Blowing & Drifting

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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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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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Track and Field, Fourth Grade Style

May 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday, Julia’s school put on its annual "track and field day" for the fourth and fifth grades. I enjoyed volunteering (the kids ego did the 4×100 relay were intense!), but I also loved seeing Julia run! She did the 100 meter dash and then -despite saying she was exhausted – also did the 400, after […]

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Field-Trip Thank Yous

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

I had fun a couple weeks ago chaperoning Genevieve and two of her classmates through the wonderful field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The teachers do an amazing job of preparing their students for the trip, and the kids really enjoying seeing up close the art they’ve been learning about in class for […]

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A Morning with the Girls

May 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Pretty much a classic morning chez Tassava, in the best sense. The girls played a long, innocent, adorable game of "village" for more than an hour after breakfast: Mostly, the game entailed pretending that the zookeepers from their Little People zoo needed to rescue some zoo animals that had been kidnapped by Curious George. Later, […]

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