“I’m going to Duluth!”

Last weekend we went up to Duluth, MN to take a train ride from Duluth to Two Harbors.  It’s only about 20-30 minutes away by car but by train it was two hours.  It was a sightseeing trip and really fun.  We stopped in Two Harbors for a couple hours for lunch and whatever you wanted to do.  After lunch, we decided to walk on the shore of Lake Superior and look for agates (well I did) and the boys threw stones into the water.




We stayed overnight at the Edgewater Resort so the kids could swim at the water park.


The next day we stopped at Enger Park, suggested by my MIL.  It was a beautiful park up on the area known as Miller Hill, above the city.  Great views, beautiful gardens and a tower you could climb up known as Enger Tower.


We walked down a path that led to a park called Twin Ponds, because, well, it had two ponds.  What a pretty little park too!





If you ever visit Duluth, I would highly recommend seeking out this park.  It was so pretty.  I love visiting Duluth!

Thank you, Great Spirit.

How Do I Have a Teenager?

We had a special celebration this weekend!  I am now the mother of a teenager.  My son was counting down the days until he was no longer “a kid”.  Sorry, son, but you’re still a kid.  And in my eyes you’ll always be my baby.

Since mom hasn’t been feeling too well the last couple weeks, we had a quiet family celebration at home.  Next weekend he’s having a party with his friends and we’re inviting the rest of the family over to celebrate becoming a teenager.


My son loves Tiramisu and that was his cake of choice.  As always, I cut a piece off and put the candles on that piece so no one’s spitting all over the cake before every one else eats it.  :-)


I put flowers on the altar at church in honor of his birthday.  Our pastor announced that we had a new teenager at service and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him.

Let’s hope the teenage years are kind to mom!

Thank you, Great Spirit.

National Pancake Day

Today is National Pancake Day, at least according to IHOP.   This isn’t a sponsored post.  I was just curious about the origin of National Pancake Day and discovered pancakes have also played a role in traditions preceding Lent.  Somehow, IHOP must have adopted this particular date for National Pancake Day.

Apparently, pancakes were commonly eaten by many Christians on Shrove Tuesday, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, as a way to prepare for Lent by using up dairy products that were forbidden to be eaten during Lent.  Pancakes also go back to Pagan traditions as their round shape symbolized the sun and were eaten to receive power, light and warmth from the sun, celebrating the coming of spring.  Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday” also originated as a way to prepare for Lent by eating fat, rich foods before the fasting rituals of Lent.



I like pancakes but I don’t LOVE them or crave them very often.  When I do eat pancakes I like them with fruit such as strawberries or blueberries.

I make pancakes at home and will throw in frozen blueberries or chocolate chips or cake decorating sprinkles.  My husband and kids like them with the sweet stuff in them.  My kids then eat them without any syrup which is probably good since they’re already eating extra sugar in the chips and sprinkles.  However, my husband dumps syrup and powdered sugar over his already sugar studded pancakes.  I just cringe watching him prepare his pancakes.

What’s your favorite way to eat pancakes?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Too Short

I’m exhausted, I feel like crap and I literally can’t function today.  How’s that for a happy Monday?  I try to stay positive but I just can’t do it today.  Staying home and in bed even though there is so much I want to do and have to do.  I hope your week is starting off better!

too short

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Friday Fragments – A Controversy

Stop by Half-Past Kissin’ Time and visit Mrs. 4444 and the other folks who link up to Friday Fragments.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

~~Cub Scouts is wrapping up for our home this weekend as my youngest son will become a Boy Scout.  The Blue and Gold ceremony is Sunday, where the Webelos II  scouts (the highest level Cub Scout) cross over to their Boy Scout troop.  They receive their Arrow of Light badges, which is the highest honor badge for Cub Scouts, which will carry over to their Boy Scout uniform.  The Webelos II den leader (me) and parents have to plan the Blue and Gold ceremony.  We’re going to serve tacos and cake, watch a magician and then have the crossing over ceremony.  My role as a den leader will be done!  Yeah!!!

arrow of light

~~My oldest son attended a school organized environmental center trip this week.  Each year,  the 7th graders go up to northern Minnesota for 2 nights and 3 days for learning and fun in the outdoors.  My youngest son will also be going in the spring for a week, as every 5th grader does in our district.  They always have a great time.  Unfortunately, we’ve had a very cold streak this week and the temperature has been hovering around -30 degrees, up north, for the lows.  However, the center is cautious about safety and will shorten activities when needed.  He comes home tonight!  It’s been pretty quiet around here without him.  I know his little brother misses him too.

~~ Have you all seen the debate about the color of the dress?  How weird is that and where the heck did that come from?  The internet is strange.  I totally see yellow and white but could see how the white might look a little blue-ish or black-ish.  What do you see?



~~It’s Girl Scout cookie time!  We have our usual Girl Scouts, daughters of friends, that we buy from.  We usually buy extra and freeze some too.  My favorite is the Trefoil.  I could eat a whole box of these at one sitting!  What’s your favorite?


~~This has been a long ass week.  I’m so ready for the weekend.  Enjoy yours!

~~Now let’s go back to the dress.  Here’s an update someone posted of the dress.  Totally looks blue and black to me here.  I just don’t get it!  Was the first photo purposely altered to create this controversy?


Lindsay Maden

  What colors did you see?

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?

Thank you, Great Spirit.