Monday, December 5, 2016


Well hi there! I'd really hate to go an entire year without blogging at all. It just doesn't seem right. I did blog once this year, but to be honest, the events I blogged about happened in 2015. So, here goes something! 2016 has been my favorite year in Fargo thus far...well 2005 was pretty great too, but yeah, 2016 was right up there.
In January 2016, I made a New Year's resolution to quit complaining about the cold weather. I think I did pretty well...maybe not "pretty well," but I complained a lot less than I would've otherwise. (And I saved the complaining for the people closest to me.) Progress, not perfection. My resolution didn't say a thing about the wind, so that's been fair game (and maybe worth adding in for 2017?) That wind, though!
I bought myself new ice skates to celebrate winter instead of hate it. It worked! Anderson & I put quite a few miles on our skates - it was just perfect.
I also took a few crafty classes. Erin & I took a ceramics class (so difficult) and Amanda & I made leather wallets and copper tables. I went to so many hockey games, a dance recital or two and practiced the art of making Maddie giggle and putting Baby Dani to sleep. I went to Austin for a library conference, to Minneapolis for a lathe and some shopping, to Duluth for the most extreme mountain biking and the best s'mores and to Denver for the hugs and the topography.
2016 also included some rough goodbyes! We said goodbye to my running partner, cuddle buddy, eternal BFF and Dad's shadow, my sweet little Oliver. I can't even think about that, so let's quickly move on.
I bought a house! It's nicer than anything I could've imagined for myself. I can't decide if my favorite part is the thermostat, the garage or the big back yard. Why choose?
This year has left me so thankful and there's no better way to enter 2017 if you ask me!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sedaris + Koselig

Allow me to pick up where I left off. And also please allow to me to start gushing about David Sedaris. I bought two tickets for his Minneapolis show back in July and couldn't have been more excited about it. I had a little trouble finding the right person for the ticket, but was so thrilled when my friend April was able to join me. We went on a British Isles trip together in college and instantly hit if off and hadn't seen each other in almost 10 years. It might have been about my 10th time seeing him, so the math all adds up!

A few months ago, Karley sent me this article on how to enjoy a long winter the way Norwegians to embrace the art of koselig/coziness.

It's honestly changed my winter! Well, and let me also credit my new winter coat, Bogs boots, and the addition of various levels of thick socks to my wardrobe. And the greatest invention - electric blankets.

If there's anyone who embraces winter, it's the Freys! 
I visited Duluth a few weeks ago to meet Miss Madeline. 
We went to a showing of the Banff Film Festival World Tour, the Bentleyville Lights, the Acquarium and had the perfect amount of naps in front of their fireplace!

Friday, October 30, 2015

photo update!

 For the sake of posting at least every season, let me do a little fall update.
Our little author, Katherine, pre-published her newest book, Inside You. A Man Called Ove wasn't the only book that made me a little teary this fall!
"Sad is when someone hurt your feelings or you miss someone or you just get hurt." Ugh, ain't that the truth.

Sticking with the sad theme, exhibit A. You may be surprised to hear that using a steak knife to open a mini bottle of Bailey's could send you to the emergency room. Oh, you're not surprised to hear that? I wasn't either.

I finally got to see Joe play football!


Matching top knots!

^ Oh how I have missed my running partners, RJ & Loren. They are too far away, so he's the next best dude. ^ 
Below is a pic from Stump Lake's Threshing Bee.

And lastly, I will never not post a picture of Oliver resting his head on something. This something happens to be my leg.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

my denver trip!

I have to complete at least one blog post for the month of July. This is that post. (I mean, it would've been that post, if it hadn't taken me 4 days to write.)
July started with a trip to Denver - my first trip to Denver since my move.
I kept my trip on a pretty tight schedule and thanks to my spreadsheet, I was able to see mostly everyone I had hoped!
I could've used a few more days away, but it was a really great trip. It's probably a poor decision to be listening to jazz when you're blogging about your friends you miss so dearly, so I'll keep this brief.
Dad sent me off right by making coffee and setting aside a special Denver-themed traveler mug. I flew out of Devils Lake instead of Fargo, which was nice for my budget, but the flight times weren't ideal.

The first day of my trip fell on the 12th anniversary of my mom's passing. I bought two of the things that remind me the most of her and we had a sweet little cheers in her memory.

I spent the next few days with Kari & Buck out in the mountains. I also made a mental note to spend more time in a hammock. We spent the 4th lounging in a giant tube in a mountain pond. Much to my distress, a muskrat happened to be swimming in that same mountain pond.

Nicole & I rarely remember to take photos when we're together, but luckily little Wyatt picked up our slack.

And gosh, these ladies! Once we actually all found each other in the park, we had the very best time. I've missed them all so dearly.

And unfortunately, that was the last photo I have of the trip!
Not pictured: Marie + her soup, Loren, Adam + the happiest baby ever, Geoff playing the banjo & shouting out Jeopardy questions, and lots of delicious food.
I didn't quite get everything checked off my Denver list, but I have to save something for next time.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

weekend in a bag

I have written so many posts waiting in my drafts and it's about time to start spitting them out.
A few weeks ago I went to the farm to hang out with Oliver.
There are so many great things about Fargo. I love not having to deal with traffic at all, I love saving over $70 per month on car insurance, and I love being able to buy a taco in a bag at a restaurant.

Oliver was pretty bummed out about missing Bob, but we made the best of it. You're probably thinking, "Mary, Oliver is a dog. How can he miss someone?" And you're right, but look at this picture - he doesn't even care that there's a cat riding on his back. At one point in the weekend, I thought he had jumped out of a 2nd story window. I still haven't figured out what happened, but that can't be right - can it?

On Saturday, I got to see Joe's soccer game. I stole Joe & Katherine after the game and brought them back to the farm with me!

Katherine gave me a few makeovers to test out some new looks. We decided that blonde wasn't a great look for me.

I had to take advantage of being out in the middle of nowhere and play as much accordion as possible. Joey got a little lesson as well. I challenged him to an accordion-off, so we'll have to see how much he's been practicing. :)

Friday, May 8, 2015

kids + pets

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Katherine's First Communion/Confirmation. I made a weekend of it that started with a trip to the vet. Dad & I had a little bit of deja vu from 2011 when we drove to Park River for a vet appointment. I've been trying to trim Oliver's nails every time I've been home and have had mixed results, so seeing the vet get those under control was very satisfying! It's the little things.

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing with kitten - not too bad. Madeline saw the kittens were trying to walk away from me, so she took it upon herself to bring them back to me.

This post is a little overloaded with kids + pets, but let's stay on that theme.

This is the amount of treats it takes to lure Oliver into cuddling with me at night!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

DRIVING to Duluth!

I am head over heels with the fact that Karley is within driving distance...a long-ish drive, but a drive, nevertheless. I've already seen Karley on 3 separate occasions since January - that hasn't happened since 2007.
Without fail, I leave Duluth refreshed, loved, exhausted and incredibly dirty.
The top photo was taken at Gooseberry Falls and the photo below was taken on our bike ride. If you look closely, you can see some tiny little people standing right where we did on the rocks.

People who are more practical than us might think to bring along a lot of water on a long, hilly bike ride and probably wouldn't think of bringing a lot of pie, but that's not how we like to do things! 
It's been a long winter for me, so sitting in the sunshine was divine. I kept saying that it felt like I was on the beach in Hawaii. It's amazing what a little sun can do for a person.

Until next time, Duluth!