Welcome to Prarie Pi. This blog exists to journal and document the memories that our family experiences. Pi is "an amount of type that has been jumbled or thrown together at random." We hope to assemble in words and pictures the daily thoughts and activities that happen in our household. We do this to help those that are distant from us get a glimpse into our days so that the miles that separate us won't keep us apart.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Welcome, Summer Vacation!

After almost a week of being out of our house, we came back to some very nice, stained, refinished wood floors.

We spent this morning playing outside.
We checked the nest in our backyard.....
(photo courtesy of Ky)

and found a toad....

Yep, it's summer!!!
Glad to be home and glad to have summer knocking at my door!
Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Today felt like summer!  And boy, did it feel good!! 

A little baseball.......
a lot of sand play time with a HUGE sandbox located right by the game field....
a little sun....
a little sun burnt....

a little celebration.....
with burgers on the grill.....

....a lot of family time.

A wonderful day capped off with a quiet evening wind and sunset...

...casting it's golden glow....

mixed in with a little red, white and blue!

Hope you had a Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Grandma's Special Day

Happy Birthday, Grandma Lorraine!!!

We hope you had a wonderful day.  We miss you and wish we could have had cake and ice cream at your house!
Mark, Sara, Ky, Rocky, Moe, Buttercup, Nacho and  Coco

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Refinishing & Restaining

We won't be back into our home until Saturday.
All the main floor furniture is in the garage and we can't eat in our kitchen....
We are off to the hotel!
Have a great week!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Piano Recital

Sunday was the piano recital debut for Moe and Buttercup.

It was held 'coffee-house' style in a little cafe that adjoins an historic opera house....which is located in a very unique downtown square.

Buttercup began lessons this winter.....the teacher started working with her for 5 minutes after each of Moe's lessons.  She did wonderfully!

This is Moe's second year of playing piano.  He has learned so much under the guidance of this teacher and played "Music Box Dancer....a favorite of Grandpa's.  He did wonderfully, too.

It was all good.........

down to the last drop....and to the last song.

And it was extra special because Grandma and Grandpa were able to be at the recital.

"Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty.  Magical music never leaves the memory."--Sir Thomas Beecham

Hope you hear some magical music this week!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wrapping Up The School Year

Our official 2010-2011 academic year is winding down.

Buttercup finished up by illustrating the Haiku she wrote today.

The weather is warm.
The flowers bloom from the ground.
Nacho plays outside.

Moe took his last math test.....he added and subtracted mixed fractions with different denominators.

Rocky mowed the lawn...because....well, he basically has been done with his assignments since mid-April

Ky typed his last assignment from Mom....a book report on "Left To Tell"....the biography of Immaculee Ilibagiza....a survivor of the Rwandan Holoaust.

Nacho has been busy playing with his space shuttle.  A toy that has been around since Ky and Rocky's early years but was just discovered by Nacho.  This toy has gone everywhere with him today....and was even tucked into a special bed last night.

Life's rythym will soon have a different beat....more to follow.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Syttende Mai!

That's "Happy 17th Of May" for you non-Norwegians.
Syttende Mai has a similar significance in Norway as July 4th has in the United States of America. It marks the country's declaration of independence and the triumph of constitutional government. This day is also called Constitution Day and National Day and is a great spring festival in Norway.

We didn't do much in the way of celebrating this great day.....but I did catch Rocky sporting the traditional colors!

Bring us some Lefse when you come, Grandpa!!
Then we can celebrate in true fashion!

Ha en fin dag!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I Hope You Dance

"I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean....

......Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens....
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance.....

....And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance......

....I hope you dance.....

I hope you....

I Hope You Dance--Lee Ann Womack

Buttercup.....how exciting to see you dance in your very 1st recital!

We love you so much....

And are so proud of you!

We are so glad that you had a fun evening....

You looked lovely and danced beautifully!
Today was a special day that we will always remember....
Love, Mom and Dad

Recital Practice

Buttercup had her dance recital practice yesterday.....
She is ready to perform this afternoon.

She reminds me of a Little Prairie Fairy!

We are excited for SHOWTIME!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Adventure

Guess what we did on Mother's Day?

Ky, Rocky, Moe, Buttercup, Nacho and I all went round and round together.....
on a ferris wheel at the local carnival.....it was Nacho's 1st ride ever.  He had spotted the bright, spinning wheel on the way to the library last Wed. and I had promised him we would go back and check it out before the action left town.

It was a "wheely, fairy good time!!"

I was especially thankful to be "around" all my children on such a special day.

Have a wheely great Tuesday!


Monday, May 9, 2011

It Was Fancy....

It was with Nancy.....

And.....it was a TEA PARTY!

Hosted by our local library, the girls made a craft,
had tea....

and listened to a the newest Fancy Nancy story.

Little sister wasn't interested in the story...she had other things on her mind.

A fun Saturday afternoon outing for the girls.

Have a fancy Monday!