e-Lew’s Dictionary: Interesting

July 28, 2015 § 1 Comment


Interesting [int(ə)rəstiNG] adjective: A Minnesota nice way of describing something that is non-standard, slightly less good and/or flat-out bad.

I burnt Eldyn’s quesadilla last week and tried to pawn it off on him anyway. He said, “This is an interesting sandwich, mama.”


Kindergarten Screener

July 26, 2015 § 1 Comment


Eldyn was waiting all week for a chance to try his hand at this mysterious kindergarten screening. I knew he was excited because he kept asking me for frequent updates on how many more nights/days/hours he had to wait. Also, he busted out his Woody Boots. “Now I’m a kindergarten screener!”

Eldyn did a great job and was deemed ready to go. It didn’t hurt that his little personality, his boots and his pre-K strut won everyone over. I love it when I get a chance to see Lew all on his own. The way he tackles life is just so fearless. And effective. This kid is something else.

On our walk back to the car, I suggested bubble tea. Eldyn agreed and in his most grow-up voice said, “Good idea. It’s a nice hot day that’s perfect for bubble tea.”

Farm Report: July Week 3

July 22, 2015 § Leave a comment


Broccoli! One of the few vegetables I know for a fact my kids (and husband) like more than me (not complaining). I must admit though, I was excited about the prospect of my mom turning this beauty into her delicious broccoli salad while we were up at the cabin.

It did not disappoint.


Book Signing? In a Bookstore? Check.

July 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Eldyn at Signing

Megan and I got to do official author/illustrator work over the weekend at a book signing at the Village Bookstore in Grand Rapids, MN. We made a weekend out of it – hanging out at our cabin before and after the event with our entourage. I’m very, very glad the illustrator of my book is also my best friend. There was no question it was worth it even if sales were just OK. It was such a fun weekend!

Here’s Lew sporting a pair of Antler, A’s – we had a craft project which did attract kids to the scene.

Eldyn: 3 Years + 7 Months

July 13, 2015 § Leave a comment


Mini Golfer: Playing mini golf with Eldyn is the best. How can you not feel like celebrating every mini victory with this guy in your party?


Probably his favorite hole ever was the one where you aim for the drain in a potty. But he tackles each one with the same vigor. Here is a video of E getting a hole in…who really gives a hoot?

Muscle Mom: Since it’s CSA season we put leafy greens in everything. This totally grosses Eldyn out. Especially when he saw me eating kale in my eggs. I told him that is why I am so (incredibly!) strong and it seemed to resonate. Now when he wants me to carry him he says, “You can do it, you eat lettuce in your eggs.

Hoodie: I was worried I ruined Eldyn on hoodies when I forced him to wear a “handy hoodie” that year he wouldn’t keep his mittens on. (A handy hoodie was my invention – just mittens sewn onto a hoodie sweatshirt so they could not come off. I would have patented and sold this brilliance except Lew made me feel I had invented a torture device.) Anyway, now that it’s 90 out, Lew insists on only wearing shirts with hoods. He is a sweaty head but doesn’t seem to give a hoot.

2 Years + 7 Months

1 Year + 7 Months

7 Months

College Application Essay Class at the Loft

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

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There are just a few weeks left to sign your kids up for the class I’m teaching at the Loft Literary Center! It’s called “Killer College Essays” and it runs from July 27-31. If you know someone who likes to procrastinate – this class is perfect. Imagine being done with your essay before school even starts!

Here are the details:

  • July 27 through 31
  • 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Link to sign up

Farm Report: July Week 1

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Apparently the best way to get your garden to thrive is to go on vacation and put your neighbor and Megan in charge. Holy cow my garden exploded while we were gone.

Note to self: If we’re getting a CSA next year, maybe don’t plant lettuce. I am not kidding when I say yesterday Hiram stuck his tongue out and it was completely green and slimy from eating so many leaves. Future self, please, we are drowning in lettuce. I already know I am not going to listen…

The BEST part of our farm update though is this:


Every night we eat raspberries. There’ so sweet no one has even argued when I tell them it’s dessert.

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