Belle Taine. The bridge is actually on the far side of the lake from Papa’s Cabin. There use to be an old trestle-style wooden bridge at this location that my kids use to love climbing underneath. It was replaced two years ago with a concrete arch span.

  A few “staged” action shots as we neared Park Rapids and the finish.

Happy riders! Dad, Dan and I completed 45 miles. Justin and Jolene finished 11 miles. All were heroes!


Having lived in Carver for the past 9 years now I automatically connect the end of summer, the start of a new school year and Steamboat Days all together. It’s a great time of year. I love FALL!