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Time for a change

As mentioned here in the last few posts, my space upgrade expired and I did not renew. I have decided to change up the blog, and have set up our new blog home over at La casa de Durso. Come on over and check it out!

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The next generation

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Today the kids and I drove down to Roscoe to visit with my friend Sarah, who is in from New York with her kids, Abbi and Ethan; and Roxanne and her son Ryder. Peyton, Ryder and Ethan were all born within a couple months of each other. Abbi is about a year younger than Allie. So it was fun having all the kids together to play! Its funny to see little kids meet each other either for the first time or if they don’t remember meeting before. They all stay kind of separate for a while but then warm up to each other.

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It was nice to reconnect with Roxanne and Sarah. I am being reminded so much lately of the value of good friends! We were in high school and girl scouts together. I do need to bring the kids down more often to get together with Ryder and me with Roxanne! I have so many good friends but I have been bad at staying connected with them.

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And of course its so fun if our kids can become as good friends as us!


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Cows on the Concourse

We haven’t been to Cows on the Concourse for a couple years, so I’m really glad we could go today! Cows on the Concourse is an event for June dairy month where cows are brought downtown and you can get up close and personal! I remember Allie’s delight when we stumbled on this at the Farmers Market when Allie was about 1 and a half. We have tried to go every year. They have a bunch of different dairy-themed activities, but we were only interested in the cows.
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When were were done looking at the cows, we started to walk to the car, but then decided the check out the rooftop at Monona Terrace. And then of course I wondered… how have we lived in Madison nine years and never gone up here??
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What a great Saturday!


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School’s out!

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Last Tuesday was Allie’s last day of school. The kids had fun playing an obstacle course and having ice cream. Allie is excited for going to Bridget’s all summer and then a new school in the fall. Oregon has two elementary schools and we won’t know which one Allie will go to until July.
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And here’s the first day of school! Allie was so nervous about school. She didn’t want to go and she complained about the bus for the first few days. But then she made a few friends and decided school wasn’t so bad. She still says every once in a while that she is nervous about kindergarten, and we tell her its OK to be nervous. I think she is excited too. She will have some old friends in her new class and she will make new ones!


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Trying my hand at gardening

I finally got my garden planted this week! It took about a week and a half to get from weeds to planted, and I am so excited to see how it goes!

Here is the before picture, when weeds still dominated.
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I got two tomato plants, one cucumber, one cilantro and one basil. Bottom right plant is Allie’s sunflower that she planted at the school scavenger hunt a couple weeks ago. I put those in the garden too!
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This is after the weeding.
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And my helper… for a little while anyway. She wasn’t too interested after I started digging, except to tell me where she wanted me to put the plants.
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Dada took some action shots.
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I really have enjoyed putting the work into this project so far!
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AboveĀ is the finished side with plants. I did the plants last Sunday. Then I did the sunflowers and seeds on Tuesday. Below is the complete garden, but you can’t tell because the seeds are buried and the sunflowers are so small!
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The seeds I planted were green beans, carrots, kale and squash. I had gotten watermelon seeds, but realized they need a lot of space so I didn’t plant those. I may try to clear out another spot in the ground somewhere to plant those. I have read that they are very easy to grow!

I am not too sure how its doing so far. All the plants have yellow leaves. Maybe from transplanting? I have been watering daily, so hopefully they will perk up. The leaves have some holes too, not sure if there are bugs? I had an idea for a fence that didn’t work, so we don’t have a fence yet. But a fence won’t keep bugs away, so hopefully that isn’t anything. I hope no critters disrupt my plants. The one plant I can tell is doing well are the sunflowers. Those have gotten bigger since I put them in the ground. I remember planting sunflowers as a kid and I never saw one to huge sunflower stage, so I hope these grow big!
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The seed packets all say there should be sprouts within 7 to 10 days, so hopefully by next weekend. Weeds come up so fast though, I am not sure if I should weed until I know I have plants coming up. I don’t want to accidentally pull a plant!


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Brilliant combo: Painting and wine!

What a crazy week! There has been so much going on, and not enough time to post it all. I am posting it all tonight though, because my extra storage on the blog is expiring either tomorrow or Monday and I’m not renewing it. So get ready for pictures…

Last Saturday I went down to Rockford to celebrate my sister Jeni’s birthday. She has a painting and wine party and it was so much fun!
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Sisters! Me, Jeni and Johanna. Jocelyn couldn’t make it. šŸ˜¦
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Getting ready to start! Painting and wine are a great combo.
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My finished background. I had a lot of fun with this part. It was very thick, so it had to be put outside to dry faster.
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We traced the main part of the picture in order to paint it. Can you tell what it is?
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Birthday girl at work.
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And me at work! I did take a few painting classes as a kid. I had no artistic talent (still don’t), but I did enjoy it, and I enjoyed it last weekend!
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All the artists at work.
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Jeni’s husband, Dave.
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Finished products!
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Group shot. Its cool to see how everyone varied on the painting. I would definitely do this again! I still need to hang my painting up somewhere in the house.


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On to kindergarten

Who is that big girl in these pictures??
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Who told her she could grow up?
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I guess there was nothing we could do, it was going to happen eventually.
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Tonight was Allie’s 4K graduation ceremony.
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Looking at these pictures, I am struck by the difference now compared to the beginning of school.
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Allie was so shy and we didn’t know how she would adjust.
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Tonight she was so confident and happy, saying hi to all her friends and walking in like she owned the place.
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The ceremony was short and sweet, which is good because there was just enough to keep Peyton occupied.
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Peyton enjoyed coloring on Mama’s phone and clapping.
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Teachers made some speeches…
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… kids sang some songs…
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… and they got their diplomas!
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It was so cute.
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But we’re not quite done yet… Allie still has 4 more days of school!
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She was so excited! It was hard to get her to stay still for a picture.
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We got a niceĀ family picture with the lovely graduate.
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And with Bridget and Gianna!
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And on we go to kindergarten!
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I’m so proud of my big strong brave girl! She tells us every once in a while that she’s nervous about kindergarten, but I think she will do great.