Monthly Archives: August 2011

Out of Office

Okay, so I don’t really have an office, but I’m sure that the few of you who have been checking have noticed that I have been MIA the last couple of weeks. August has been an insanely busy month. Seriously… I am tired just thinking about all that has happened. We have literally been out […]

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adrienne w - August 31, 2011 - 10:06 am

Ah, I love it!! That is a stylish outfit, by 90′s standards. I believe had something very similar going on! The crocheted vests were so cool. My most awkward picture was Grade 8. I had braces and very uncool round glasses and long stringy hair. I don’t miss those days one bit!

Camille - August 31, 2011 - 11:16 am

I see a lot of Gabe in this photo…in a good way.

kara - August 31, 2011 - 12:18 pm

I want to see the picture Adrienne :). Thank you for validating my coolness :).
Camille,
If that is the case… poor Gabe :).

Travel Tunes

This has been a month of family, travel, exhaustion, and fun. I will jump back on the blogging band wagon more in a week or so, but I was just wondering who people listen to on their ipods in their cars when they travel. My music on my playlists varies a lot, but  on any […]

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Amanda N. - August 26, 2011 - 11:47 pm

I’ve listened to more Little Mermaid than I care to this summer, but other than that…my kids like rolling in the deep as well. And that song that says, “tonight, tonight….something, something all over the world” — maybe? I’m not good with lyrics. Can’t think of any others at the moment.

adrienne w - August 29, 2011 - 8:36 am

Our travel music always includes a bit of everything. Usually U2 and Depeche Mode, the Beatles (which was our traveling music growing up), plenty of various country music, Les Miserables, sometimes Peter, Paul and Mary and Neil Diamond (which was Denver’s family’s traveling music growing up)and a little random Hip Hop and R&B. The kids often pick the Mamma Mia and Hairspray soundtracks. If I’m driving, I have to be able to sing along.

kara - August 31, 2011 - 8:11 am

Amanda,
Do you sing a long to the little mermaid?
Adrienne,
Nice mix… it would make sense that you would have an eclectic mix as well. I would listen to all of that music as well!

Lake of the Woods Family Reunion-2011

  We had an amazing time at staying in cabins at Lake of the Woods for the Edgar/Olsen reunion. Here are a few of the highlights: Scott and Connor sword fighting at the talent show. I spent a lot of time holding this sweet gal. She pretty much wants her mama all of the time. […]

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Amber S. - August 23, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Were you guys at Camp Esther Applegate? I’d heard you guys were at Lake of the Woods and actually wondered if I’d run into you since my family was camping up there for the weekend.

juliette - August 24, 2011 - 1:12 am

It looks beautiful there! I must go.
Will you please adopt me as a cousin so I can join your zany crew? I have lots of cousins but they mostly live in Florida. Nobody really camps in Florida.

Sam - August 24, 2011 - 6:49 am

Man I miss you guys. We will DEFINITELY have to make a trip up there next summer. Love you and miss you.

Mondisa - August 24, 2011 - 8:33 am

Looks like you all had a blast! :)

Shelli - August 24, 2011 - 12:41 pm

This makes me miss you all already!! What great photos!!!! So much fun!!!!

kara - August 24, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Amber, we were at Camp Esther Applegate. You guys should have joined us and used the canoes!!
Juliette,
You can join our zany crew. What’s 4 more people when you have almost 50??
Sam,
It would be so awesome if you guys could do that next year if we can get reservations to the camp.
Mondisa,
It was the funnest trip of the summer for sure.
Shelli,
So glad you guys made the effort to come. Love you guys!~

Amber S. - August 24, 2011 - 9:12 pm

We rented one of those little fishing boats on Saturday, and we drove by Camp Esther Applegate (for nostalgia’s sake), but even though we saw life jackets and six canoes out, it was like a ghost town. It would’ve been so fun to see all of you!

pam - August 25, 2011 - 4:36 pm

The pictures are reflective of a great time with people we love. Mom

Wendy M. - August 25, 2011 - 9:13 pm

I love Lake of the Woods! I have many fond memories of camping there. It looks like you had a wonderful time…what great pictures!

pam - August 27, 2011 - 8:32 pm

It was great to have you all there. Its great to see our kids and grandkids have so much fun together and the Edgars are apart of this wonderful family. Thanks for all that each of you did to make this such a fun time for all. We love you Dad

Crazy Mom Leaves Town

I remember when I was a kid how stressed out my mom was when we were trying to get ready to leave town. I never understood why she insisted that we clean the house and why she seemed to be so uptight. Well folks, I have become my mother. You know how people hire movers […]

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Camille - August 22, 2011 - 9:54 am

I am so uptight about travelling. I’m the crazy one who wants to allow time to be at the airport three hours ahead of the flight. I never start packing early enough, so I always forget something and am a stressed out mess. That’s probably why we never go anywhere.

kara - August 22, 2011 - 7:59 pm

I wish we could stay home more, but I have a big family with lots of people and cousins to see who live out of the area. Glad to hear there are other stress cases like me :)

kara - August 22, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Not that I am glad that you are stressed or anything.. but you know what I mean :)

Sarabeth - August 23, 2011 - 10:11 am

This is SO me!! Steve still makes fun of me for the time several years back when I was stressing just before leaving for a trip, and right before we walked out the door I just had to straighten this newspaper pile we had. Looking back, I suppose that was a bit overly-anal, but I seriously loathe coming home to a messy house! And now with 3 kids, it seems the list to get ready to go is endless, and it’s that much harder to get done. Guess I’m not the only one!

Audra - August 23, 2011 - 7:23 pm

Next time let me watch he kids:)!!

Ask Kara-Preschool Options

I received the following question from Chrissy last week: “Your kiddos are of preschool age (and beyond?), right? I was wondering what your opinion is of all the local preschooling options, and maybe what you’ve chosen yourself. Or are the homeschooled/unschooled~? I’d love your input! Thanks!” I love this question Chrissy. I feel like preschool […]

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Michelle - August 18, 2011 - 4:38 am

Just my two cents, we’re planning to send our baby to Montessori. I think it’s a phenomenal program for the kiddos!

Camille - August 18, 2011 - 12:53 pm

I would love it if others would chime in here and add:

Name of your child’s preschool
A few details about their activities/philosophy
On a scale of 1 (bad) to 5 (good), how thrilled are/were you about it?

Kara, maybe you could start a new post soliciting this general info.

Wendy M. - August 19, 2011 - 7:59 am

Both my kids went to Grant Avenue Preschool and we were all very happy with it.

-They do a little bit of very basic academic instruction every day (i.e.- letters, the sounds they make, etc.) Most of the day is spent playing, listening to stories, more playing, snack, crafts, etc. The primary focus was on developing social skills/learning to play well together, learning to sit still and follow teacher’s directions and so on.

-It is at a church and I loved that they used Bible stories (and the fact that they kept it non-denominational.)

-There were several field trips (going to the library on the city bus, the lambing barns, the pumpkin patch, Papa’s pizza are the ones I can recall) and that is the only time they request parent involvment with the class. Once a month (approx) we were responsible to bring in snack for the class.

-Overall, I can’t imagine that we would have been happier anywhere else…we were fortunate to find a good fit!

kara - August 19, 2011 - 9:17 am

Michelle,
I have heard really good things about Montessori from all of my friends who do it!
Camille,
I am going to link to facbook to try to solicit more responses!!
Wendy,
One thing I consistently hear about Grant Avenue is how loving they are with the children, and that alone almost sells it for me. It sounds like a great program.

kara - August 19, 2011 - 9:18 am

Michelle,
I have heard really good things about Montessori from all of my friends who do it!
Camille,
I am going to link to facbook to try to solicit more responses!!
Wendy,
One thing I consistently hear about Grant Avenue is how loving they are with the children, and that alone almost sells it for me. It sounds like a great program.

EmmaJ - August 19, 2011 - 10:29 am

We are sending our oldest to her first year of preschool (she just turned 4) starting next month. Out here in VA it is pretty competitive and we signed her up in February, and it was full by March. I costs 3 times what my sister paid in UT, but most things are like that out here. She is going to the same school that some of her friends go to although she is only going 3 days a week (9-12) and they go 5, so they won’t be in the same class. I was thinking about doing a home program, but then with a newborn and a 1 year old I knew that would be impossible. We have full day Kindergarten here, so I felt that getting her out to a preschool was necessary to help with that transition.

Audra - August 19, 2011 - 8:23 pm

My oldest went to Waldorf for preschool. We LOVED it there. The environment is so warm and the Waldorf philosophy works for us. No Elizabeth is not reading and she mixes up numbers and letters sometimes but she knows how to plant a garden put on a puppet show and recite stories from memory how to bake and prepare vegetable soup. I also love that Elizabeth would come home dirty and tired from being out side most of the day RAIN OR SHINE. If I could have our children go through all the grades I would. Unfortunately that is just not possible with as much as we move:)

Amy - August 19, 2011 - 8:23 pm

My son went to Zion Lutheran Preschool this past year. He’ll be going there for Pre-K this next year. He absolutely loved the teacher, but she retired and there is a new teacher now. (He wanted to have her over for play dates!) He has had the new teacher this summer (since I work), and she seems to be good. She is very caring and interacts well with the kids. The Pre-K teacher is the director of the Early Learning Center, and I’ve heard she is FABulous.
*The preschool focuses on learning through play, storytime, art, etc. They go outside for play time if it’s not raining.
*The Pre-K is a bit more “academic”, but from what I saw last year they still had lots of play time and art activities. I’m not really sure what else Jonas will do in PreK.