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Jet lagged student and Day 3 of SOJTBN

Today was probably jet lag catch up day for Yuko. She has been getting to sleep close to midnight – maybe later – up at 6AM. Being Japanese and very polite, she is reluctant to head to bed before her … Continue reading

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Donut Fryer and Drive Thru Difference – SOJTBN Day 2

Today was an interesting day, to say the least. I am currently between jobs (I have four essentially – three part time and the still elusive ideal full time job). Today I added a 4th part time job…. DONUT FRYER … Continue reading

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Our Exchange Student YUKO arrives and DAY ONE of SOJTBN

Today was the awesome day that YUKO joined us. She’s our 4th Japanese summer exchange student. She’s part of a home stay program through a local college. The students come for three weeks and live with American families. Our job … Continue reading

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Daddy the flier deliver boy…

Mitch had to deliver fliers to residents in a neighborhood about 4 miles away. We organize the St. Michael Inline Half Marathon every year which requires us to close off about a 7 mile stretch of road for about 2 … Continue reading

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Becca’s nursery and exchange student prep work!

Today is all about last minute prep for the exchange student who arrives tomorrow MONDAY! Her name is Yuko and she is a 21 year old Japanese student coming to live with us for a few weeks in August. It’s … Continue reading

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Kitty didn’t get the memo….

He’s a cat…not a doll. One of our 4+ pets is a sweet, cheerio colored humane society kitty (almost cat) that the kids named Simba. However we just call him, “Puffy Tail” because every time he comes up against oh … Continue reading

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The little tree that could…or maybe not

So on Arbor Day or something – the school sends home little slips of teeny but nice trees. This one was planted in my annuals last year and grew to almost 5 feet in 12 months! So to avoid a … Continue reading

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Everything Old is New Again…

So Hannah found some old spongy rollers in the back of the bathroom cabinet. Now back in the day – if straight hair’ed girls wanted curls – they had to go with spongy rollers. Later, hot rollers came on the … Continue reading

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Zack to Tomahawk today…

We caravaned from St. Michael to Birchwood WI to take all our boys to Tomahawk Scout Camp for the week. 28 boys going – a great turn out! What a week they will have earning merit badges for all the … Continue reading

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Quiet Weekend (read lonely) without the kiddos…

I just love how the kids get to spend so much time on their grandparents farm in the summer. Awesome awesome stuff. But I sure miss them. Grandma and Grandpa have a 200 acre farm that is mostly just woods, … Continue reading

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