Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Sky Full of Stars

Another summer week is in the books! Lots of fun activities, field trips, potty trips, and good family times marked this week as a success.

Ava had her last swim lesson of the summer, plus she went to Saints game and roller skating. Fun! This coming week they are hitting up the pool, a park, the Children's Museum, and a 3M Presentation. I'm really, really curious as to what that presentation is about...sounds a bit like work...

G had his pre-Kindergarten screening this week. He was in such a good mood and had such enthusiasm when the teacher called him in. When asked how we was, he shouted, "I'm great!" and then approached every single activity with excitement. One of the "tests" was to complete the sentence...such as, "A brother is a boy, a sister is a..." and "An elephant is big, a mouse is..." Of course G got those right away, and then we hit this one, "A table is made of wood. A window is made of..." ...silence. His answer was "plastic"...and she gave him credit for that! Yesterday I was explaining to Ava and G that glass is made from sand, so now when I ask the question, "A window is made of..." the answer that I get is "sand." Sigh. I tried.

In any case, he passed with flying colors...he needed a score of 16 to pass, and he got a 23. Overachiever! That's my boy!

Yesterday was a busy day...Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey wanted one last family gathering before they head off to Florida in a few months. It was a nice way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon enjoying the family, food, and sun. There was also a water balloon fight...



Looks like she has an evil plan in mind...



I left the family gathering early, as I had tickets to see Coldplay last night. Emilie and I bought the tickets last October, so it feels like we've been planning this forever! The show was at US Bank Stadium, and we had floor tickets. It's such a different experience being on the floor...we got to see the stadium do the wave from below, and totally enjoyed the light show and falling confetti. We had to cover our drinks while it was raining the paper butterflies and stars, plus we also learned you shouldn't stand with your mouth open during that time. Yuck. We noticed that our section was hit really hard with the confetti and then we finally figured out that we were right next to one of the cannons that shoots it out!

The show was amazing...Coldplay is such a good, entertaining band, and they really know how to connect to a large audience, yet make it feel like a small venue. It was well worth the price to see it from that up-close perspective.

We had a special entrance since we were on the floor!


This was my first time at the stadium...wow, it's beautiful!


Lots of natural light...it will be great to go to a Vikings game here!


These wristbands lit up with different colors and patterns according to the music that was playing. As we were in line to get our wristbands, Emilie asks, "Why is Jamie here?!" Jamie (our boss) had volunteered to help at the concert, and out of all of the places that we could enter the stadium (and there were a LOT), we happened to pick the specific line where she was helping out! Small world!


Super tall guy - down in front!


The after-effect of the confetti cannon...the floor, chairs, hair, clothing, beer, etc. was covered!


Chris Martin is RIGHT THERE!


And at one point, we looked to our left, and 15' away was one of the opening acts...Izzy Bizu!




This coming week, my mom and I leave for California, so there may be a pause in the blog while we're drinking wine and enjoying some relaxing mother/daughter time. More fun!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Beautiful View

August has arrived! It's hard to believe that we really only have one month of summer before fall kicks back in. I had a nice chat this week with a co-worker about Japanese Beetles and bunnies...we're on a mission to find the best methods to rid our gardens of these pests! I guess in a month or so, it won't even matter, once the temps start dipping lower.

G's potty training is going really well...he's got the #1 down (very few accidents) and now we're focused on #2. That's not going quite as well, but, he's trying. His daycare has done a very good job in providing positive reinforcement, and actually being the ones to kick this training into high gear. Without them, I think we'd still be purchasing big boxes of diapers, instead of MUCH cheaper little bags of pull-ups! I will note that the laundry prep takes a bit longer now...and it's a bit messier. It will all pay off in the end! Did I mention that G has his pre-kindergarten assessment coming up this week? He still won't go to Kindergarten until the fall of 2019...it feels so far away, but I know it'll coming zooming up before we know it.

Ava had a pretty great week of field trips and fun. She went bowling, swimming, to Ft Snelling, a new park, and made some awesome art activities during the day. And slime. She loves that slime! Next week she's headed to the Saints game, and a few different locations for swimming and roller skating! Lucky girl! We also found out yesterday who her 4th grade teacher is going to be (prelim assignment right now)...turns out that Mrs. Z was Ava's first choice! Yeah! Ava's ready to go in for her assessment on 8/23...school is just around the corner!

I had one of my last "Summer of Love" Friday afternoons off this week. I was finally able to check out "The Danger" (aka a Ferris wheel) at Betty Dangers. Pretty great view of Minneapolis and the river! I also had a chance to partake in a "purple-ie" at Tony Jaros...the last time I was there, they only had greenies and pinkies. And I was 23. Ha!

View from the top of The Danger



Hello, little donkey!


And since it was such a perfect day to be outside, the fantastic afternoon ended at Psycho Suzies. Good food, good drinks, and a great view!

An unexpected rain shower - glad I was at a table with an umbrella!


Just a little bit later, and the sunshine was back



I haven't been home much this weekend...on Saturday night, I drove into WI with Tina to celebrate our friend, Grace, who is a soon-to-be bride. We *might* have had a slight detour on the drive in, but, we still made it there in plenty of time to celebrate. We had a THREE hour wait for dinner at Vino in the Valley, but they make it such an entertaining place that it doesn't feel like it lasts that long. Plus, there is plenty of wine to enjoy while waiting!

We walked around the grounds, enjoyed the river, the sights, and the other patrons. We were the last table to leave the restaurant, but we never felt rushed. Great night in a beautiful location!

Tina and I were waiting for the others to arrive...we were hungry and thirsty. (We ate an entire block of cheese!)


The Rush River




The moon was trying to peek out




Hanging out by the bonfire, patiently waiting...


Tina, me, and Larry, the owner!



Two fun nights out and I'm ready to take it easy today. Another fun weekend is almost wrapped up!