Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Hi, we are back from our fun-filled vacation. We started out in Minneapolis and then went over to Duluth. Then up the shore of Lake Superior staying in Silver Bay and Lutsen. It was great! Here are some pictures...

Isaac loved the Science Museum in Minneapolis. Here he is using the steam engine machine.

Here he is finding the USA on the world map at the Science Museum.

Isaac at the Minnesota Zoo in the butterfly garden.

Sarah and Isaac in Duluth watching a 1,000 foot cargo ship head out into the lake. There is a bridge there that has to raised up to let the ship out.

Isaac and Todd waving good bye to the cargo ship as it heads out into Lake Superior.

Here is Isaac at the wheel of a huge ship that we took a tour of. Lots of ladder type steps on it...Isaac did fantastic.

Sarah and Isaac walking over a bridge by High Falls.

Sarah and Isaac at the top of the Split Rock Light house.

The whole family at Gooseberry Falls.

Isaac chilling in the hammock at our hotel in Silver Bay.

Todd and Isaac on a canoe ride near Lutsen.

Sarah and Isaac in a tram going up to Moose Mountain in Lutsen.

Sarah and Isaac getting a good look at Lake Superior from the top of Moose Mountain.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Swimming lessons update!

Isaac passed Level 1! Next time we sign up for Level 2. Way to go, Isaac!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Stay at Home Day!

We are having a "stay at home" day! And it is great!

When school was on, Tuesdays were always stay at home days. But since school got out we have only had one stay at home day! And that was 10 days ago...so when Isaac was asking for a stay at home day earlier this week, I got out the calendar and scheduled one right away! Good idea, Buddy!

Swimming Lessons

Isaac is doing swimming lessons this week and next. He has to do Level 1 again and he doesnt like it. I had to explain to him for three days that he was in Level 1 again and why, before he understood that it will be Level 1 for the whole 8 sessions. He thought he should be in Level 2 the second night.

I think his biggest problem may be sensory related, and I am not sure there is much he can do about it. He is trying so hard, staying focused on the teacher and practicing when it is not his turn with the teachers instead of splashing and goofing off like last year. I hope he gets passed to Level 2 next week. But just in case, I have been praising him up for his hard work and focus!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I've been tagged

Megan over at Life with the Rostens tagged me...so here goes...

things I am looking forward to
1. a vacation to Minnesota
2. Seeing my nephew on the above vacation
3. To be chosen by a birthmother
4. Todd finishing the family room
5. Going camping again
6. MNO next week

things that I did yesterday
1. Read books to Isaac.
2. Brought Isaac to Speech
3. Talked on the phone to my sister
4. Brought Isaac to Swimming lessons
5. Cleaned up the yard
6. Played outside in the yard
7. Read a book on the deck.
8. Planned out some of our vacation

things that I wish I could do
1. International Adoption
2. Win the lottery to fund #1
3. Get my house more organized
4. Work as a teacher again

8 shows I watch
1. Law and order
2. Law and order:SVU
3. How I met your Mother
4. Rules of engagement
5. Desperate housewives
6. The office
7. Chuck
8. Two and 1/2 men

I know I didnt do 8 for each category, but oh well...And I am not going to tag anyone else since I dont know that many that Megan didnt already tag.

Monday, June 1, 2009

First Camping Trip

If you are a camper, you know that the first few times out for the summer,you realize you forgot all kinds of things. With that in mind, I am going to do this post in the "not me" style that I have seen on some other blogs.

The idea was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

First off, I did not pack only one bag of potato chips for 4 days of camping. I mean that is only 8 meals. And of course, my husband did not eat most of that before mentioned bag of chips in our first meal.

Being a super mom, I most definitely did not forget the antibacterial wipes and did not use a mushy paper towel to wipe up the skinned knees that are inevitable while camping.

Of course, I did not forget 1/2 of our blankets. And I would never dream of getting up in the middle of the night to steal a blanket from my sweet, innocent sleeping child. (Hey, if he was sleeping, he didnt need it, right?)

I definitely did not teach my son a "Dead Milkmen" song around the campfire. (If you love somebody, set them on fire...")

Of course, I would never encourage Todd and Isaac to take a tour of the nearby power plant just so I could get some uninterupted nap time.

Being married to Todd, I would never, never dream of smuggling a portable DVD player into the camper. I did not let my son watch movies.

And finally, I did not give in and let my son bring home some flies that he had caught and put in his "bug box". Yuck, flies? why couldn't they catch less dirty bugs?

Actually, when it was all done, I think the trip went very well, and we all had a great time!