Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Pumpkins... the patch.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homecoming 2014

 It is hard to believe Emma is a senior and this was her 4th and final homecoming dance.  She made the most of her evening by filling it with fantastic friends and loads of fun.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shamrock Pride...

Finn looks mighty handsome in his green gear and he is a proud member of the his high school's varsity soccer team. This is quite a huge honor for a freshman and proves that hard work pays off!  We are so proud of our shamrock!

Change of Seasons...

 The onset of autumn always inspires me in the kitchen.  I was more than delighted to welcome back these sweet potato dumplings with sage butter, chilies, crispy shallots and pumpkin seeds.  Oh yum.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lordy Lordy...

...its time for a self-portrait at FORTY!
Sure I am a little thrown by the amount of time, mascara and natural light it takes to get myself photo ready these days, but I am growing to love my annual self-portrait tradition.  On a birthday where it feels most appropriate to gift yourself reading glasses and a mammogram it is nice to feel pretty for a moment.  Happy birthday to me!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pretty Things Around My House...

Sometimes I wonder if my  guests notice all the little details that go into one of my dinner parties, but things like these little floral arrangements always bring a smile to my face.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6 Months Old...

...and ready to roll!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Images of My Favorite Dancer...

Thanks to Lisa Bradly Green for capturing Emma doing what she loves best!

A Rarity...

For some reason we never manage to get a picture of all four of us together, but we managed to get one at the end of the infinity room during our tour of the House on the Rock while we were on our Klassy Kamping adventure.
To say the House on the Rock was fascinatingly bizarre would be a huge understatement; taking a tour should be on everyone's bucket list for sure.  Built by architect Alex Jordan, the House on the Rock opened to the public for tours in 1959.  The house itself is dank and sightly depressing with the disjointed rooms overflowing  with stained glass light fixtures and loads of carpeting.   As you can see the kids got comfortable in the main living room...
 After touring the main house we passed through the massive rooms housing expansive collections of  Jordan's doll houses, marionettes, musical instruments, jewels, guns and everything in between. At one point Finn said he felt like he was trapped in the mind of someone who was totally insane.   Emma felt conflicted;  she felt like she really wanted the tour to be over, but somehow still wanted it to go on forever.  The place brings up some strange emotions!

We toured the streets of yesterday before making our way to the carousel room where flying mannequins line the ceiling and hundred of chandeliers give twirling empty carousel a truly eerie vibe.
Taking a closer look at the "animals" making the rounds on the indoor merry-go-round revealed an 
even deeper level oddity. Nothing like a naked woman transforming into a horse at the knees. Yikes!
The House on the Rock
5754 State Road 23, Spring Green, WI 53588
(608) 935-3639

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Exploring Taliesin...

Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin proved to be one of the highlights of my summer.  Wright began construction on Taliesin in  1911 and the home was in a constant state of renovation and change until Wright passed away in 1959.  The estate, whose name means shining brow in Welsh, stands as an example of ongoing architectural experiment that made Wright's work unique and unforgettable.  Sadly the home's history is tainted by two tragic fires and a gruesome mass murder, but remains a school of architecture to this very day with students working preserve this iconic 30,000 square foot estate. Simply fascinating.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Klassy Kamping...

We have been looking forward to our Klassy Kamping outing more than I can even say, but we ended up having a pretty sick young man on our hands that forced us to shift course after one night in the tent.  Thankfully we were able to keep the Finnman warm and dry at a nearby hotel and managed to participate in most of the remaining klassy kamping fun. 
 Klassy Kamping Culinary 101:  
Setting the tone with a batch of Grandma Helen's olive balls and a big ole' pot of chili
Klassy Kamping Fashion Design 101: 
There is no such thing as too many glow sticks.
Klassy Kamping Culinary 200: 
 Breakfast hors d'oeuvres in liquid form

Klassy KampingTheatrical Production 300: 
Pyrotechnics displays made easy by cooking bacon in the rain

Klassy Kamping Education 310: 
Rainy day reminder...Uno knows no age limits

Klassy Kamping Geography 400: 
New Glarus, WI: where beer, friends and strangers make everything better.

Klassy Kamping Life Lessons 101:
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
Tennessee Williams

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