Minnesota Summer

When we visit Minnesota we feel like we need to see everyone. As if we might not be back again for years. That was the case when we were sailing around the world, but since then our visits home have probably been more regular—and certainly longer—than they would be if … Read More

Little House on the Prairie

Up early in Springfield, MN, this morning we gathered ourselves up and went for a stroll around town. Came across a beautiful mural without any hint of graffiti. I don’t know if kids are just this good in Springfield or if they’ve been threatened with death, but it’s working. The … Read More

A Minnesota Send-Off

Since the State Fair life has been one big letdown. No cheese curds, no corn dogs, no mini-donuts, nothing. We did hang out with friends, go boating at my dad’s house, and spend a long weekend at the lake with Ali’s family—all of which was nice too, I guess. But … Read More

Minnesota State Fair

There are a few things that are quintessentially Minnesota: snow, ice, humidity, mosquitos, and the State Fair. We love the fair, and are always happy when we can time a visit to coincide with it. We’ve been to a lot of fairs on our travels, but none compare to Minnesota’s. … Read More

Family Fix in MN

Back in the States doing normal in-the-states things. Like, I took a picture of a bee on a walk through a nature park. Because, well, nature. Spent a mid-August day with my dad and his wife, bundled up against the cold. We were too wimpy to take the kids out … Read More


Who wouldn’t be happy to be at Grandma and Grandpa’s house? Recently Ouest decided she wanted earrings. I admit, I was in no hurry. I know in Mexico, and in the States too, that it isn’t uncommon to get a girl’s ears pierced practically the day they are born, but … Read More

From Snow to Sand

From sledding to sand in just a few hours. There isn’t much to like about flying any more, but bailing out of Minnesota and being thousands of miles south in one non-stop shot is worthy of some praise. I’d still rather drive it, but sometimes even I have to take … Read More

Snow Jumping

For an hour, being outdoors in Minnesota was fun. I took the kids sledding while Ali stayed behind. Ali isn’t the most safety conscious mother out there, but she is certainly a lot quicker to say be careful than I am. So when the kids went from halfway up the hill, … Read More

It’s Finally Flower Girl Day

We’re here for a wedding. February. Minnesota. Seriously. News of Ali’s sister Katy’s impending nuptials first reached us about six months ago. Since then not a day has gone by that we didn’t discuss it. Ouest was due to be the flower girl and Lowe to be the boy with … Read More

Barn Find

Look what I found in an old pole barn today. Amazing that people have these sweet cars and just let them sit in a barn, isn’t it? Actually, this is our one and only possession in the world that we have no intention of ever parting with. When we drove from … Read More


Lowe puked on Thursday. I followed suit on Sunday. And seven days after Lowe, Ouest let loose all over my dad’s kitchen floor. This, as far as I’m concerned, is Minnesota in winter. The place is hell—froze over. In the past two weeks we’ve spent less than an hour outdoors, … Read More

Barroom Brawl

This particular tooth will not be missed. Ouest first smashed that tooth at age two, and it wouldn’t catch a break the rest of its life in that mouth, hitting pavement at least two more times. The last time left it sticking out at weird angles and required a trip … Read More