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Loss Remembrance Day 2015

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October 15th is Loss Remembrance Day.
Especially today we remember our 3 Angel Babies waiting to meet us in Heaven.


Prayers of Comfort to All Who Know This Pain.

Remembrance Day

Fall Fun at the Arboretum – Scarecrows!

Taking advantage of a gorgeous “Indian Summer” day here in Minnesota!

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts an annual scarecrow display.  This year’s creations were submitted by local floral design professionals, and they did not disappoint!

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Birthdays are a Good Time for a DNA History Lesson

Birthday Lego Minifigures

It’s Party Time!

This was us 9 years ago, awaiting the arrival of our son – a big 10-pounder!

9 months pregnant - Thanksgiving 2004

After 39 hours of labor and a c-section, we had our boy.
He was so big the nurses dressed him in a 3-6 month sized sleeper – and it fit!

Alex 12-12-2004

We like to tell him the story of how he got revenge on the doctor and nurses for making him wait so long to be born.  After they lifted him out, he piddled on every one of the medical staff in the O.R. (about 6 in all)!  Mommy and Daddy were the only ones unsoiled.  He was literally pissed!  LOL

Here he is now – still a very tall boy.

Santa 2013

Happiest Birthday to my precious boy!  He is our miracle.  We had lost two before he came along (and another one this Spring) likely due to my Hashimoto’s and Celiac conditions.
His birthday is a most joyous occasion, worthy of special celebration.

Birthday Balloons

He has rediscovered Transformers. Cool balloons, huh?

I’m making one of his favorites, Paleo Taco Pockets for dinner.  Trying a new variation by layering the dough and taco meat in bacon-greased muffin tins.  Some greens on the side and dessert of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting (Paleo-ized with ghee and coconut milk, of course!) and cookie dough bon-bons.  Yummy!

Singing “Happy Birthday”.

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On a related note…Just this week, he did a class presentation on his family history.
He learned a lot about where he came from.

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The presentation was on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day.  Here I am holding up the wooden shoes my father brought back from the Netherlands in 1962 while in the Navy.  As my family is from the area bordering the Netherlands, we celebrate by placing wooden shoes out at night for St. Nicholas to leave treats (for good children) or coal.  This pair held a small Lego Christmas Train Kit and a hat.

Window Week Poster (final)

Our son is half German and half Finn.  We recently participated in the National Genographic Project to get our DNA history, and the findings confirm that we are who we think we are.

This is a fascinating project.  Check it out!

Remembrance Day is October 15th

Today is Remembrance Day.  It’s especially important for us this year as Annalise Toi or Maximum Finn would have been arriving this week.

Angels in Heaven

This has been circulating Facebook in recent days.  A friend posted it for me and my family, as we lost what would have been our 4th child at Easter this year.  With our due date of October 19th rapidly approaching, I can’t help but wonder what could have been.

Amen. x3 

This is a tough subject and people don’t talk about it. It is a death in the family. Most people think once you recover physically, it’s all over, but you never forget your angel babies.

Captain Caveman: My Hero!

Happiest 43rd Birthday to my wonderful Husband!

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Even without the costume, you are our Hero!

He’s supported us through it all: in sickness and in health.
Despite his skepticism, he went along with the “Paleo Thing” to help me heal,
and then discovered how good it made him look and feel.

Now he tells anyone who will listen that Paleo is the way to go
if you want to be happy, healthy and hot!  LOL  Go Captain Caveman!

Here’s to many more years together.  Luv U!

It All Started 18 Years Ago Today…

On this day in 1995 I met my husband at a friend’s wedding.
Who knew it would lead us to this?

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We were introduced at a friend’s wedding reception and got together despite the long distance.  In a few months’ time, he moved, and 3 1/2 years later we were married ourselves.

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Valentine’s Day Wedding 1999

Happy Anniversary, Love!

Family Reunion Weekend

Just returned from a Family Reunion in Chetek, Wisconsin.

It was nice to visit with everyone, especially with the recent loss of a beloved uncle.  One of the cousins owns a cabin on the lake and hosted the event.  Along with the usual water and lawn activities, we were entertained by Bald Eagles flying overhead and fishing the lake.

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Chetek is a cute little town where everything is closed by 5pm except the bars, restaurants and gas stations (even the coffee house shut down at 4:30!)  There’s also an old-fashioned 50’s-style corner diner!

The local Rod ‘n’ Gun shop was a hit with Hubby and Son.

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Good thing we don’t have a hitch on our car or… 

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We lived on the lake in Duluth for 6 years, so I’m done with launching and maintaining these.

With so many relatives attending, we decided to stay at a local resort.  Hubby went all out and got us the Waterfall Hot Tub Suite, located 20 feet from the Tiki Bar.

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Yup, that’s a real waterfall right there.

The views from our room and patio:

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Our Labrador was thrilled to be on the water again. She has never forgiven us for moving off the lake.

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A blue heron enjoying the morning quiet.

So what about the (Paleo) food?  Well, it turns out we had to bring ALL of our edibles with us.  I called ahead to the resort’s restaurant and asked if they had any gluten-free options on the menu.

“No.”

OK.  So can any items be modified, avoiding cross-contamination?

“No.”

So I spent Friday morning grilling grass-fed burgers and steak, frying tortillas and nightshade-free taco meat, and gathering fruits and veggies for side dishes and snacks.  And as most gatherings go, the only gluten- and dairy-free options were the fruit and veggie platters.  But truth be told, we ate better than everyone else!  (We just had to transport and store all of it.)

We’ll be doing it all over again in two years.  Lessons learned?

  • Don’t even think about getting a room anywhere near a Tiki Bar (a lack of sleep is decidedly NON-Paleo!)
  • Do the cooking a full day in advance.  It was cutting it close the morning of the trip – that meat needs enough time to chill for transport.  Same goes for any Paleo baked goods such as tortillas.
  • Bring some warm clothes even if the forecast is for hot weather – we forgot about the evening firepit, and Saturday was windy and cold despite the sunny forecast.
  • Do leave the phone chargers at home (as we did) to really unplug.
  • Maybe rent a larger vehicle?!  LOL  Oh wait…that might have a hitch…cancel that.
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Family Pic for the album