Pine Tree Island

Our house is on a corner that is structured like a cul-de-sac. In the center of the cul-de-sac is a big pine tree that the neighborhood kids have fun playing in.

Rose climbing the pine tree.

Late Summer Happenings

Lucia’s first time going off the diving board.
Susan and Shelly in Shelly’s classic car.
We went to a Des Moines Menace playoff game. They lost on PKs.
We went to a car show.
We decorated the sidewalk.
We went for a walk along the Des Moines river while Mari was at soccer tryouts.
Making bracelets was a popular activity this summer.
I was a referee at Keeper Wars, a goalie competition.
The kids made our foam float into a slide for the pool.
The girls played in the creek on a walk with Susan.
We got a cool volleyball net for the pool.
We went for a hike at Greenwood Park.
Rose, Lucia, and I went to the state fair.
Andrew and Susan went to Eatery A for a final meal. College departure is close.
Boy Cousins. They had a final weekend together, spending the night and doing some fun activities.
Mari’s soccer season started, with a new club. She is in the white.
We got a new couch.
8/16 – We had the Liesses and Reagens over for one last dinner before Andrew and Ian head off to college.

AFC Championship Game

Cincinnati’s NFL team, the Bengals, have been on an historic run this year in the playoffs. Today they won the AFC championship game, which means they are headed to the Super Bowl on Feb 13.

We have made Skyline dip for every playoff game and already have the supplies for the Super Bowl.
Lining up for the game-winning field goal.
And it’s good – Bengals win and are headed for the Super Bowl.


It has been a quiet start to the new year. We enjoyed a lovely snow on New Year’s Day, but things have been quiet because of COVID.

Rose – Free to roam about the world.
Lucia – Free to roam about the world.
Elliot – Free to roam about the world.
Mari – Day 7
Andrew – Free to roam about the world.
Rob – Free to roam about the world, but a little tired still.
Susan – Free to roam about the world, but a little tired still.

Happy Winter Solstice!

We celebrated the solstice with a fire and s’mores. Susan found some nice readings for dinnertime and around the fire. It was rather chilly, so we didn’t stay out too long.

Susan and Rob

Candle making

For the past couple of years Susan and Mari have tried their hands at being candle makers. They use old candle containers, odd jars, bees wax, and essential oils.