Friday, April 30, 2010

What the WHAT?!!

Enoch and Calvin playing the basement.

Is that really a bat?


That's our food storage!

So, what's your opinion Willa?

My thoughts exactly.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

David's Made His Own Birthday Cake

...out of donuts. And it's what he wanted.

No matter how hard I tried to convince him otherwise.

Happy Birthday Mr. Martin!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dently Takes a Holiday

Our wonderful family van celebrated Earth Day today. And by his not starting, we observed Earth Day by biking it.

Emma and Willa on our way to school which is about 4 miles away on bike trails and city streets.

Nothing makes you feel more alive than a city bus bearing down on your baby's trailer and than feeling that whoose as it passes on your left on tight downtown one ways.

To complete the festivities, Emma and I bought a donut on "Eat Street." You gotta burn calories to earn calories. Good dougnuts! If you're on Nicollet go to "LY Sandwhich and Bakery."

Finally, we made it. This is one of the awesome pieces of art outside.

But what makes her school really awesome is the buildings around it. (I found this picture here. It said it was free for web use.)

All in all with dropping her off, picking her up, taking her home, running a few errands, and getting a little bit of alot lost (googlemaps for bikes is Beta), I figure I logged about 20 miles. My tighs are killing me and Willa cries when she sees the bike trailer.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Long Day

Kindergarten can be tough and homework is sometimes frustrating; he just couldn't keep his head up any more.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Out Sourcing

When anyone asks me for parenting advice--which rarely happens--I always know just what to tell them. Have a 10 year old girl first!

Specifically, an Emma.

Then she can bake bread....

Give her siblings a bath...

And do your parental reading for you!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

It Came

I am excited to announce the arrival of Spring!

This I know is so, not because of the calendar, but because of the walkers, runners, and bikers. You see, in Minneapolis there are two types of people: people who are crazy about exercise and people who think those people are crazy.

The strict dichotomy, I’m fairly sure, is due to 5 months of winter. Days upon days, weeks upon weeks of indoor living leaves a mark on body and soul; so either you spend your winter incarceration casting about for ways to move your body and pining after grass or you succumb and learn to sit. (An Uncharacteristically Vicious Aside—not for Mpls friends to read: There are some here in the Midwest that will tell you that you can enjoy, nay LOVE, winter. All you have to do is find a way to get out in it, a winter pastime or hobby. For these chipper winter lovers I long to take away their indoor garages, make them live on a PhD student salary, give them four children under the age of ten, and then knock them up. Let's sit back and watch them embrace snow and ice THEN! HA!--Okay, spiteful and pointless aside over, I apologize.) So, by the time the snow dissolves and all you have left on the sidewalk is salt and sand, the crazies come out in masses.

People are everywhere. They forget they have cars. Minneapolitans walk, run, ride, and skip to destinations closer than 10 miles. Even I, Mrs. Moderation (A Typically Useless Aside: That isn't quite true because I actually married Mr. Fiscally Conservative Tightwad with Leftist Leanings.), have caught the bug. Without really intending to, last Wednesday I canceled my appointment at the gym and went on a 2 hour run instead. Two hours!

But the sun was so pretty. And the flowers were blooming--or budding anyway. And I was outside. Outside. I just love writing that word: outside. Without a coat even. Besides after the first hour, my stride was not so much of a run but more of a bouncy trudge. Like my fellow crazies, I just got carried away. I was reconnecting with sidewalks, sun, grass and my indefinably industrial, artistic, river view, funky south side neighborhood. It seemed more important to see the world than to return home/inside.

In fact, my part of the world was so entertaining that I went back to get a few pictures...

I was keen on this gorgeous tree. Ironically, it reminds me of snow.

I loved this sign discreetly hung on this fence.

You read it right.
Proudly declaring "House of Cheese."

And this strange object...


I mean, WHAT the?!

Sadly, I didn't get a picture of the Bunny Peeps on a Stick planted near the river. I could only imagine what they were doing there. But every scenario I pictured was wholly satisfactory.

And of course this little girl accompanied me on my excursion.
While, I said it was sunny, it was not warm. She wore a coat and snow pants.

She loved it as much as I did.

Go SPRING! (outside, outside, outside...)

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Willa and her friend have the same shirt. They love wearing it together.

Willa is the one on the right, the shorter girl, she's got a pacifier attached to her birdie shirt.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter 2010

Easter family portrait.

Real Easter family portrait, silly.

Easter children portrait.

Looking for eggs.

Enoch finds the prize egg.

Willa and her shiner.

Calvin inhaling egg.

Willa with lollipop.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Martin Quote

Enoch: A big bubble of booger came out of my nose, and I got it back in.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Foiled Again!

Happy April Fool's Day! One of my favorite days of the year...

This year I foiled 'em...Literally...

David's Laptop (see his keys? they were next.)

I had the most fun in the bathroom.

"He-he-he!" She chortled while rubbing her hands in black hatted villainy glee.

The cereal bowls.

The cereal.

The milk.

Their shoes.

And a few choice items.
Emma's brush,
Taran's lego box,
Enoch's monkey (that sucker was hard to wrap!),
and Calvin's dog.

There was more I wrapped, but it's getting onto 3am right now and I've gotta to get to sleep--if I can sleep that is--This is better than Christmas!

Foiled again, the morning.

Calvin and Enoch looking at the bathroom.

Taran finds the Wii remotes.

It was everywhere!

Need a picture of the foil ball.
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