Christmas Tree 2014

As is standard now for the Brodd family, we head out to the Christmas Tree Farm the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  The weather was pretty good and the girls were in good spirits.  While we didn't see Santa at the tree farm, we were able to take advantage of the wagon ride through the snowy tree farm.

Sylvia goofing around

Violet is always smiling!

We decorated the tree on Sunday, but unfortunately no good pictures!  We will no doubt have more pictures to post throughout the Christmas season.

Grandpa's Cabin

Cleaning up posts from last summer.

While we haven't been Up North to Grandpa's cabin for some time, not much has changed.  The water is still crystal clear and the fishing was great.


Sylvia with one of her many sunnies

Enjoying some icecream in town

Paul Bunyan's Girlfriend - Lucette

still out fishing in the kayak

Violet even got into the fishing fun

While it was a short weekend, and a long drive, it was a great time for all of the girls!

Trick or Treat!

Even though this year was mighty cold, the girls made it all the way around the block.  Definitely a record!

After collecting their loot, we sat around the bonfire for a bit at the end of the driveway.  Halloween on a Friday night should've been crazy busy, but we only had about 25 kids stop by. 

Oh well, more candy left over for us!

Cinderella and The Cat


Happy Halloween!

MN Zoo

3M was kind enough to sponsor a family day at the MN Zoo last summer.  The weather was great and the girls loved the exhibits, including the Big Bugs exhibit!

There was even a snack provided for the 3M guests.  Bags of caramel popcorn and full size bomb pops!  These popsicles were huge, but of course the girls will able to complete the challenge.

Looking forward to spending some more time at the zoo following the renovations to the water exhibits!

Sylvia's Day at the Science Museum

Sylvia and Jamie went on a "girls day" to the Science Museum this summer.  While then attended, Jamie allowed Sylvia to capture whatever she wanted on the camera.  For your viewing pleasure, the Science Museum though the eyes of a 6 year old...

Jamie took this one obviously... pretty cool light exhibit

Enjoying a picnic lunch following the day inside

Violet's Unders

So we have been doing this potty training thing for a few months.  Sometimes it can get very frustrating, but then you look at this little peanut in her unders and don't sweat the 4 "accidents" she had that day!

1st Day of First Grade

Sylvia's 1st day of first grade was Sept 2nd.  While first days are always special, this one was a bit more as she started at a new school.  Footprints Academy closed their doors last year and through a summer of not knowing if she would have a new school or not, Woodbury Leadership Academy opened this year!  Sylvia's class is one of two 1st grade classes and she was "excited" to get back to school.

Sylvia from far away - at least the flowers are smiling!

We sort of got a smile here...

Mom and Dad dropped her off on her first day and it took a bit to settle in, but things have been pretty smooth since.

Looking forward to a great year at the new school.  We are certain that there will be some bumps in the road, but looking forward to building a relationship with these new friends!