Summer Ends with a Birthday Bear

It’s been a good summer here.   We had some odd weather at times; colder than we expected, and then far more hot than we wanted!  We also made some great memories, like trying out roller blades after too many years, campfire Smores with dark Lindt chocolate added to an old American favorite, building a garden shed and being amazed that my husband could move the constructed floor to the decided spot with all of his girls lifting just a small corner.  The time has flown, and I feel like I should apologize for my lack of blogging.  The old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” has been so true.  I have to say I am so thankful for my family and the friends who have encouraged me along the way.

We celebrated a special birthday on October 6 at the Perry home.  Ben turned 2.


A few days before his birthday, Lydia….an avid user…….created this crocheted bear for her little brother.  The pattern is “Bear in a Jif” by Lion Brand.

We had a great time taking Ben apple picking with friends at an apple orchard south of the Twin Cities.


And Hannah created Ben’s cake with his favorite character, Elmo.  I think he will remember this cake forever.


Of course, the pace of things has picked up with the start of school.  For a while, I enjoyed the humor of the fact that my husband bought a pair of new running shoes for me right at the start of the school year.  Yet, we love this time of year, being ready to delve into books and work on our projects as much as time allows.

My girls have been learning the art of spinning, and though I need to run, here are a few pictures of their progress so far.




2 thoughts on “Summer Ends with a Birthday Bear

  1. Oh, thanks, Janice. To be real, you know there are days that are very challenging as a mom, but I am so thankful for my kids. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I spotted that quote in SAGA News by Jerry Seinfeld recently, “Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for.” It was so timely here. It makes me laugh as we all interact with our little Ben. I have been trying to work on some projects that I’m very excited about, but it can be enough just to keep up with my “little blender” some days! I also have a friend who recently told me, “never say would’ve, should’ve, could’ve.” So I keep plugging along, reminding myself to be thankful for what does happen. 🙂 My girls are working on a few projects, too… so we may have more to share soon.

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