I took the kids to a playground in Hopkins which is right around the corner from a movie theatre. I was thinking about taking them to see How to Train Your Dragon afterward (again), but after plenty of time at the park, it was well past the beginning of the movie.A few nice days here. High was only about 70 degrees, but it was bright and sunny. The “rubber asphalt” got pretty hot, but the kids insist on taking their shoes off while at parks. After a month of “Sure, go ahead.”, they still think that it is a treat if I let them. Anyhow, instead of putting their sandals on, the kids instead played inside the slide using it as their clubhouse.
They were slow to warm to the park, but after awhile they had a blast. Much larger than the play areas of parks where we live, although the only bathroom was in a “warming house” with no lights. There were skylights, but only for the main room, so we had to pee with the bathroom doors open.
Ada likes hanging from the monkey bars.
Rock Climbing – Liam made it over the top and down the other side.
So did Helena, who wanted me to take a picture of her feat.
Ada in the slide.
Liam with her.
I laughed at Liam when he said this, and Helena says, “What are you laughing at?”
“What Liam just said”
“Well, it isn’t as if I can just stop being weird”
Helena needs TWO sandwiches for lunch now. Aren’t adults just supposed to have a half sandwich and some soup for lunch?
Liam’s report card was mailed to me by another parent in Liam’s class. Another kid picked it up and brought it home.
They are pretty stupid, unless, of course, you end up as the best school in the state. Then it is all pretty cool.
Ada’s been doing the dishes for quite some time now. And she’ll use an entire bottle of dish detergent in doing them so I’ve taken to filling up her empties with water and food coloring while keeping the rest locked up.
Liam is now playing soccer for the summer with Minneapolis United.
Before this, he was playing at Lyndale Farmstead. After he scored eight goals (of his team’s 13), I asked him if it was even any fun since it wasn’t too challenging. Well, he thought it was great fun.
Liam pretty much smiles whenever he’s running around
Waiting to begin again
No goals tonight!
GPAs: Liam has a 3.15 and Helena has a 3.22. Now I know who I’ll support a college education for.
Like my father did for Aaron and I for years, I had the kids find “clues” to end-of-year presents. I got Liam a Wii game – luckily one that he began to talk about after hearing from friends. Ada got candy, and I gave Helena a new Chubby Bear that I bought years ago in case anything happened to the real one. Luckily, that didn’t happen. But now Chubby has been reunited with his brother who, apparently, was lost in a snow storm. FOR EIGHT YEARS!
Despite being the same, see if you can spot the new one. Hint: it is NOT the one with the tag still on it.
Helena brought home her report card. I asked where Liam’s was and he said that he lost it. “I asked Ms. Delebo if she saw it, but she didn’t see it either”.
Helena was at a sleepover and couldn’t get up in time to make it, so just Liam, Ada, and myself went to the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in St. Paul. We couldn’t stay for too long, but we did go see two plays, make some rattles, wrote with quill pens, and had their arms decorated with henna. They also liked eating at Mickey’s Diner.
Ada being patient.
The Tin Man was there.
Preparing to eat.
Liam showing up his smudged henna job (Ada’s fault)
Did I mention that Ada likes butter?
I took the kids over to Bryant Square Park tonight, and in between playing with Helena and Ada (and the neighbors’ kids) I was playing catch with Liam.
When we got home, I told Liam that he really improved his catching. At the beginning of the night, he could barely catch anything – the tennis ball that we were playing with was bouncing right out of his hands. By the end of the night, he could catch about half of them.
He must have been thinking about it for a long time. After getting into bed, where he usually falls asleep in ten seconds, he comes into my bedroom about five minutes later and says, “Daddy, did my throwing get better too?”