"Anyone can have one kid. But going from one kid to two is like going from owning a dog to running a zoo." - P. J. O'Rourke

Friday, August 8, 2008


We went blueberry picking yesterday.  The farm we pick at (Rush River Produce) is about 1 1/2 hours away in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.  It is WELL worth the drive as they have the best blueberries I've ever tasted.  If you're ever close to Maiden Rock in the summer you really should go.  Not only are the blueberries outstanding, the setting is very pastoral.

Funny thing about this little blueberry farm - every time we go there we run into people we know.  Now this wouldn't be so strange if it was down the block, but for Pete's sake, it's 1 1/2 hours away.  Apparently, I know a lot of blueberry aficionados.  This year, it was a family from church that has also adopted from Ethiopia.

Okay, so the drive down was interesting.  Marcus has learned how to say, "Are we almost there?" and "How much longer?"  Hmmm, I'm not sure this language development is all that it's cracked up to be.

As we are driving, we had several interesting conversations.  Here are the snippets-
Marcus: "I don't want to go camping this weekend!" (the boys are going for a weekend get-away)
Mom: "Why don't you want to go camping?"
Marcus: "I'm afraid...of lions...in the water."
Mom: ???? (I wasn't sure quite what to make of that one)

We reassured him that there were no water lions in Minnesota.  You know that language development I've been extolling?  I think there was a breakdown.

Next conversation -
Evan:"I have a bloody nose!"
Mom: "Does anybody have a Kleenex?" (Molly to the rescue.)

Aidan:"Is any one else grossed out by kleenexes?  I mean even the clean ones.  Eww, they are gross!"

Mom:"Aidan, does a piece of paper gross you out?"
Mom: "Well, what's the difference between a clean piece of paper and a clean kleenexes?"
Aidan:"well, the kleenex is so, so, soft and stuff."
Mom: "Hmmm."

This was followed by Evan waving a clean kleenex in Aidan's face and Aidan shrieking in terror.

On that note, here are the pics from our day.
Raelea and Marcus in their matching blueberry-picking shirts.
Aidan, who spent more time playing with the blueberries than picking them.
Picking with cousin Rachel is the highlight for Nina & Emily.

This is what Zoe spent her time doing.  She ate her weight in blueberries- shoveling them in by the handful.
And there's the whole Motley crew - minus my sister Deb & myself.


  1. That's it. We're moving to Minnesota. I can't wait to meet y'all, but I am not going to do well when you leave. We will just have to visit.

  2. Lindsay,
    You are all welcome to visit anytime (I suggest the summer though or you might never come back). We can't wait to see you!


  3. How fun! I am impressed that a lot of the kids are in light clothes!You must have good laundry detergent or very neat blueberry pickers!
    What will you be making with all those blueberries?
    Lindsay,I think everyone should live by Barb.She is a great friend!

  4. Barb,
    We love picking blueberries here too! But ours are taller here -- some of them are over 6' tall! I usually go about 4 times to get enough, about an hour each time. But it's only 10 minutes away!


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