Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter at the Cabin

We had guests join us at the cabin for Easter weekend, Martin's former colleague and friend David and his son Ian. We were so lucky with the weather, finally a warm sunny weekend. It was still cold enough to build a fire in the evenings, but warm enough to run around outside in the day.

First, we prepped. The boys helped unload our firewood delivery.

Then we played. Our neighbor Ethan came over, and the boys played outside for a couple of hours. Then they came inside and played Team Battleship. After he left, the boys settled into the couch and played in their respective electronics.

Saturday morning at the park. Ian tried to meditate, but in the end everyone got dizzy.

Lilli just looked on (although we're not sure how much she can see through all that extra fur).

On Saturday, we went into Three Oaks and took a tour of Journeyman Distillery. The boys were moderately entertained by the tour (although it's the third time through for my kids), but they were happy to just sit in the restaurant and play.


We took a walk to the beach with Lilli.

Easter dinner (which was extremely delayed due to a very long cooking ham).

It was almost too cold for s'mores. But not quite.

Still life of s'more set up (including leftovers of ham dinner).

Coloring eggs.

Hunting for treasures.

 Easter breakfast with bonus bunny ears.

David and Ian left after breakfast, and we just hung around the cabin, soaking up the warm weather.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Visting the pet store with Louie.

Homemade crepes.

Pokemon cards.

Portal assistance from David.

Brotherly love at the Botanic Garden.

Field Museum.

Hong Huah for lunch.

St. Patrick's Day breakfast.

Leprechauns on the bus.

A few small repairs...

Bonus: flat tire.

Lilli's new look, or: Alternative Use of Martin's Life is Good t-shirt. 

Lego animation class at our homeschool coop.

First bike ride of the season.

Parking the bikes at Bang Bang Pie shop...

Finally made it to Huck Finn's  in Bridgeport for breakfast.

And for donuts...

Bridgeport Arts Center.

Lake walk.

New haircut.

Chain maille tutorial.

Lilli's 3rd Birthday.

Beekeeper's uniforms.

New clay class at Penguin Foot Pottery.

Max and Glo.

Fun with filters.

Mandolin practice.

Breakfast with Mozart.

Waiting in line at Hot Doug's.

Weekend walk.

To Tennessee!

The boys and I took a quick but fun road trip to Tennessee to visit my parents. We had the mission of picking up and bringing back two packages of bees to install in our beehive, but we also wanted to see my parents, get a chance to hold a few of their new little chickens, and run around in the warm Tennessee sunshine.

It was only two days, but we managed to do a lot. We worked in the studio both days, one day throwing on the wheel, and the next adding handles or texture to our pieces.

My dad had another beekeeper help him divide one of his current hives.

The studio and chicken house in the early spring.

Bees ready for travel.

It rained for at least 6 hours of our drive home, but we made it safe and sound.

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