Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Balaclava hats

Eloise is constantly pulling off her hats and with the cold weather approaching I thought this hat would be perfect since it goes under her chin. I just love everything about that hat-- the color, the weird point at the top, the interesting line pattern on the sides and how they match up.The pattern is called Lyalya hoodie and it's here.
Here is more of a close up of the pattern on the sides. 

Whenever possible Harriet wants to wear a matching outfit with her sister and so it was only a matter of time before she requested a hat. I weighed the remaining yarn and determined that I probably had just enough to make a second, larger-sized hat.  Heartbreakingly, I was one row from the end when I ran out of yarn so I found a different skein that complimented the blue and it all looks just fine. (Note that they are both mashed into a single stroller above-- Harriet loves every moment of it, but Eloise isn't so sure).

Friday, October 10, 2014

Skyrock Farm

Recently we went to a wedding reception for Steve's friend Laddie in Hamel, MN. Sounds far away, but it isn't that far. We had no idea what to expect, but the invite had a big top on it so we assumed we would be in a tent, boy were we wrong. Steve describes the main building where the reception was as a pole shed and every square inch was filled with circus-themed stuff. Above is a German organ thing where the figures moved and danced when it was on. The place probably had 6-8 of these all around and when they were going they were very loud.

Oh also it should be noted that we forgot to take a picture of Laddie and her husband, but it seemed noteworthy anyways to do a post about this crazy place.
 We hadn't been there long when 3 little girls came up to us and asked if we wanted to ride on the indoor carousel. Yes, please. Many of the animals you could ride on were bizarre and kind of folk arty.

This was a corner in the room with the carousel, which just had mini carousels and horses.

Another organ thing.

Any idea of what was going on just on one wall of this place.

Next we are asked if we wanted to ride the train. We go outside and the engineer tells me and another dad that we can also hop on too. The mini train went all around the property which was interesting (note you can kind of see the mini roller coaster in the background here-- it was too wet to go on since it had just been down pouring).

We had a wonderful time at this weird/awesome place. I guess it is available for rental and is open to the public on certain weekends, but it is a little out of the way for us to go again anytime soon.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Street art

I like documenting murals because they are so ephemeral. This mosaic mural above I love seeing everyday on the way to and from daycare. Today I noticed part of it had been destroyed (either accidentally or intentionally) because the building is being worked on. Makes me sad.

29th and Harriet

Mosaic mural at 24th and Lyndale 

38th and Chicago

 This one will likely be taken down soon because it is possibly slated to be converted into a single family dwelling. I am very intrigued.
 Hot Tea at StevenBe on Chicago and 35th
 22nd and Lyndale


Monday, October 06, 2014


This year Harriet is going to preschool at Temple Israel. She has been loving it so far and it is shaping up to be a great year! This isn't quite a few day pic, but it is close. Many parents traditionally take first/last day of school pictures in front of this mosaic sculpture at the front door so we will do the same. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Family pics

 At the end of the summer we went to French Regional Park and had pictures taken by StudioTart. It was kind of supposed to be Eloise's 1st birthday pictures although Harriet ended up being the most cooperative and smiley. She just loved Megan the photographer, someone I have known for a long time.

Friday, September 19, 2014

State Fair

Better late than never. This year we took Harriet to the fair and left Eloise at home with my mom. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time, although I might be the only person in the world who comes home from the fair starving.

 My favorite crop art this year.
A lot of head hole things at the fair.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Labor day weekend at Fair Hills

Well we are back at Fair Hills after a year off due to Eloise's impending arrival last year. It was nice to be back. This year Harriet was really able to enjoy all of the activities they have for kids since she is 4 and the kid group is for 4-8 yr olds. She loved it. Horse rides, a water slide, bingo, a treasure hunt – she was in heaven. 

This year since there were so many of us up there I decided to organize a group picture (no small feat) and it made me wish I had been taking one every year. I guess it is never too late to start a new tradition. It is fun to have documentation of everyone was is up there from year to year. This year we had a bigger group than usual and it was a ton of fun.
 Our annual stop at the big pelican in Pelican Rapids.

 Headed up to dinner at the dining hall.

 Learning to walk with Grandpa.
Harriet had a blast with my cousin's son Zach. He was so patient with her and they loved hanging out together.

 Winner at bingo!

 Ring toss in the lobby.


 Pretty sure this sign has been up since before I was a baby.

 Horse ride with Cowboy Dan.
Giant water slide on the golf course. 

Heading home we stopped at this sunflower field for a picture. Our heads in perfect descending alignment.