Auntie, look at me!

I had Sophie overnight while JonJo picked up Kylie from Grandma's house and had a Valley Fair day.

That was the phrase of the weekend. "Auntie, look at me" "Watch me!" And every time I was mondo impressed!

Jumping on a pogo stick sort of thing from Grandma Yaya

Love this picture.

Hung said pogo stick from the chin

Swing said pogo stick around. Many, many times.

Watering the driveway. It was important to get the whole thing wet. Until she was a couple of buckets in and lost interest.

Bubbles pretty much kept us busy the rest of the time. She blew bubbles. I blew bubbles, she caught them. She was especially impressed with my, catch the bubble on the wand without popping it, trick. That's right. Auntie's got skills!

In case anyone is wondering how beautiful my singing voices is - we were jammin' to some tunes, and every time I would sing, she would put her hand over my mouth, look at me sternly and say, "Auntie, you no talk."

Let's not forget this beautiful mutt still exists. Love you Dakota!!

New phrase of the weekend: "You can sit there and mope if you want, just don't touch that."


Sophie Turns 4!

Sophie's birthday landed on Kylie's final day of play practice. She's been asking to ride a city bus for months so I thought, why not? We hopped on a bus and rode out to Lakeside where there is still an "old school" bakery (yes, these are getting difficult to come by around here!).

She chose a cookie instead of a donut. Of course, once they knew it was her birthday they gave her TWO.

Then played a nearby park before we hopped back on the bus back toward home. 

Her next request was to visit dad at work!

The long awaited gift opening.

We ended the evening by going to Kylie's play, Sleeping Beauty (oddest rendition of this story ever!). Much like last year, she really enjoyed being in this production.

At 4 years old: 
-  She loves all chapstick, hand sanitizer, and lotion (mostly eating them so we have to hide those things)
-  Loves and idolizes her sister (and really dislikes her...depending on the moment.) 
-  Has a fierce side that comes out in blink of an eye
-  Enjoys being in the kitchen with mom, playing in and with water, and riding her 3 wheel bike

We are excited to see where the next year brings for our sweet, sassy, and snuggly little Sophie Marie!

Camping (followed by bonus Duluth day)

Our first camping trip of the year was....well, a challenge. The forecast one week out was perfection. But that soon changed to cold and wet. Still some good memories, just not ideal!

We decided to try separating the naughties with the cooler, but they outsmarted us. One, they could still see each other which lends itself to many dirty looks and yelling. Two, the would shove the cooler back and forth so it was ramming into the other one. We need bigger and taller.

Little stop to picnic on the way. Obviously, we were on the Iron Range, headed toward Bear Head Lake State Park, Ely.

What to do when your food takes forever to arrive at the local dive? Count and stack jam containers, of course.

We toured Soudan Underground Mine. This is where they control the elevator shafts going up and down.

As you can see, Sophie was thrilled.

This about sums it up :-) 

I'm not a super fan of the entire elevator way below the earth's surface, either, but I found it calmed me to have to keep her calm. Refocused my anxieties quite well!

Luckily, the park had a brand new trail center which is where we ended up spending a ton of time!

Our soggy setup. This was our first year with new tents so that added a dynamic to the trip; it takes getting used to a new tent!

Somehow all of this.....

Is going to fit into this....

The deal is always, I'll get the bags packed, he gets it all into the car. Seems to work for us! Once it's out the door of the house or out of the tent, I turn my head and hope for the best. 

We did end up going home a day early which worked out well. We got unpacked and settled back in and the next day was warm and sunny. Bonus day in Duluth!

Helping dad was the car from all that mud and gravel.

Started with a trip to our favorite local park.

Onto Hermantown days for face painting and a BBQ lunch, courtesy of the bank. Typically Jon works this event, but we'd planned to be gone!

Then to Downtown Duluth for sidewalk days. This was a magician Kylie helped with.


Giant Connect 4.

Of course a bouncy house that she must have done 50 times. Sophie of course wanted nothing to do with it.

Mini me's in a Corvette.

A busy but fun summer day!