Ski, Sun, Snow Storm

Mike and the kids spent Saturday skiing at Mont du Lac and Sunday skiing at Chester Bowl.  The final ski race of the season was on Sunday afternoon.  Sophia had two great runs and finished fourth out of seventeen racers in her age category.

Sophia posed with Julie, her American girl doll, wearing their ski gear following the races.

Julie & Sophia

Mike finished the final test in his ski patrol certification last week.  He passed the toboggan test and is now an official National Ski Patrol.  We are very proud of you!!

Sebastian & The Ski Patrol

We had another amazing sunrise this morning.  The small black spots are birds.

Follow The Light

The weather forecast is calling for several inches of snow over the next 24 hours.  I hope they are wrong.  If not, perhaps we will have snowstorm photos later this week.

Week In Review

A quick recap of our week and a few gratuitous photos…

My Valentine’s bouquet still has blossoms.  The irises finished last week, but the lilies are still blooming.  Here is one of the stargazer lilies a few days ago.

Stargazer Lily
Close Up

The ice in the harbor made an unusual pattern last week.

Ice Pattern
Fenced In

The kids enjoyed a week off from school during their winter break last week.  They spent three days with some old daycare friends.  Mike and I took the other two days off from work to make for a long weekend with the kids.  We spent Thursday skiing and enjoyed a night away from home by using a gift certificate for a local hotel (with a pool for the kids, of course).

Ski Team 1
Ski Team II

Sophia had a playdate with a good friend on Saturday.  They built a snowman in the front yard.

Building A Snowman

Sunday was spent at Chester Bowl.  Mike was volunteering as a ski patrol while Sophia competed in her first ski race of the season.  Sebastian wasn’t feeling well, but came with to help cheer her on.

Down Hill
Friendly Competition

There was a near full moon on Sunday night.  I was with Sebastian while we took Daphne for a walk.  The moon was golden while it was rising up from the lake.  This is what it looked like by the time we got back to the house.


Yesterday’s sunrise was quite beautiful.  I wish I had been down by the lake taking photos.  Instead, I stood outside my front door in my bathrobe snapping a few pictures before I got too cold and had to go inside.

Tuesday Sunrise
Multitude of Colors

These ducks have been hanging around in open water near the slip bridge at the harbor.

Winter Ducks
Perfect Landing
Cool Swim
Headed For Open Water
Iced In

Mike just informed me that it is after ten o’clock and time to wrap it up.  My alarm at 5:30am comes way too soon.  Until next time.

Daylight Savings Time & Weekend Recap

Daylight savings time is always a little difficult.  You lose an hour of sleep.  It’s still dark when you get up in the morning.  On the flip side, the extra light in the evening is really nice after a long day at work.  We can go for family walks and get our dog, Daphne, outside.  And once again we are able to watch the sun come up before we head off to school and work.

Sunny Day
Colorful Sunrise


Mike and Sebastian went to the Timberwolves game at the Target Center last Friday.  Mike’s brother gave them the tickets and they couldn’t refuse – Timberwolves vs. Lakers, how can you say no?  They arrived early and Sebastian solicited autographs from some of the players.

Target Center
Happy Fans


They watched a great game with the Timberwolves leading for a good portion of the evening.  The Timberwolves did not win, but made it an exciting match until the very end.

While the boys were at the Wolves game, Sophia and I went to see the UMD Bulldogs during the first round of the WCHA playoffs.  Sophia decided to put a Bulldog tattoo on her cheek and I made signs for her to hold up during the game.

Go Dogs!
I "Heart" Kenny (The Goalie)
Face Off


We also saw a fun game with excitement until the very end.  The Bulldogs scored an empty net goal in the final seconds to win 4-2.



We watched more sports on Saturday when Sebastian played his final basketball game of the year.  Sebastian scored seven points and had several rebounds and assists.  We had a special fan join us to watch the game.  Papa Tom came up from the Twin Cities to see him play.

Sunday was spent skiing at Spirit Mountain with Papa Tom.  The snow that we had received the week before was melting fast in the near 60 degree temperatures.  We enjoyed the sunny, warm weather on the slopes and ate lunch outside on the deck.

View From The Chalet
Ski Team
Ready To Hit The Slopes...Again


We had every intention to take a picture with the five of us, but ended the day without snapping a group photo.  We will have to ski together again next season so that we get one with Papa Tom on the slopes at age 70 along with the four of us.