Saturday, October 11, 2014

little house

Today we took Yoda to Pepin, Wisconsin. She asked to go, she's been begging to go for about two months.  You might ask why - her dad did, and he had a point. I mean, as far as attractions go, or even Burger Kings, you aren't gonna find much in Pepin.

Go ahead, Google it - we'll wait.





If you happen to be a history buff, you already know what she was so excited about. Pepin, is the home to THE Little House in The Big Woods, the one made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although we are already on book three (On The Banks Of Plum Creek), and deep in the drama created by that nasty Nellie Oleson, Yoda was thrilled to pretend to be Laura, dole out roles to the rest of us (Ma, Pa and Mary) and play in the woods she's read so much about.

We stopped to gather stones on the shore of Lake Pepin (just like Laura), then we stopped at the local museum to sit in an olden times school room, write with a slate pencil, and buy a bonnet and "penny" candy (just like Laura), then it was off to the actual cabin, where we played in the attic, gathered leaves,  and ran through the woods (just like Laura).

After 12 months of Anna and Elsa and Let It Go, I must admit, that this is a nice break.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

punk's confirmation

So the oldest child is about to be confirmed. With this seems to go an awful lot of pomp and circumstance - optional of course -  but sort of - not really.

If you know me, or this kid, or any of our kids for that matter, you know that pomp and circumstance cannot possibly go smoothly. What confirmation pictures are supposed to look like:


How most of his actually look:


At least he's not the kid with the beagle ear stole -but still.  His confirmation project, or faith statement, is genuine. The kids were asked to put together anything at all - a drawing, painting, poem, diorama, whatever it was that conveyed what their faith means to them. Since he's a pretty spiritual person, we were eager to see what he came up with.His is 100% genuine, which means it is 100% completely Punk, therefore it doesn't cross the line, but it bends it - nearly breaks it - possibly even lifts the line up off of the ground and walks right under it, with his pinky still hanging on, barely touching. But wait for it - you'll have to watch until the very end to see where he's going with this: