Saturday, March 31, 2007

Must have been the moon

Amy's concert was amazing. Wanted to share some pics.

We got to the Lovejoys in the mid afternoon. The kids loved the tramp.

We , of course, loved just hangin.

Kyra, Abbi and Brenna got to sing along with Amy! Here they are doing a quick run through. They sang 'Wide Sky Life', which for us pretty much describes how we feel about our life. :)
Kyra was pretty dang excited to be there *g*Abbi and Kyra in their Exactly shirts.
There she is :D
Dusty and Amy singing :)
Kelli, Kelly, and Amy.
We knew we were *exactly* where we were supposed to beWe love you Amy!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Oh... to be as zen-like as my dog
I love being outside in the morning. Walking down my driveway to get the paper.
The snow is almost gone, just patches left. And I can see some green grass coming through. :)

We're leaving later today for our trip. First stopping in Tennessee to visit Ren, then on to the Lovejoy's in South Carolina with our Amy concert. We'll be meeting up with lots of other families/friends there that we usually only get to see once a year. This is a such treat to see lots of them twice this year! Some of them we haven't seen for a few years...sooo excited. :)

A few days after the concert we'll be heading up to the Hershey PA area with a few other families. Thank you Rowan for wanting to go there, we've never been and it got all of us going on this whole gettogether. :)


What else have we been doing?

Abbi has become interested in Dungeons and Dragons, so she's been reading like crazy, figuring things out. We went into town to look for some books on it and was happy to see some young people gathered at a new gaming type shop...playing DnD :D They were very friendly and invited us to join them on Sundays if we'd like. Of course she always has time for Saddi.

Alec got into the God of War games this last couple of weeks. They're pretty gory for me, yet still I can see why he likes it. So much story, lots of mythology,so much challenge and puzzle solving. He also found and beat a game we hadn't heard of before, called Shadow of the Colossus . Wow! What a beautiful game. Kind of sad, for me, but again, storyline galore and the adventure in the gameplay was amazing. He and Abbi had my mom and dad excited and really feeling the stress of a game. Very fun. Here's our warrior now

Kyra has been playing online with her friends and cousins. And also playing a lot outside with neighborhood friends. The snow thaws, the weather warms up and everyone reappears again. There are actually people out there in the frozen world. *g* Trampoline jumin, bike ridin, and hidin in the woods is pretty amazing after a long winter.

Tim is driving home from Minot ND today and then we'll be driving
who-knows-how-many hours. WE LOVE HIM!!! :DAnd, me, well I'm starting a new poncho, possibly for a singer that we're going to see *g* (if it turns out ok, this is a new pattern I've never tried, fingers crossed).

Do you know I love making ponchos? (of course you do) Oh and BIG news, *G*
I bleached the front of my hair, ok, big for me.
Here I am, yeah, need a hair cut, but that's me :)

Here's Kyra modeling the new poncho I just finished for her. I think she's learned her modeling techniques from Maddie and Quinn , you guys rock!

That's all for now, see y'all in about 2 weeks. (I'm already saying y'all ;)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Morning walk

We went for a walk this morning. Abbi really was wanting to go, really! *g*

Saddi likes to run and pull and dart, and, and, and....

Kyra decided to bike.

And what's with our obsession with breaking ice?

I don't know what Saddi would do if we moved to a warmer climate *g*
She loves the snow.

Monday, March 19, 2007

We went over to Fargo/Moorhead this past weekend. Visited family and friends, ran some errands (yarn shopping :), and got to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Fargo. We had fun~

My mom (my Irish blood :) Kyra and Kylie
Alec and Emily watching the bagpipes go by

Energy Protection

I get daily OM messages from

I received this one this morning. So relevant to our life. :)

The Art Of Focus
Energy Protection

Many of us are sensitive to energy, so we make our homes a sanctuary and only leave when we have fully prepared ourselves. We may use gemstones, essential oil, or talismans, or perhaps we call on our angels or surround ourselves in a bubble of light. But we should be conscious of what we are seeking to accomplish. It is important to remember that if we want to shield ourselves, we might inadvertently keep out the good that is coming our way. All of our tools can be helpful if we use them wisely and keep ourselves engaged in all the world has to offer.

If we instead seek to filter distractions, than we can be like prospectors panning for gold. We learn to filter when we are children as we learn about the world around us. At first every leaf on the ground is a reason to stop and investigate. But as we learn where to focus our attention, the rest becomes background. We don't cut ourselves off from the world, we merely shift our focus.

As humans, we don't always know what is good for us. Sometimes what appears to be a negative situation contains a gem of wisdom that leads to our highest growth. Rather than focusing our thoughts on what we want to keep out of our experience, we may want to turn the light of our attention to the good we'd like to create while leaving room for something better. By doing this, we allow space for the wisdom of the universe to work its magic on our behalf. If we trust the universe, we know that good is present even if it doesn't look good on the surface. When we shift our focus this way, we actually attract those things into our lives, and the rest falls away without the effort of filtering. By practicing the art of focus, we invest our attention and energy into making our lives a positive experience.


Such truth for me :)

Another gem

from Scott Noelle:

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

:: Feeling Good vs. Being "Right" ::

Want to have a great day? Simply decide that
good is more important than being "right," and
that priority guide every thought, word, and deed
throughout the day.

When being "right" is your priority, you may
the shallow satisfaction of receiving approval,
but it
disconnects you from your Inner Guidance, which
revealed through your emotions.

When feeling good is your priority...

* You choose love, because loving always
feels good.

* You choose connection, because it feels
better than separation.

* You choose forgiveness, because resentment
feels yucky!

* You choose appreciation, because it makes
you feel rich!

* You choose responsibility (not to be
confused with blame), because it feels

See what happens when you take a day off from
being "right" or trying to be a "good" parent.
Let go
of all "shoulds" and let yourself be guided by
pleasure instead.

But don’t settle for the initial, fleeting
pleasure of
rebelling against the shoulds. Keep going... Hold
for the deeper pleasure of connecting with your
Authentic Self.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Things that make you go hmmmm...

Hehe, yeah....

Yesterday Kyra and I went bike riding. Yeah, that's right bike riding in March, in Bemidji MN. :)
It was actually 50 degrees. We biked past the lake and I looked out and saw some vehicles out there. "I wonder which one will go in?" I thought as we biked past the thawed edge of northern Lake Bemidji.

I was gonna get Kyra back there and take a picture of her in front of the lake with the vehicles out there and do a post on the blog, saying: "hmmmm,, something in this picture doesn't look quite right"

every year... yep, every year.

Its 30 today and a chance of snow.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Music theory anyone?

Words that Alec was looking up last night.

-Overture -Intermezzo
-Crescendo -Rhapsody
-Presto -Intermezzo
-Finale -Sforzando

Why? You may ask.
Because they are finishing moves for a character in one of his games that he is playing right now.

The game is called Baten Kaitos and its actually one we've had for a couple of years now. He beat it when we first had it but wanted to play it again. Lately, he's been going through some old favorites of his and replaying them. Some that he played with cheats and now doing them without, others just because there's so much to them.

I remember when we got this one. I actually found out about it on Gamespot, I get their newsletters and they were reviewing it. The reviews raved about the artwork in the game and it had a type of play that was similar to card/dueling type of play. I thought I might even like to play it with him, seeing how beautiful the pictures were that I saw. Well, the game was way over my head, one of the most complex that I had ever seen, but I watched him play it. :)

One evening he even gave me this extensive explanation (with laser pen and big screen *g*) about what he was doing. It was amazing.

Oh.. and the music in it is really pretty too. Reminiscent of Phantom of the Opera with a lot of cool organ music. (we Looove Phantom!)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Exactly where I need to be

My friend Ren brought Amy Steinberg into our lives last year. That in itself was an amazing event. Thank you Ren for that gift. We now have the opportunity to actually hear Amy sing in person!

At the end of this month we'll be driving down to SC, (thank you Lovejoys!) to hear Amy's concert! We'll be right in the comfort of the Lovejoy residence, a backyard concert. This northern MN girl is pretty darn excited to get to sit outside in March (and not freeze) and listen to Amy....*sigh*

We're very excited. Looooove her music and lyrics. Insight galore.

Here's one of our favorite song's lyrics:

i am exactly where i need to be
i need to be exactly where i am
i am a blessing manifest
i can undress the moment
naked time unwinds beneath my mind
and from within i find the kind of beauty
only i can find
i am exactly where i need to be
i need to be exactly where i am
i am surrendering so willingly
to be the perfect me inside this now
and truly how else could it be
destiny she blesses me
when i try to fight or run
i only wind up back at square one
when i think i know what's best for me
fate she takes me back
to exactly where i need to be
i am exactly where i need to be
i need to be exactly where i am
i am divinely timed and shining brightly
yes i believe that there's a purpose just for me
yes i believe that we are light
and we shine infinitely
i am exactly where i need to be
i need to be exactly where i am
i am not aimlessly existing see
i am in perfect harmony with universal energy
and i am truly free when i accept my own divinity
look at me look at me closely
what exactly do you see
if you are paying attention you will now begin ascension of the mind
why, because if you look at me just right you will see a kiss
for it took a kiss to make this breath exist
the intersection of my mother's and father's lips
to touch twist and perfect what came next to produce me
look at me and you will see the breeze
the breeze it took to shake the leaves to make
my mother's hair move, my father dare touch it and say
please may i have a kiss
yes the breeze made me exist
and if you want to get even deeper into this
when you look at me you will see a cloud
the cloud it took to form the storm to shake the leaves to
inspire the liplock - yes a raindrop will pop up out these words
you heard me right
if you look at me close enough you will see a dark stormy night
and what is night without it's polar opposite of sunlight
so if you watch the way my hands sway
you'll see the light of day
and everyday is a testament to the sediment of the earth's core
it's ever spinning enormous force so if you look at me just right
you will see a spark of the source
but the most fascinating thing about this, and it's true
is that if you look at me close enough, you see you
it's only what you perceive how you believe the space between
you and me
that creates reality
so when i sing you can feel it
when i cry you can heal it
when i speak words you can be the words i speak by singing with me
peace love free
peace love free
peace love free
and when i am alone and full of fear
i just remember the rising sun always appears
everyday miracles that i see
well they take me back to exactly where i need to be

Monday, March 05, 2007

Thank you Alec

14 years ago I had my first child.

Thank you Alec, for making me a mom. :)

Thank you Alec, for being you.

Thank you Alec, for leading us to this unschooling life. What an amazing blessing it has been for all of us.

At work...

And at play..

We love you! What a joy you are~

Happy Birthday big guy!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Check this out

OK, we had a lot of fun with this quiz. hehe

Click "play this game" at:

The Impossible Quiz

And may the force be with you :)

More snow and other stuffs

Yep, we're getting more snow. I'm now asking... why did I want snow??? *g* Lot of work walking through a couple feet to dump out the guinea pig cage in the woods.. phew, I'm outta shape!

So we've been doing a lot of inside stuff.

Abbi's loving her ASL (American Sign Language)class that she's taking. Even went in by herself this week, its a community ed class and she's the youngest one there(by a long shot). I think the next one in age would probably be in her mid-20s. She said she had a little bit of stress, they broke up into small groups and of course people on either side of her went into groups and there she sat. (hate it when that happens!) But another group of 2 saw her and invited her to join them so she said it was pretty short lived. :)

Kyra's been having fun on the computer. Skyping with her friends and cousins all over. Playing clubpenguin now and continuing with World of Warcraft too. The other night she created a new outfit for one of her stuffed animals. I was lamenting about getting rid of a favorite pair of socks of mine (ones made by Jill :(, that I've worn so much they are now very holey) Kyra thought she would use them to made this outfit. She's so ingenious! :)
And cute! She loves doing and creating hair styles, this is one of her current favs.

Last night Abbi and Alec conquered Final Fantasy X. I guess the ending is pretty sad. Abbi didn't like it. Playing the game and watching the story progress can really get you into the storyline and involved with the characters. Its like a movie.

I've been doing some more crocheting. Attempted at making some socks since mine are wearing out. I don't know, I think I have to learn to knit. These are my 2 socks. *g*

And I finished another poncho. This one is going to a friend of mine who will remain nameless. Its a surprise. :DOh, and I just have to post this picture because I love it. My 2 first babies :) Alec is gonna be 14 next week! man.....*sigh*