Monday, May 23, 2016

Back home!

We've been at home for two weekends in a row and loving it.  We've been playing a lot of games, got in the sprinkler, and made it to Como again.  Games we have been playing include hot-potato, garbage (card game), and picking up worms (one of Pip's new favorites).  We're loving the spring weather and cannot wait for summer to start.

Currently, Nina loves knock-knock jokes.  She demands new jokes faster than anyone should ever be able to come up with them.  A joke from Pip would be one of her cranky morning conversations:

Pip: "uhhhhhh, I wish I was a vampire"
Mom: "why?"
Pip: "because I want to stay up all night" (duhhh)

Crazy 8s      -------     Match game penguins

Conversation of the card game:

Pip:  I am going to win! [singing]
Nina: Pip, it's your turn.
Mom: Pip, you are going to win!
Pip:  What?

Monday, May 9, 2016

New York, New York

Ben and Kara had a wonderful trip to New York this past week.  Ben went to the 99u conference and got to hear a lot of excellent speakers and about innovation in action during the day.  During mornings and nights, we got to roam the city and see much of what it has to offer.  We walked over 35 miles and rode the subway for another 30 while checking out Times Square, Greenwich Village, NYU, Grand Central Station, Little Italy, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and looked upon many other sites including the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building.  We spent an extended amount of time in Central Park and made it to two art museums.  We obviously ate a ton of food and we really feel like we squeezed in as much as we could in those three days.

The ManhattAnt - a new species known in just a 13 block area of NYC

Meanwhile, the girls had a blast in Owatonna.  They got to go fishing, saw a play, went swimming, helped garden, went to a movie, and played plenty of games.  Thanks so much to Grandma and Grandpa!


We all had a wonderful Mother's Day as well.  We got to see Granny Annie smile and music was back at Como.  Sunshine poured down upon us.