Monday, June 11, 2018

Fishing 2018!

Mathias and I spend a few sunny days on the shores of Lake Rebecca in search of some bass. THey're funny fish in that they have a voracious appetite and will strike the spinner like there's no tomorrow. But then they don't do much when you reel them in...  But a good day fishing beats most days of doing other things. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day

The boys were very excited to celebrate mom for Mother's Day. The day began with an early trip to Moon Donuts to pick up materials for breakfast in bed. After a day-long celebration we concluded with dinner and Mathias making homemade ice cream (strawberry) for dessert. It was served with a sponge cake that he wanted to dye green. The cocoa and the green food coloring made it a slightly strange army green appearance. But it was good! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cake auction

The 2018 cub scout cake auction arrived!  Johan wanted to make a 'spring' cake. We arrived at a birds nest in a 'tree'.  Johan had a lot of fun making his vanilla custard cake with lemon frosting (the color of sunshine) and decorating with a birds nest with a few chocolate eggs (Easter leftovers!).  For the leaves we rolled out marzipan with green coloring and made cutouts.
I arrived at the auction with instructions to buy it back. It wasn't the priciest cake in the auction but it took in $90. I folded at $80. 


The conclusion of the hockey reason lined up very well with the start of the lacrosse one. I'll have to admit, I'm not quite up to speed on the rules of the game. It is like mix of hockey, handball, and soccer. For indoor lacrosse, simply remove the ice in a hockey arena and start playing. Once the snow melts it moves outdoors onto larger fields.  First tournament is already in two weeks! 

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Ear all fixed up

After the last round of tubes in his ears, Johan has had a hole in his ear drum. After waiting patiently for it to heal up for 18 months we finally gave up. A surgeon lifted some tissue from behind his ear and used it to 'plug' the hole. Supposedly a laser was involved too. But we're not quite sure what it did. Johan was a trooper through the surgery and we couldn't be prouder of him. He is now to take it easy (and preferably not sneeze) for about four weeks. Easier said than done! 

Monday, April 02, 2018

Skiing Montana

Spring break 2018 was spent mostly in the car and on the ski slopes of Montana. With the snow disappearing at home Bridger Bowl offered long slopes, hardly any skiers, and lots of fresh snow.  The weather was a mixed bag - one day was sunny (but not warm enough to melt snow), one day was windy, and one offered 6 inches of fresh powder (which was quite a different experience). I think we'll be coming back next spring break! 

Monday, March 26, 2018

End of season

It is a bit surreal.  But after 4 month of non-stop hockey, the season ended for both boys. 
I'm not sure what we'll be doing with all our spare time and money! 
It seems with Mathias playing his fourth season and Johan his first we ended up with more pictures of the newbie this year! Johan also dabbled in playing in the net. Hope he chooses to be a skater. I'm not sure if i can handle two goalie bags. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

An even dozen!

And, just like that, Mathias is 12 years old! 
While a Wednesday birthday is not ideal, we made the best of it. We started the day with donuts and finished with ribs and cake. In between there he received some nice gifts from family and friends!
Twelve years seems like a mind bogglingly long time. I honestly can't believe it was that long ago that he rolled in!  Now he's a hockey playing fifth grader with a mind of his own. 
It is marvelous to see! Ericka and I are just happy to be along for the ride! 

Monday, March 05, 2018

Skating at Mariucci

This weekend, Johan's team of hockey Mites got to skate at Mariucci Arena, home to the University of Minnesota hockey team.  They were accompanied by Goldy Gopher, the university mascot. It is always pretty exciting to skate at a massive arena, even if the only people in attendance are parents. I can't even imagine what it would be like with 10,000 screaming fans in the seats!  

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