Archive for July, 2008

Office politics

July 31, 2008

This is too funny!


Study Finds Young People Remain Apathetic About Office Politics

What’s going on at Basso

July 23, 2008

Things have been quiet at Basso Child Care. With only a couple regular kids, things have been nice and easy. Though we are always looking for more friends to play with us!

Isabella’s folks sent pails for us to decorate for her 2nd birthday. Thank you Isabella!

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It took a couple weeks before Isabella felt comfortable enough to eat here. Here she finally digs into some yogurt!

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A typical conversation at lunchtime.
Cecelia – “More!”
GML4 – “More what?”
Cecelia – “More Yogurt!”
GML4 – “More yogurt what?”
Cecelia – “…. Please”
GML4 – “Say it all together.”
Cecelia – “More yogurt please.”

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We enjoyed Mason, Kedall’s brother a couple weeks ago. He has a very loving sister.

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Mason, eats at the table with the big kids.

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We keep working on tricycles. They are starting to get the idea, but not quite powering the way on their own yet.

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Mason enjoys the stairs.

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Kendall loves the slides.

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Enjoying some playdoh time.

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Linkert boating on Lake Minnetonka

July 4, 2008

Well, I know you’ve all been waiting for this moment (I have). My dad recently acquired a boat. He’s been working on it for the last month or so, and he decided it was finally time to put it in the water. Here he and my mom are ready to leave Rogers for Mound.

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Here it is in front of our house. Dad showed off all the work he had done.

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The girls were very excited to see Grandpa’s boat.

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Here it finally goes…

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As I pull the trailer away, I can hear my dad yell… “IT FLOATS!”

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And true to form, it started, and my dad and I are off for our dock.

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It’s not far from the launch to our dock, about a mile I suppose. The boat took a minute to warm up, but really started to move, and wanted to go fast. I don’t know if he ever put it at full throttle. As we were approaching our bay, I told my dad he’ll have to slow down when he reached the buoy. So he slowed the engine. I told him not to let the engine die as he slowed, having visions of being something going wrong.

The engine died unfortunately, and didn’t restart right away, though I think that was because he didn’t have the throttle in neutral. After some panicky fidgiting, if fired up. Here we are tooling around Emerald Lake, our bay.

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Janet and the girls are excited to go for a ride.

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My dad finally pulls it into the dock. We have plenty of room for our little boat.

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So dad gives me the keys, and we load our little family into the boat. We have fun tooling around Emerald.

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Grandpa watches with pride, Grandma with worry about her grandchildren.

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Hey look at me… I gotta boat!

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We tooled around more in Emerald, going slow with the girls in the boat. I was about to bring it in, thinking about the fact my dad only put two gallons of gas into the gas can (so it would be lighter *shrug*). My dad was standing on the dock, waving me past, urging me to head to cooks bay and go fast. I can’t really say no to that can I?

Maeve absolutely loved boating… she was a constant smile, especially when we were going fast (but not real fast mind you)

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Hard to believe our daredevil, who is fearless on jungle gyms, was more anxious, and didn’t seem to enjoy the speed.

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I was just starting to slow down, to head back to Emerald, and what happens… we run out of gas. I try calling my dad.

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We asked the first boat that passed us for a tow. They were quite friendly, and obliged us. As Janet said, they could hardly refuse us with 2 little girls in the boat. You can see the big boat pulling us under the bridge.

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I guess it was kinda humiliating to be pulled back to our dock… fortunately it wasn’t very far.

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The boat that pulled us was full of people enjoying the moment.

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Safely back at the dock we tie it up. It’s nice to see a boat here again.

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I’d love to name it… any suggestions?

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To make you happy

July 4, 2008

There is so much junk on the internet, it is so refreshing to find something like this that can lift your heart.

God I love this planet… and people who make it better! (Like this guy!)

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Happenings in Mound…

July 2, 2008

We’ve been busy lately… I played with the River City Jazz Orchestra a couple weeks ago in Excelsior. They were the jazz band that played at the dance for our wedding. I love playing with them, and it was nice and close for Janet and the girls to come and listen.

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Then we went camping with the Linkert cousins… lots of fun with lots of kids. I got the first fire going. (one match)

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The girls were real excited about sleeping in a tent, and did remarkably well.

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Maeve and dad contemplate morning breakfast.

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Janet and Cecelia just contemplate getting up… we were up early the first day.

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Maeve decides her eggs need more salt and pepper.

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Playing later.

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You can’t go camping with us until you play a game of Kubb

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More fun.

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Daddy and the girls enjoying the campfire. They did a super job of being safe!

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Can’t you just feel the love?

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Did I mention we were up really early the first day… or specifically, the girls were up real early. Maeve fell asleep in Mommy’s chair just as the Ella birthday celebrations were starting.

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And promptly, Cecelia fell asleep in Mommy’s arms… in daddy’s chair… while celebrating Ella’s birthday. I enjoyed myself standing.

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Spent some time at the park the next day…. Cecelia enjoys herself with Ella and Avae.

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Maeve get’s some swing time too.

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A great weekend camping!

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Well… the girls weren’t quite ready to go… fortunately we are bigger and stronger than they are.

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Our camping site as we are packing up.

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At the day care, we headed out to Shirley Hill playground. Had a real nice time.

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Maeve was more interested in hanging with me, than playing in the playground.

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Got a sprinkler going… Maeve was very timid of the water… wasn’t in the mood at all for some reason.

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Finally got the bikes out last week and went for a ride, the girls in tow.

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Cecelia is looking older by the month. She is so much bigger than her sister now.

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Kendall has become a real monkey.

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Cecelia likes doing it barefoot.

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We enjoyed making some bubbles.

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Enjoyed music at the city park the other day, where the city beach is, so the girls were drawn to the water naturally.

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A lovely evening. This is Cooks Bay on Lake Minnetonka.

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Remember how timid Maeve was when I had the sprinkler running. I barely got her to reach her hand in to feel the water… it rain hard last week, and I opened the patio doors so the kids could get a real sense of it… and Maeve runs out there, loving it!

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My brass quintet played at our church the other day… the church guess we were worthy of advertising!

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Then we had our Down syndrome parent group over for a BBQ Monday night… lots of kids. Had a great time!

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