Blowing & Drifting

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Do you want to build a snowman⛄️

January 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Me, the amazing Julia, made this snowman yesterday with help from my friend Meg!#awesome

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · girls · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos · winter

Sick-mas

December 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Like pretty much every aspect of and moment I’m adulthood, Christmas 2014 had been a mix of good and bad. Time with family, gifts, a couple fun outings, and holiday food have been good. No time for Scrabble and poor weather has been bad, but nothing’s been worse than Vivi getting sick again – this […]

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Vivi Art: Mrs. Zublowski’s Second Grade Class

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi periodically makes a sort of "class photo" drawing of a bunch of kids that belong to some imaginary class. She enjoys drawing the silly faces as much as making up the silly names. Here for instance are Mrs. Zublowski’s second graders – but interestingly not Mrs. Zublowski herself:

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · BloWriMo · borrowed content · diversions · girls · parenting · photos · school · winter

Strep Day

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The Tassava family has not fared well during Northfield’s current epidemic of strep, pneumonia, influenza, and the stomach flu. Today, Vivi is home with strep. Sick Vivi is lethargic, quiet, and bored – pretty much the opposite of Normal Vivi. At least she has a friend who’s supplying some good purring medicine.

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The Real Christmas Workshop

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Forget Santa’s workshop at the North Pole: Julia’s workshop at the kitchen table is where the real magic is happening. She’s made amazing presents here for Shannon and Genevieve. I can’t wait to see what she makes for me!

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Jingle Bell Runners (and Bikers)

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Last year, the Northfield YMCA asked our local bike club if anyone would like to lead out the annual Jingle Bell Run downtown. Several of us fatbikers were interested, and had fun leading racers over the slick, cold course. This year the Y asked us again, so again a bunch of us showed up, though […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · winter

Four Crazy Things Said at My House Tonight

November 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Julia, finishing dinner: “I just love PowerPoint SO MUCH!” Genevieve, while I cleaned the kitchen: “Here, taste this sauce that I made from hot sauce, pepper, sugar, and ketchup.” Julia, after her shower: “If I can’t be the first woman president, I’ll be the best one instead.” Genevieve, around bedtime: “Look! I made a crocodile […]

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Awesome Filmmaking by the Girls

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Julia learned how to use the iOS version of iMovie at school this week, so she and Vivi have been making “trailers” – four so far. Each is better than the last, and the girls are especially happy with these three. Amazing creativity – and no shortage of sheer weirdness. The Diary of Fate Pixie Dust […]

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Tired From Just Knowing Her

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I just don’t know how Vivi does it. She was up past midnight at a sleepover, then awake at seven. After a mammoth post-lunch meltdown, we went for a three-hour hike slash creek stomp at a cool little park south of town. I have been basically catatonic since dinner, but she somehow had the energy […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · diversions · family · girls · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos

Happy Eighth Birthday, Vivi

August 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, Vivi turns eight! What a roller coaster these years have been, and what a marvelous person she is today!

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · family · girls · parenting · photos · summer

Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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Something for Everyone: An Evening with the Girls

July 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Shannon and the girls got home tonight from tae kwon do around 6:15. Within a few minutes, we were sitting down to dinner – an hour or an hour and a half after our usual (ridiculously early) dinnertime. The meal was scarfed, the desserts were wolfed, and then Vivi got a bad attack of heartburn from […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · family · girls · Northfield · parenting · summer

The “Robots” Song, by Vivi

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

A little song that Vivi made up and has been singing for a few days: Robots… Here they come down the street Robots… Marchin’ their robotic feet With a motorized computer in their head With snapping jaws that snap shut ev’ry time you touch ‘em Be careful! You don’t wanna bite your finger offffff………

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · borrowed content · family · girls · parenting · spring

Four square: A Crazy Game

June 9th, 2014 · No Comments

This spring, the girls got very interested in the playground game four square. I never played the game growing up, so I had no idea how to play, and in fact at first I confused four square with tetherball, another game I never played.* Now, the girls love this game, and want to play it almost […]

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Ten!

June 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday we finished celebrating Julia’s first-double digit birthday. This sweet, smart, placid, beautiful girl turned ten on June three – a milestone birthday that I can’t believe has come already. She had a wonderful week of celebrations: a small sleepover with two good friends last week (and presents and pizza and a movie and cake), […]

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