Thursday, July 30, 2009

Part of what I did today...

Update on bed poll

I really want to keep the queen bed because a) It's ridiculously comfortable. 2) We already own it 3) and who cares about space to put crap?

Eric wants to get a twin trundle bed because a) he wants to put extra crap in there and b) doesn't want our guests to be too comfortable (just kidding about that one).

Ike's Hair (see new poll on right!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Poll!

Eric and I are in disagreement over our guest room. See right.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


These shoes were Mado's but she wouldn't wear them because apparently "Black is NOT my favorite color!" Cal loves them.

The Mighty Mississippi

We rode our bikes to the Mississippi River and let the boys play in it. It looks really clean and beautiful here but this was a disgusting part of it. It smelled like fish and I felt dirty. I was anxious to leave but tried not to show it.


Cal and Ru wanted to watch an instructional magic video. The guy shows kids how to use their props for magic. I warned them, "Are you sure this is what you two choose? I think this will be boring." Cal responded, "Mom, it's TV. We're kids. It can't be boring."

The dog park

We went to the dog park a couple weeks ago (yes, I'm behind) with some friends and their dogs. We didn't bring swimsuits for the kids and thought they may just put their feet in. Not so much....

Here's Vica (short for Victoria). Vica, her mom Lisa, and her sister Kaia, are all in a playgroup with us. I took this photo because she was cracking me up. She looked like the Little Mermaid and pretty much spent the whole time lounging on this rock. Her mom, Lisa, is a tomboy, but Vica is... well, she is very princessy.
Ike in time-out for throwing rocks near people.

Tootie, my awesome swimming dog, who loves to fetch and swim.
The dog park had lots of trails.

And here we found some sort of bonfire pit. At a dog park. Weird.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Uncle Jason Visits

Ike cuddled with Jas when he found out he was leaving to go back home.
Chillin' while Eric and I were at church.

This is why they were chillin'. Jason was worn out.

Jason and Zach came up to go to the boundary waters. Here they are just coming out of the wild.

Note to readers: Aunt Becky and Aunt Cheryl were up here that same weekend, but I didn't have our camera. And Becky took a ton of really great pictures, but lost it somewhere (in our house? On our lawn? We still don't know).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What I Never Thought I'd Hear...

From the bathroom, "Mom, after I finish wiping the poop off my butt, we can play hide and seek! Isn't that a great idea!?"

Monday, July 06, 2009

Is homeschooling really for me?

Cal: The Mississippi River is the longest river in the world.
Me: It's the longest in the United States. The Nile river is the longest in the world. It's in India.
Cal: No it's not. It's in Egypt.
Me: Um... let's go look it up.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

St. Paul Saints

The Johannsens (Brad, Sarah, Atticus, Dietrich and Lincoln) invited us to the St. Paul Saints game. As you can imagine, we didn't really watch the game and we left after the fourth inning.

Blogger doesn't let me organize my pictures very easily anymore. It's so not worth 1/2 hour. So here they are in no particular order:

Here's where the kids played a lot of the time. Sometimes I make Eric take pictures of me so that my kids will remember what I looked like when I die. Here is proof that I was, in fact, there.

Does he know too much?

Cal drew this the other day: Take a close look at the tadpole thingies at the bottom.
Cal explained his drawing to me: These are sperm with ideas. The ideas they have are "Calt." Except for this one (pointed to left sperm). His idea is just "Cal."

Freddie and Ike

Cal and Sammy were in pirate camp for 8 days this month, so Jess and I traded babysitting with the little ones. Freddie and Ike got along most of the time, but needed a little more coaching than we're used to! Here's a happy time:

"Camping" with the girls

Leann, Nikki and I planned on camping in the Dells. Then Leann got knocked up, so we decided that

instead of sleeping on the hard ground, we would stay in a little house.

Eric dropped me off there on the way to his parent's house to help them put up some doors while his mom and sisters took care of the boys. I lost my camera the last day (and then found it at a restaurant- hooray!), so I didn't get any pictures of the last day- when we played at the pool with Cal and Ike. And Nikki got a bunch of pictures, but she claims she can't send them via email. But she sells computers for a living, so I'm calling bs on that one.

I unsuccessfully braided Leann's hair.

Tree huggers. augh.

That's where Nikki slept.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Jesus and the lake of fire...

From Revelation 19- (This is one of my favorite pictures of Jesus Christ in the Bible. It's so clear that the Bible is saying that Jesus is, in fact, God Almighty.)

11Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
.....20These two [satan and the false prophet] were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

Today in the car, Calvin, Ike and I were talking about Jesus and what he looked like. I told them that when Jesus comes back to earth to defeat Satan, he will be on a horse and have a sword coming out of his mouth. I couldn't really remember the passage, so I told them that I think his eyes will be blazing and his hair will be shining. I told them I would look it up when we got home.

Cal asked how Jesus would defeat Satan and I answered that he would be thrown into a lake of fire.

As soon as we got to our friends' house, Ike started crying. I ran into the room and found out that Cal hit Ike with a sword. I asked Cal why and he responded, "Because I was pretending that Ike was Satan."

Then tonight while I was praying, Cal interrupted and said he wanted to pray: "Dear Lord, Why do you have a sword coming out of your mouth? What are you doing up there, Lord? Thank you that all my friends are alive and that they are not dying. And thank you that Isaac would stop messing with my face [I looked up then and saw that Ike was repeatedly slapping Cal in the face]. Amen."