Friday, June 24, 2016
One exciting development was learning to read. It started out rocky and was frustrating (for both of us), but she learned how to read and ended up finishing exceeding grade level expectations. I worked with her night after night for over 6 months so it was very rewarding to get this news.
She made new friends and learned a lot from the diverse group of kids in her class about their respective cultures. We loved all the multicultural events that school put on, our favorite one being International night. We ate foods from all different cultures and boisterously participated in traditional Somali dancing. It was so sweet (and somewhat emotional) to see kids of all races and ethnicities and their parents dancing together and having such a carefree time.
We look forward to what 1st grade has to offer, but in the meantime we will all enjoy summer with a more laid back routine (with more reading, of course).
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Shepherd's Harvest Festival, an annual fiber event out at the Washington County fairgrounds. I have wanted to go for close to 5 years, but every year something gets in the way. This year we finally made it! They offer classes, but we just went and did some of the activities. Steve and Eloise saw a sheep herding demo with a dog and Harriet and I saw an indigo dyeing demo.
Another building had different demos and booths. Harriet made this little fiber weaving on a branch. She loved doing it, although you wouldn't know if from the picture below.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
This year for mothers' day some of my closest friends and I went up north to Grandview Lodge. We have been up here at number of times for bachelorette parties so we know the area and have always had a good time. Saturday morning I slept in until 10 am (what?!) and then did some knitting while watching a movie. A real luxury. The weather was beautiful and we had a relaxing weekend. We even got a decedent Mothers' day brunch before we left, quite a treat.
Crow Wing State Park. A real gem. The Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers converge here and apparently was a natural crossroads because of its easy travel routes and hunting opportunities. This had been an area where many Native American battles occurred and the Ojibwe were the last to have control over it after they won a battle over the Dakota.
We enjoyed seeing the new buds on the trees. Only downside of this lovely excursion was that we discovered about 15 wood ticks on each of us after leaving. I spent the rest of the day feeling like bugs were crawling all over me.
At night we went out to eat at a place called Ernie's on the lake and then out to our favorite townie bar, Zorbas.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
MN Original on our local pbs station with our neighbor Sarina. She is an artist who does rogue taxidermy sculptor. For our 2 minutes of fame, it took us about an hour and a half to shoot. We exchanged that dead, frozen chicken no less than 8 times to get it right. It is always fun to see artists at work and this was no exception.
The link to the episode is here.
The end result of our chicken donation.
The link to the episode is here.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Eloise in a half shell.
Byrdie, Harriet and Lucia with prime seating.
Friday, April 22, 2016
North Mississippi Regional Park. They have a beautiful nature center and newer playground and a splash pad, which is open during warmer months. I really thought this park was a hidden gem and it is only a short drive. The girls loved running up and down this inclined hallway as well and playing at the playground.
this allocation of money. Only downside is that there is some loud highway noise in areas since it butts up against I-94 on one side.
Colossal Cafe. Our former neighbor Bess used to own it and we have always wanted to go. Problem is that it as tiny so you have to go at an off time in order not to wait. Tiny is understatement. Luckily we got the window ledge since there were only 4 other tables in there. Quite cramped, but good.
Then we attempted to go the play Animal Dance at the Children's Theatre, but it was sold out so, even better, we got a behind-the-scenes tour with our neighbor who works there and Eloise got intimately close with one of the baby goats.
Hi-Lo Diner in Longfellow. The 50s diner was hauled over from PA in two pieces and then put back together. We went on opening day at 2:30 and it was packed, a fun experience and awesome for that neighborhood.
We really enjoyed having three days to hang out and do fun activities as a family!