Over the years Karli has mentioned several times that she would like to have her ears pierced. Jen, remembering when she had hers done always told her that it did hurt. This morning when Karli brought it up again Jen did a little research and found that the newer techniques don’t hurt as much as it did 30 years ago. Moments later Jen and Karli were off, headed to Claire’s Jewelry. (When Jen had hers done, we also went to a Claire’s shop.)
Here is Karli’s before picture:
Apparently the staff gives the child a teddy bear to hug.
Karli did great! Jen said that she did have a surprised look on her face, but was fine with continuing to the other ear. That response differs from her mom’s. I remember that after Jen had one ear pierced she announced that she would come back to do the other one later. Eventually, however she did relent.
Here are Karli’s after pictures:
Of course, the Draz girls couldn’t leave Claire’s without shopping for some jewelry (actually a lot of jewelry).
Back home everyone admired Karli’s ears and new jewelry.
Karli also got a new tutu.
Finally, here is my favorite image of the day:
Quote of the day follows.
Jen: Karli, this was one of the best days of my life!
Karli: Me too, mama!
Yesterday Jen and I were doing errands while Jay took the Draz children fishing. Jen’s phone rang while we were loading our car in the Target parking lot. I could hear excited children, so I asked Jen to put it on speaker. I could hear Drew’s “excited” voice; when excited, his voice is at least one octave higher: “Nana, we got a walleye; a big walleye. I’m so excited I could cry!” Sure enough, they had caught a walleye big enough to save. In fact, later they caught another!
Once home, Jay and the kids set about filleting the walleyes.
Drew continued to be excited beyond belief:
According to the kids: daddy says we just need to catch three more walleye and then we can have a fish fry. In the meantime, yesterday’s catch is in the freezer.
On Sunday the Draz Fam headed for Fawn Doe Rosa, a favorite summer adventure destination. It is owned by friends of Jay so the family always receives special treatment.
On this trip the children were especially thrilled to see several baby animals. Especially exciting: Drew got to name a baby goat. Her name: Bessie!
Karli went for a ride,
everyone sat in a wagon,
and they hand fed some of the animals.
Drew watched a family of ducks and ducklings and enjoyed crossing a bridge.
What a great day!
Jay and the three Draz children love, love, love to fish. Weather permitting they head to the Powers Lake pier four or five times a week. Although the weather this spring has been far from perfect, they have already had several successful fishing trips. One of the first outings occurred in mid-May:
Later in May the Draz Fam didn’t let the rain stop them from their favorite sport:
Last weekend Drew wanted me to join the fishing party. I don’t have a license so I couldn’t actually fish. However, the boys were quite impressed that I was “brave” enough (Drew’s words) to hold a fish.
The guys already have plans to get a tritoon and head for a great fishing lake not too far from Scottsdale. Hopefully that will happen soon!
Once lock-down is over and the weather gets warmer the Draz kids start their adventures. Although Jen and I occasionally take the kids, Jay is the one who searches for interesting and fun places. Jay is up for anything! Nothing fazes him or slows him down when it comes to taking his children on adventures!
The first outing of the year was to an annual neighborhood parade. The parade is not in Woodbury, but in the neighborhood of one of Jay’s co-workers. The Draz kids have attended before and always have a ball. First there’s a pot-luck dinner and the parade follows. The best part of the parade (according to the Draz kids) is the candy that the children collect. This year the children went prepared, each with their own plastic bag labeled with their name. The only difference from years past is that the children wore jackets and long pants rather than shorts and short sleeves.
The next adventure was a trip to Cabela’s. The family had planned to spend the day (Sunday) fishing and swimming; however, our rainy, cool weather didn’t cooperate. First Jay and the children stopped for lunch at Famous Dave’s. Then it was off to Cabela’s.
Drew, telling me about the parade:
“Nana, you know why I’m flying high tonight?
1. I had a Pepsi.
2. I had sugar.”
Ry can be quite self conscious. Earlier in the year he was devastated when, getting on the school bus with a fresh buzzed hair cut someone said to him, “What’s up with the haircut?” After that he refused to have his hair cut. I stood up for him reminding Jen that I had allowed her to choose her own hair styles at that age, even though they were not my choice. However, as he looked more and more shaggy I began to doubt my wisdom. I had assumed that he would allow small amounts to be trimmed; that was not the case. He was adamant that clippers would not touch his hair until after school was out. Yesterday was the day. Jen let Ry choose how short to cut it and he decided on… a buzz!
Looks like a great style for summer.
Wednesday was the last official day of school. Truth be told Drew had his last day the Friday before as he (Drew) arranged the activities for the last half week. On Monday Jay, Drew and Todd went fishing at the Powers Lake pier.
On Tuesday Drew demonstrated his adapted gaming system.
And on Wednesday they played online computer games.
We decided to celebrate on Wednesday with the cousins. Auntie brought over some balloons.
Karli has always LOVED helium balloons so she grabbed one as she and Drew headed out to greet Ry.
For once the weather was decent so the Draz children decided to play outside while they waited for the cousins to arrive. All of a sudden I heard Karli let out a scream. I didn’t even have to look up to know what had happened; she wasn’t holding tight to the string of her balloon and up it went. Originally there had been four balloons; one for each of the boys who were completing a year of school, but they were good sports about the one that went skyward. Before long all four boys were settled in the office playing Minecraft.
Later in the evening they decided to organize and present a movie, produced by Tommy of course. Those of us attending could choose where we wanted to sit; the preferred seats costing the most money.
Jay originally chose the steps…
but later joined everyone in the preferred seats.
All the children had a great year. I can hardly believe that Tommy and Drew are now fourth graders and that Ry and Michael are now third graders. Right now everyone is ready for some relaxing summer fun (assuming we ever get summer weather, that is).
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
On the lighter side:
The thing that impresses me about America is the way parents obey their children. ~ Edward VIII
Some of my favorite photos that weren’t included in blogs during the month follow.
We spent two weeks in Phoenix. The first week we were joined by the Juhl family. Dana joined us for part of the second week. Here is Ry “packing” the day before we left:
What a nice surprise; Mark rented a cabana by the pool for us:
Someday I’ll post a blog with details from the trip. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite images:
Doesn’t everyone use a vodka bottle for fresh flowers while on vacation?
Nikki spent an evening with the Draz Fam. It was great to see her. Looks like it won’t be long before Ry catches up to her:)
Jen lost her car keys. Nope, they weren’t in the garbage!
Karli loves the “whales” that Papa brings her:
At a movie:
Reagan’s first doll:
Father and son:
Here’s the one I want:
A couple times a week I wash parts of Drew’s medical equipment. Last week I snapped photos.
That’s it for this month!
The Draz Fam loves it when Mummu and Grandpa make the trip all the way from Hibbing to visit. They arrived on Saturday afternoon and left on Monday morning. The hours were filled with activities and also time to just relax and chat.
Grandpa made the traditional buttermilk pancakes.
Everyone relaxed while the children swam.
Grandpa brought some very special coins and Mummu brought bills.
There was a successful fishing trip at the pier.
Grandpa really enjoys his iPad!
The highlight of the trip was giving Mummu her birthday gift: a beautiful charm bracelet. Each child picked out some meaningful charms.
We’re already looking forward to the next visit.
PS Over the years I”ve spelled the Finnish word for grandmother several ways: mumu, muumuu, mummu. Today I googled it and found that there are even more ways to spell it: mummo, mummi. Gaile, please let me know which you prefer and I’ll TRY to remember in future posts:)