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Last Saturday night, we took the boys to the Coldplay concert in Minneapolis. It was amazing! At one point, there where fireworks, cannons shooting confetti, big balloons in the crowd, people dancing around in the aisles…everyone having an amazing time! If you added foam it would have been a college party!

We were all given bracelets that lit up to the beat of the music. Check out the glow of the bracelets in the background.

On Sunday, we went shopping at the Mall of America. Not as much enthusiasm as the night before.

Needless to say, we were all exhausted by the time we headed home and the car ride was pretty quiet for Jason, our driver!



Warning: Political Post

Jack has a mini Lego figure named President Business. He is from the Lego movie. In the movie President Business wants to take over the world with his business and has divide everyone by building walls around different groups of people (aka: the Western Legos, the Mid-evil Legos, The Ocean Legos, The City Legos ).

Does he remind you of anyone?
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In the movie there is a mini figure named Emmet.
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Emmet stops President Business from taking over the world, encouraged him to stop building walls and then helped him tear down the walls between the different groups.

I shared this post with Jack and he said,
“I hope there’s an Emmet to stop all that’s going on in the world.”

Me too.

And then we talked about how he (and we) could all be Emmets.

School Talk…


Jack is heading into sixth grade (sniff) which is the first year of middle school.  Sam sat Jack down to give him some tips about his school supplies and other important Middle School information.

  1. Never open a pack of gum in a crowd. Everyone will want a piece.
  2. If someone wants lead for their pencil, say, “No.” If you say yes, they won’t stop asking you for lead.
  3. Carry your locker combo with you, but never share it. People will get in your locker and mess with your stuff.
  4. Keep you schedule with you at all times, but scribble out your locker combination if you are going to share your schedule.
  5. I’ll go with you when you get your schedule and show you around…been there done that. (Love!)

I think this is all very wise advice. Especially number one.



Sam cleaned out his backpack from last year. Yep. He hasn’t taken anything out of his backpack since the last day of school.

While cleaning it out he says, “I found socks in here!”
Me: Sam that is so GROSS!
Sam: I know! And they aren’t even mine!


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I am so happy to announce that I have gotten all of Jack’s track pictures (from this season) into a scrapbook!! Yay Me!! The extra bonus was that I caught Jack checking out his scrapbook!

Sam wandered in and started checking out his school book!

That is why I scrapbook, so the boys can enjoy memories for years! Which I know they will for years, because I made them promise that they will keep my scrapbooks forever…even after I am gone.

Rocky Mountain High

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Sam spent five days last week in Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA Camp with 110 kids from our church and a total of 3200 kids at the retreat! He loved every minute of it…so much so, that he slept 19 hours the entire time his was gone. (kids)

On Friday night I dropped him off at the charter buses. We both got out and he said, “Wait. Are you walking me up?”
Me: Of course!
Sam: Seriously. Mom. You don’t need to.
Me: Really? Are you sure?
Sam: Yes, mom. I think I can do this on my own.
Me: Ok.

So I gave him a big hug, took a quick pictures and off he went on his adventure.

When I got home, I shared this with Jason, but added that this has been our goal as parents..that they boys have the confidence and ability to do things on their own, independently without us. Even though it made my heart strings tug a bit, that is exactly what Sam did that night and  I couldn’t be more proud of his independence and confidence and spreading his wings to fly…on his own.