Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Helena's Medium Flute

Yesterday was a big day for Jonathan, but it was also
a big day for Helena.  This was the day she got her
medium flute.  It's just the same size as a standard
flute, but with a curved head joint.

She was just a little excited :)

One of the perks of living with your teacher is that you
get help with tuning and set-up immediately.
The new flute surely made practice time fun today!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy 20th Birthday, Jonathan!

Jonathan chose a peanut butter cheesecake for his birthday.  As usual, Emily did a fantastic job on the cake.  It looks just a bit yummy!

Being a horn player, Jonathan made quick work
of the candles and decorated half the table with wax :)

As usual, another silly moment.  The "Chris/Kris" team
had to be absent from the party.  :(

Happy Birthday Jonathan!
We love you!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Last Chance…..

So…today was it and I nearly missed it.
This was the last day I would have five teen guys.

Tomorrow Jonathan will ruin it by turning 20.
For a few more hours we have Benjamin-13, Matthew-18,
Christopher-14, Jonathan-19, and Andrew-16.

Providentially, he gets to enjoy his birthday with a day off too!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ladies on the Road…Again

So…the ladies are traveling again.

It appears to be considerably nicer where they are 
than here at home :)

Matthew's First Flight Video

Well, I finally managed to get Matthew's flight lesson
video edited and published.  Life has been rather full
this week...

Unfortunately, owing to typical U.P. weather all other
scheduled lessons have been canceled so far.  
Patience in practice here :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Matthew's First Flight - Preflight Check

So…the big day finally arrived for Matthew.

For his first lesson, a good amount of time was given
to learning the pre-flight checks that must be done.

His instructor showed him all around the aircraft.

Checking out the engine

Flaps and more flaps

Then it was time to do the cockpit checklist

Almost ready to fly!
I'll finish this tomorrow….hopefully :)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

First Snow

Friday began as a crisp fall day with lots of beautiful
leaves still on the trees in back.

Late morning….here came the snow clouds.

Toward lunch time…here came the snow!

On Saturday morning we just had a little skiff on the

We had more snow Saturday evening and into the night.

Sunday morning we woke to this beautiful scene.
It won't last, of course, but we'll enjoy it while it does.
We're expecting temps back in the 50's tomorrow.
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Playing for the Preschool

Recently, we found some time to load up and head
over to church to play for the preschool tykes.

Some of them were even brave enough to come up
and give it a try for themselves.

Kristin brought along a "little cello" so they could
test drive an instrument that was just their size.
Pretty soon, almost all of them were getting brave
and wanting to try.

It was really fun to see their smiling faces and to hear
the teachers comments.
(They asked us if we could come every day at nap time;)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Perfect Place for Kristin

Kristin found the perfect place to live…

…and it's even spelled correctly!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Trying Out the New Boat

So…Christopher got a new boat...

…and he and Andrew can actually squeeze in it together.

Just thought this was a cool pic

Off they go to investigate our creek--this will definitely
be some great fun!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Fun

Our ladies really enjoy riding and this time
they took Helena with them.

She was very happy to meet KarKar

Kristin rode Rainey...

…and Emily rode KarKar.

Finally, Helena even got to ride Roman.
She is hooked!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Best buddies

Helena and James are seldom far apart and look
lost when the other is absent.

These pictures show them enjoying quiet activities
together, but they aren't always quite so quiet :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Birthday x 2

For the first time we had to have a combined birthday
celebration--we just couldn't get "the bigs' " schedules to
coordinate any other way.

Kristin chose a delicious apple pie for her
birthday treat.  Happy 22 Kristin!

Kristin also got to help decorate Helena's cake….

…along with Emily.

They made her a barn cake to celebrate her birthday.
Happy 11 Helena!

Our two birthday gals:

Kristin enjoyed sharing her birthday with Christopher.  The sentiment of the moment was just too much for Matthew :)                                                    

Helena enjoyed sharing her birthday with Jonathan.
She has realized that big brothers are great fun for climbing
on, rides, playing games, etc.  I always wanted one of
these as a little girl--I'm glad she has one.

After the celebration we stuffed everyone on  a couch (sans mom and dad).

And just in case you thought we were able to stay serious...

…you were wrong!

Happy birthday ladies, we love you both!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

U.P. Beauty

The past few weeks have been rather full--perhaps over full.
Last night, however, we were able to enjoy the
most amazing sunset.  It just seemed to change minute by minute.

Though pictures can't do it justice, imagine being outside with the
crisp fall air, (okay it was about 40), and seeing these colors displayed
for you.  Breathtaking!