lucas mitchell :: 2 years old



My lovable, funny, feisty, extroverted, wild child is two.




We celebrated this guy on Sunday. His birthday wish was to ride a train so we hopped on the green line in Saint Paul.


Took it all the way to the end of the line which ended at the Saint Paul Depot.



Then rode it back. Pretty sure he loved it.

Then we stopped for lunch at one of our Saint Paul favorites, Snuffy’s.


Of course we celebrated with gifts and cake that night.


Mitch made up his killer Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes for a birthday treat.


So so good. They’ve become our special birthday treat around here because everyone always requests them. Seriously, you should ask Mitch to make them for you. You’ll always be requesting them too.


I’ll leave you with some proof with the following pictures that the boy is actually two.


Is it weird that these are my favorite. Would it be weird to frame his two year old picture with one of these pouty ones?

Lucas, you are one special dude. I sometimes feel bad that for your first year of life I was pregnant. For your second year of life we had a newborn. There wasn’t a lot of Lucas time. But you’ve become our (mostly) easy going, I’ll take care of myself, entertain myself, and be friends with every body I see kind of kid. You hold no judgement against Amelia for intruding on your life so soon. She’s your best friend. So so many reason to love you. And that is only one of them.

Happy 2nd birthday buddy! xoxo

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amelia mary :: nine months old


This girl is NINE months old! Actually everyone who sees her is like whoa, she’s only nine months? She is bigger than most one year olds. And possibly some two year olds.


Like all my other children she does not lack in personality. She is sweet, funny, loves to sing and is not afraid to keep her volume up to out do everyone else in this house. Hey, a girl’s gotta be heard, right?


And like her older sister the sass and attitude is already developing. I think this is something girls are just born with. Or maybe my girls get it from their mama. Maybe…

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Apparently that red hair isn’t going anywhere yet.


I kinda was foolishly hoping that as she got older life with four would get easier. And as in all things parenting, it doesn’t get easier – it just gets different. But time is flying by and this girl is nine months old and ready to take on the world, or maybe just walking and teething.

Happy nine months, Millie xoxo

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Halloween :: 2015

A perfect Halloween night in Delano.


With a jaguar, 2 pumpkins, and Joe Mauer.




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amelia mary :: 8 months old


There is so much to report on this one this month. She’s reached some big milestones.


Shortly after she reached 7 months this one started cruising all over the place.

  • she’s crawling
  • she’s pulling herself up to standing
  • she’s crawling up the stairs
  • she’s walking by pushing the walker

All these things almost a full two months earlier than all the other kids. This girl is going to be walking in a few short weeks. I’m not sure if I’m extremely terrified or extremely excited about this prospect.

She is still my sweet shy baby. She is slow to warm up to new faces. Her eyes are always on me in new or unusual places. She is still a snuggler and would prefer to sleep in your lap in the rocking chair all. night. long. But I’m starting to recognize that this phase is going to go  fast and that there isn’t going to be another phase with a new baby after this one. It’s a bittersweet feeling.

And because my sweet neighbor took some family photos of us today I thought I’d throw these in here because I love them and its fun to see Millie hanging out with her big brothers and sisters.


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august john :: six years old

Happy birthday to my six year old.


Who went to a Twin’s game with his dad in his new Mauer jersey last night.

Now he can rotate between wearing his three Twin’s shirts a bit more easily each week


And it was Twin’s winter cap give away last night too. Lucky guys.



And had a birthday party with four of his best buds. A baseball party. Of course.

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I think turning six was a pretty good gig. He kept shouting “this is the best day ever!” So I think all his birthday dreams came true.

His Twin’s fan training has been a long time in the making.


Happy Happy 6th Birthday, August John.


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duluth vacation :: august :: 2015

I had insisted that this summer I was not going to go anywhere because life with four had me feeling a little bit like drowning for a while. We were going to stay home and figure this out and basically work on survival.


But as summer was coming to an end I was starting to feel a little bad that we hadn’t really left our house since before February. Is it possible to get cabin fever in August? So we planned a quick impromptu one night trip to Duluth. Because were else do you go when you need a quick unplanned get away from the cities? Duluth.

Really all it was was an afternoon at Canal Park.

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A quick walk through the really expensive Aquarium.

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And a night swimming in the hotel pool. Which is all the kids wanted to do anyway. Mitch suggested next time I have cabin fever we could just go to the Delano Hotel and spend a night there.

And then I wanted to take the kids to Eveleth where “Mine View in the Sky” is located. This is the last summer it will be open for tourists. I’ve driven by it 1,000 times on the way to Ely and have never stopped with the kids.

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So that was really the goal of this entire trip. Get to Eveleth and see some giant Mining Diggers. Check. Got it done.

And now that we left our house overnight with all four kids we remembered why we didn’t want to leave in the first place. Amelia and Lucas did not sleep AT ALL in the hotel. To say it was a long drive home would be an understatement.

Maybe we’ll try again next summer.

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a becker summer :: 2015 :: part two

In absolutely no particular order.

Family bike rides through Lake Rebecca State Park. Beautiful park, lots of trails, right outside Delano. I recommend it.




The kids joined  me on their bikes for my Saturday morning walk. They made it all 4.5 miles. Greta likes to pretend her bike is a horse named Scarlet. Scarlet needed to stop and “snack” on grass. Often. The 4.5 miles did not go very fast. This was at the half way mark.


Greta loves to love up the baby. And that baby is almost the same size as her. I make big babies that grow into small toddlers.

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We had two soccer players this summer. Managing players on two different soccer fields was a new adventure for the parents. We were a bit relieved when soccer season was over for the summer. But these two absolutely loved it. Making all the effort worth it. IMG_4258

We don’t actually buy the professional photo packages for their sports at this age. We just stand behind the photographer and take our own. Completely annoying them I’m sure.



IMG_4151The Taste of Delano! My favorite summer outing of the summer. $5 all you can eat from all different local Delano restaurants and vendors. Plus some face painting, tattoos and bounce houses for the kids. 

At a Raptor show at the library. Gus, my wild animal lover, was in awe the entire time. I’m not even kidding when I tell you this is his favorite bird – the Peregrine Falcon (fastest animal on the planet – your fun fact for the day). IMG_4207Dad’s summer vegetable gardenIMG_3578


After years of being swimming lesson drop outs I finally wised up and signed up for private swim lessons for both of them together. Because they love boating, tubing and the beach I said they had to finish swimming lessons this summer. They did it and they loved it and now I have two swimmers who can’t wait for their next swimming lessons.

Some one came in my room and woke me up way to early on this morning.

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Greta is obsessed with painting her nails. They must be painted all different colors every time. My creative wild child. I love it. Kind of wish I could get away with painting my nails like this.

IMG_4081 IMG_4077The family that planks together stays together. Or something like that. IMG_4070

Huddled in the basement storage room with the tornado sirens blaring outside at midnight. My adrenaline has never been more charged as we ran up and down the stairs hauling four sleeping babies while the weather man on tv is telling us there is a tornado touch down just up the road from us. Tornados = my biggest fear in life, right after mice. IMG_4063The next few are just because. It’s Lucas.

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Our Fourth of July cake that took three days to make. The middle layer is cheesecake. They wanted the top to be a flag made out of these candies. But they ran out of candies really fast. Gus now tells me that this is what he wants for his birthday cake. Not sure that’s going to happen. This might have been a one time deal. IMG_3991 IMG_3986 IMG_3984 IMG_3980

Some fourth of July celebration on family boats. Greta’s one who knows how to dress for the occasion (thanks to Aunt Kalie for the flare).


Waiting for a boat to pick us up.


Ended the day with sparklers

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And a little fun at the Delano 4th of July Carnival. Supposedly the largest 4th of July celebration in the state.

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Making homemade ice cream with frozen strawberries, yogurt and honey. Apparently they liked it. IMG_3598

Spring Piano recital (told you this is not in any sort of order). Random and unorganized is the way we do things here.
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Somehow Lucas found his way to the top of the counter and took a bite out of each of the fresh baked chocolate muffins. Of course a photo was taken before he was removed. Reminds me of the time Gus at this age took a bite out of each of the fresh baked cookiesIMG_3653

Fun at the park. Amelia loves to swing just as much as #2 & #3. 
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Sorry. Last photos of our puzzle fun. But we do a lot of these around here.   IMG_4496



Fun at cousin Jackson and Jenni’s wedding!

With a whole lot of boy cousins. DSC_0082 DSC_0110

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Joe Mauer I mean Gus Becker. This is right after he learned Joe Mauer used to be a catcher. He couldn’t believe it. Now he’s working on his catcher moves. This kid watches a billion You Tube videos of Joe Mauer playing baseball. Then he takes pictures of the videos with my phone to show his dad what he learned about Joe Mauer that day. When he finds something he loves he’s dedicated 100%. IMG_4522Stayed up way to late to watch the this Twin’s game until the end because his dad was at the game and he needed to talk to Mitch about all the plays when he got home. 

Teaching my kids to wipe off the finger prints they leave everywhere.  IMG_4550

And then the fun of summer was over. Tears. And we read this book the night before school. More tears. Which is a funny book because it ends with all the parents huddled at the classroom door crying and the students comforting them. Which is about right. 

The morning of the first day of school Mitch and Luke walked Gus to the bus stop. Even more tears.

IMG_4577And now a majority of my days are spent chasing these two. With a combination of wishing it would slow down and go faster at the same time.
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Moving onto new adventures and the next phase.



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amelia mary :: baptism :: april 19th, 2015

Okay, so this one is really far behind. But something I should probably have archived in my family blog. So here it is. Five months later.

Amelia was baptized at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano on April 19th 2015.



With Godparents Jen and Brian Kalscheuer.


It was a special day for us and Amelia. I can hardly believe it was already five months ago.


Thanks to all who made this a special day for Amelia!

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amelia mary :: 7 months old

She is now at the age where time is going to fly by. I wish I could relish the infant months more than I do. I know I will look fondly back at those memories. But I won’t miss them as much. This is the age where things start to get really fun. DSC_0010

She’s a happy little one. One who is scooting and inching her way around all over the house. Hasn’t quite figured out the whole crawling coordination yet, but is painfully close.


She and Lucas are the best of friends (at least while she hasn’t gotten into his stuff yet). Lucas asks for ‘Wilwie’  or ‘Aweeya” the first thing after he wakes up every day. I keep having flash backs to the days August and Greta were this age.

I really wasn’t sure we’d ever get to the point where life felt normal again after she was born. But I think we are there. And I am grateful for this crazy life of six that completes our family.

Happy 7 months Amelia Mary! xoxo

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greta ann :: first day of pre-k :: 2015


Number two started her third year of preschool today! She woke up bright and early, put on those unicorn pants and was ready to go about an hour before we had to leave.


It’s pretty sweet and a little heart breaking at the same time, but this one is having a little bit of difficult time with the idea that Gus left for the big school and Kindergarten with out her. So getting her off to her own school is a good thing (I hope).


She was pretty excited to have the same teacher Gus had last year. But when I picked her up today she was less than thrilled with how “boring” her day was. So here’s to hoping her third year of preschool gets a little more challenging and she makes some great friends like she did last year.


When I asked her what she wanted to be when she grows up she replied “um, nothing”. But with a little coaching about the things she likes she excitedly decided she would like to ride horses in jumping races. Which I am assuming she means something like an equestrian.

Here’s to surviving another year of preschool drop offs and pick ups! My most favorite mom duty (not really).

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