Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

We were kindly invited over for a most wonderful Thanksgiving dinner this year. There is nothing like great food, a big noisy family and guns to celebrate all that we are thankful for!

In all seriousness this was probably the best Thanksgiving meal I've had in a long time.

Our helpless Thanksgiving targets.

The identities of those involved in our after dinner target practice have been obscured so as to protect their reputation as good upstanding responsible citizens of this great state.


Halloween 2009

I think everyone knows how much i love Halloween. I make no bones about it. For the last couple years i have implemented a few Halloween rules. The first being the costume must be scary. No more princesses or knights. Those days are over. And you must go out in full costume! Make-up, hair, clothes, you must have the full package. Dan fought me a little bit this year, I kept telling him to "trust me". Wav on the other hand knows better, she just let me work my magic! I figure this is probably about the last year for this... sniff, sniff....

The two little tourist thought the Wiggles were awesome! They were so excited about the Wiggles they didn't even care about the candy!

The last Camping weekend of 2009

No it was not recently. But I'm finally getting around to updating my blog. During these cold and snowy days these pictures are bringing back some great memories.

We enjoyed our last camping trip on the weekend of 10/16/09 and as i recall it was very very cold that weekend. We were double and triple layered with what ever we had on hand for sweatshirts and jackets. It was a rare weekend where we actually needed the heat of the campfire.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Humble Pie

We took a little road trip Saturday to beautiful, sunny Minneapolis for the Humble Pie book signing at Bachmans. How fun!! The books were flying out the door!! We are so proud of Natalie & Karen and this accomplishment!!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

It Happens

Back in September my friend AP and I went to a concert in Ames. We really just wanted to see Matt Nathanson and he was opening for Sugarland. Neither of us were Sugarland fans or even really knew more than one or two of their songs. But we were willing to suffer through Sugarland just to see Matt.
Well Matt was great! And then there was some country guy whose name escapes me completely. The only thing I remember about him is that he had nice arms. And then Sugarland took the stage. What a great show!! And now, months later I've finally gotten around to downloading some of the songs we heard that night. I'm totally hooked on their stuff. You'll notice I didn't even bother to get my camera out during their part of the show. Shame on me!

In the infamous words of Jennifer Nettles....

Ain't no thyme or reason
No complicated meaning
Ain't no need to over think it
Let go laughing

Life don't go quite like you planned it
We try so hard to understand it
Irrefutable, indisputable
The fact is, psssh, it happens

Monday, October 12, 2009

September Camping

oh i'm so far behind in blogging... so much to say so little time! We had the pleasure of camping with the whole gang in September again. This time Jason (a.k.a. my #1 blog fan) came prepared. With his portable 27 inch TV, Xbox 360 and a box full of games. I don't know if we can really call this "roughing it"?

Denise did not partake in the gaming.

They were getting too much glare so we had to create make-shift "walls". Here you can see Dan kicking all three of their butts at Halo!

We were finally able to get the Iowa game on our little TV. I think we've decided to upgrade the camper tv next season!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Say a prayer today

My friend Kim's little girl Song is having open heart surgery at the University of Iowa hospitals this morning. Please say a little prayer for Song and her family and her doctors.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Random Photos

Just a few random shots i came across tonight....

Here's something i didn't notice until just now. Notice how relaxed my children are and how obviously up tight i am. Can you see it? Keep in mind this was the week I spent in Duluth when my dad had triple bypass.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Godspeed Sully boy...

We lost our Sully boy this evening.... it's unbelievable to me that I'm going through this today. Our best guess is that he had an allergic reaction to something. Some of you will remember earlier this spring when he had the large mass on his shoulder while we were camping. That came up within about 20 minutes. We are guessing that something similar happened this evening except that this time the mass was in his throat. We are all heartbroken here. absolute disbelief....

Sunday, August 30, 2009

First Day of School

Oh my babies are back to school!!!! Dan started 6th grade and Wav started 4th grade on the 19th. I'm not sure I'm ready for 6th grade. It's been a week and a half now and I'm hearing a lot about girls and showering after gym class. No, not those things together, but those seem to be the most interesting things, individually, of course, at this point. Wav went in and tested on the Harry Potter book she read over the summer and has kick started her AR points!!! Oh yeah I'm hearing more about boys from her than I would care to also! Why can't they just stay little?

Well I'm back to work tomorrow. I've only been off a week and a day but it feels like forever. I was really worried I wouldn't be ready to go back, especially after the past couple days. But today I felt good for the most part so I think i'm ready. I hope I can remember what to do when I get there, lol! I feel like such a ding-a-ling lately. I'm hoping that will pass and soon!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

camping July 25th

We had a great camping weekend on the 14th up at Prairie Bridges in Ackley. The weather was beautiful and so unlike a normal Iowa weekend in August! The kids of course didn't think twice about jumping in the pond to swim, YUCK! I wish every weekend could be like this!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Two little girls

Last Saturday I got to spend some time with two very adorable little girls! Check out a few of their photos at Robinett Photos

Sunday, August 2, 2009

my pack

I can't say enough about this fabulous weather that we are experiencing here in Iowa. Essentially no humidity, mild temps & sunny skies! I spent about 30 minutes outside with the dogs this morning just enjoying it!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A day in Robinett history: August 1, 2003

My baby was getting ready to start Kindergarten in 2003 at Immanuel Lutheran, he was all of five. We were trying on school clothes here.

Wav was three years old here. She had just that morning given herself a hair cut. Check out that snotty nose!! This photos reminded me of Courtney Love!!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Not blogging

Yeah yeah yeah i know it's been awhile since I've posted anything. I have not been blogging lately. Mostly because a) I've not been home. No I've not been out doing wickedly fun things. And b) I spend all of my time at work. And if I've learned anything from Heather Armstrong, one of Forbes most influential women in media, it's that you don't blog about work.
And I know you don't want to hear about work and I know when i walk out of there i'd rather not talk about work. I'd like to keep the precious two and half hours a day i have away from there all to myself.....

Never fear, I will be back before you know it. In the meantime i highly recommend reading this post. I laughed out loud and even shed a tear

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Triple bypass

My quick three day trip north has been extended. Dad had triple bypass surgery on Tuesday at St. Mary's in Duluth. He is not recovering quite as quickly as we may have hoped but he is improving. They stopped the sedation late this evening and we were able to communicate a little with him. He is still on the ventilator but they are hoping to take that out tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and concern. We truly appreciate it!

I was able to take an hour or so each of the past two evenings to get out and shoot a few photos. Duluth is such a photogenic town! I'll apologize now for the color, I'm working on Tom's laptop (thank you honey!) and the monitor is not quite what I'm used to (I'm so spoiled at home!) so I can't really tell but I think it's off a little.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July weekend

Oh what a relaxing weekend we had! We left for Clayton Hills Campground early Thursday afternoon. We camped next to the Droste's and their family this weekend. We had such a great time, really doing nothing! A lot of sitting around relaxing, reading books, the kids watched some movies, we drove into McGregor and Prairie a couple times, it was just nice! The folks came up on the 4th and had lunch and dinner with us. That evening we enjoyed the campgrounds fire works display. It was even better that we were able to watched them from our lawn chairs by our camp fire.
We are already looking forward to doing it again next year!

Wav & I downtown McGregor.

Dan, Wav & Sadie at Pike's Peak State Park.

I do not think Sadie appreciated the little hat we bought her.

I really enjoyed the quiet time, sitting out under the awning, basking in the glow of our awning lights.