Can you tell someone is grumpy? We had just gotten back from an impromptu vacation (that sounds better than 'we didn't plan a single thing until the very last minute') and were all bit short on sleep. Molly cheered up when I suggested she hug her sister.
The night before our trip, I thought I'd sift through my knits to see if there was a good one for making myself a quick t-shirt. When Molly spotted the mustache fabric, she insisted it was impossible for her to go on vacation without a mustache dress.
So, one dress turned into two, and, for good measure, I added in a gray mustache t-shirt for big sister (Ottobre 1-2010-33).
The dresses are the super-quick Skater Dress pattern from Kitschy Coo.
We took a 3-day trip up the North Shore, on the Minnesota side of Lake Superior. There's nothing like taking a trip with 5 kids to make you realize that your regular life isn't nearly as exhausting as you thought it was!
Mustaches in the foreground
Gooseberry Falls in the background.
What it looks like when parents "hike" with 4 year olds.
Since you're wondering, I'm wearing an unblogged Ottobre sweatshirt, modified Ottobre shorts, and a hand-drafted t-shirt.
An anchor in Duluth, Minnesota.
The famous Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth.
Roasting marshmallows around the fire in preparation for making S'mores.
S'more consumption in an Ottobre sweatshirt.
S'more [a contraction of "some more", I think]:
sandwiched between two graham crackers.
Hiking, hiking, hiking. The dizzying view is below Cascade Falls.
Fake consumption of an impressive mushroom.
A stilt sandpiper.
The Scandinavian-infused tourist attractions are humorous. Above, Molly's ferocious Viking heritage is coming through.
On the rocky shore of Lake Superior. The kids built a land (pebble) bridge out to a rock. It doesn't look like much, but it was no small effort for them to pile up all those rocks.
Canoeing on a shallow, lazy river.
Enjoying the sand on the world's largest sandbar (so they say).
Although the water was frigid (a park ranger told us it was 45 degrees), there were a few dozen people swimming.
A cedar waxwing.