Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dirty Girls

(from left) Sam, Jill, Michelle, Lisa, and Christy ran the Dirty Girl at Milford Hills. Here's a pic the only time Grace liked being around them.

Grace got a chance to wish mom well, "Go Mom!"
And the race is on. They all think they're going to like it. Silly ladies.

We saw a couple of the obstacles. The first was some hay bales. Must have been replacing them during the race. This is how they looked after 5000 runners had climbed them.

The next chance we had was at the halfway point. Before here, they encountered some mud and some tire obstacles.

The great part about this one was the spectators kept quiet about the entry. These the only women I saw who didn't fall face first as they entered. The footing is hidden by the muddy water and the tarp underneath is slick. I was very disappointed no one went under.

Michelle was having fun scaring the girls. Before there was a snow fence between us and them. Now it was nothing more than a ribbon between Grace, Lydia, and Ella and those filthy ladies.

Lisa was happy to be part of the run but not quite thrilled with the mud. Her friends were sensitive to her requests to be left alone.

The final obstacle, cargo net climb, had about a 20 minute wait. And this group was the absolute last group of the day.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Up North with the Bornemans

Rudy's sister and brother-in-law own a cabin in Rhinelander where we vacationed for a little less than a week. (Thank you Weynbergs.) The week started a little cold with a slightly chilly boat ride around the lake to the calmest section we found. Haley was the first to jump in. Not to be outdone by Paul.

On this trip and others, Grandpa didn't have the sense to set an age limit on piloting the boat. Sorry for the damage to the outboard, Dave.

Grandma was generous enough to share some warmth after Lydia got her toes wet.

Despite Paul dumping Lydia into the lake via the weeble wobble jet ski, Lydia got back on. This time with Grandpa. She was much happier.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another Day at Bay Beach

Following the girl's dance performance, we headed out of town for a north woods vacation. But before heading up north, we stopped at Bay Beach.

The carousel was a huge hit with Lydia.
And Ella, of course.
And Grace.

Then the girls quickly raced to the ferris wheel.

Ella went on her first ferris wheel ride and LOVED it. She would scream in anticipation of going down and and around!
We all went on a train ride and a few other rides before heading on for the rest of our vacation.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Since we missed the spring dance performance, the girls were really looking forward to this performance. The girls performed to the "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini." I have the performance on video, but haven't downloaded it yet. Maybe that would be a good husband task.
Jane, Lydia and Grace pre-show.
Grace, Lydia and Lauren post-perfromance
The girls and their teacher, Miss Stacey
Lydia and Miss Stacey
My girls!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

First Haircut

It's not really Lydia's first haircut, because she took it up herself to complete that task herself. But, a couple days later, I decided to bring her in for the professional first haircut.

Her self-operated haircut was actually pretty good, just giving herself cute little bangs. Then people proceeded to tell her that it actually looked cute and said how much of a good job she did!
Don't encourage her crazy behavior people!


And AFTER. Thanks to my fabulous photographer, Grace!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


What do you do when your youngest daughter decides to start her day at 4 am? If it's up to me, I give her a morning nap and then spend the afternoon at an area beach and park.

Oh yeah, and drink a lot of coffee and hope they decide to go to bed early.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A HOT Day at Bay Beach

We met some friends at Bay Beach a few weeks ago on what seemed like the hottest day of the year. Thankfully it wasn't very busy and we didn't stay long. We opted to ditch Bay Beach for air conditioning and a sprinkler. We had fun for the short time that we were there.

As usual Grace and Lydia made a beeline for the ferris wheel.
Then a few helicopter rides.
Grace went on the Scrambler for the first time.
Lastly, a short train ride.
So long, until next time.