Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Haunted Trail

Our community has a bonfire and haunted trail for the Halloween season.  My girl scout troop wanted to participate in it this year so we volunteered to take a spot on the trail to "scare" or entertain trail walkers.  Of course, most of the troop did not want to be real scary so we pitched them some ideas and they picked Dia de los Muertos which to them was an adequate theme since skull faces were involved.  We got a professional to do our make up (Fabulous Faces by Brooke!) and it was quite the success!  We got a lot of compliments on the make up and costumes (I got ponchos from Goodwill).  Next year the girls want to do it again only be scary!  Sigh....

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chica Kitty

Steve and I had been thinking that if we want another cat (our Lolo passed away in March) that we should do it while the Carlos is still a puppy and not full grown.  The pet store had a female kitten who was fostered in a home with dogs and was used to them.  We put in for adoption of her and was able to bring her home this week.  We named her Chica which is in line with Spanish names that all of our pets have had.  Other names we considered was Montse (mon-say) or Paloma but Chica was easier for the kids to say and so it stuck.  She is a sweet little kitty who reminds us a lot of our Pepa kitty who died five years ago.  She is curious and brave and may be messing with the dog a little.  He's been chasing her so we're hoping that he calms down soon and gets used to her.  Quique, our old man kitty (he's 17) is indifferent but she doesn't love him too much.  She avoids him more than the dog.  With 2 cats, a dog and a fish, it is quite the zoo in our house!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First Day of School

Our school district is K-6 so this is like Gretchen's senior year of high school only it's elementary. It's probably better for her in terms of maturity since she's a young 11....  She's excited to go back to school except as she stated: doing math....

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Right Dog at the Right Time

So we got a puppy.... yep a puppy!  A lot of friends and family said the same thing to us about the dog as they did about us having kids:  I didn't think you guys were ever going to!  His name is Carlos (don't judge the name - the kids picked it out) and he's a 9 week old sack of boxer sugar!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Camping at Devil's Lake!

This year for our annual camp trip to Devil's Lake Steve rented a pop up so we could see how we like it.  It was a lot of fun and different for sure.  It had air conditioning so I can't really complaining about "glamping" it for the week.  Since it was the week of the boys' birthday, we hit Noah's Ark in the Dells and that was a blast (and exhausting!).

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy 4th of July Fishies!

We went to the Shedd for the 4th of July.  We had to get out of the house... Now that the kids are older, they have the patience to watch the fish! 
Whale Watching

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Camp

The girl loves overnight camp.  Two weeks this year she'll go to Girl Scout Camp and one week at church camp.  I'm relieved that she is able to make friends and adapt and not worry about us at home. 

The first camp this year is Harry Potter themed so I'm hoping she enjoys it. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


I don't expect her to follow in my footsteps.  In high school, I did dance, choir, theater, etc.  She hasn't proved to be a dancer yet (she did one year of it in Kindergarten or first grade) but she does seem to like choir.  I suspect it's because her best friend is also doing choir (this is the 2nd year in the row the girls are doing this...).  Anyhow, she did practice at home which is a first for her so I think she must like it a little bit.  She performed with a community wide group of 750 singers from the local school districts.  It was pretty cool!