Yard Sale

Ada was invited to a birthday party but didn’t end up staying….she was crying about it all morning. I stayed with her for a half hour inside trying to get her to become comfortable (which never happened). Thankfully her brother and sister played outside and kept themselves busy for that whole time despite crummy, drizzly weather.

We did go to a yard sale where there was a “free” box. I told the kids that they could get one thing each.

I’m not a big fan of “stuff”. Kids are.

To Helena’s credit, she did come home and wash her hat and then hung it up to dry outside once the rain stopped. Ada broke her snowflake some more, and Liam’s bag is still sitting on the counter.


Another Ada Funny

Pulling into a parking lot, I saw a woman walking out who was quite thin and about eight months pregnant. I said to the kids, “Hey, do you think that woman is pregnant or just ate too much for lunch?”

Ada says, “Maybe she ate at the Donut Connection too much times.”

Last.fm Milestones

Last.FM Milestones

10000th track: (21 Jun 2005)

Belle and SebastianI Love My Car

20000th track: (09 Nov 2005)

Architecture in HelsinkiImaginary Ordinary

30000th track: (28 Feb 2006)

A CampSilent Night

40000th track: (06 Jul 2006)

The DelgadosFriendly Conversations

50000th track: (03 Nov 2006)

HeavenlyFat Lenny

60000th track: (08 Apr 2007)

Camper Van BeethovenOpi Rides Again/Club Med Sucks

70000th track: (17 Aug 2007)

The DelgadosIs This All That I Came For?

80000th track: (08 Nov 2007)

Gore Gore GirlsCasino

90000th track: (24 Jan 2009)

A.C. NewmanThe Heartbreak Rides

100000th track: (26 Dec 2010)

The BeatlesWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps

Scavenger Hunt

Second year of the final day of the school year hunt. This year I took photos of the numbers 1 – 10 around the house which the kids had to find to get the next clue. When they came to the back door after school they saw a “1” on a photo which happened to be the “1” that was on the countdown ring for the end of school that we’ve had hanging in the kitchen for the last 25 days of school.

It took some minutes for them to find out what it was, and then they needed help on “2” since it was from Helena’s new bike. After that they did pretty well….especially Liam, who near the end, would take off for the next number with Helena yelling at him to slow down.

The best thing about it was that when Helena saw the “1” on the back door she immediately thought it was a scavenger hunt despite not having one since the year before, and to my knowledge, it has never been mentioned since.

Helena got some things for her bike (wicker basket, lock), Liam got two Nintendo books, and Ada got a new swing for the back yard.

Once they had all ten down, they had to do a little puzzle to find out where the loot was. I like how Helena figured it out but was too excited to finish the last letter.


Ada’s Fours Explore Graduation

Unlike the other two kids, Ada spent her pre-kindergarten year in Fours Explore which is part of Minneapolis Kids which was at Kenny Elementary. She was one of the few kids that was still four when the program ended.

Waving to Dad

Exiting the Stage after the Ceremony

At the Park

We had some really high temperatures at the beginning of June (high of 103° on this day, which was the highest in 23 years) so we spent some time at the pool. Ada played for awhile but then wanted to play on the monkey bars which is pretty much where she spends her time while at the parks lately. I’ve been calling her “Monkey”.

Lawn Bowling at Brit’s Pub

The plan was to scooter around in Loring Park and then go to Joe’s Garage for dinner, but since it was the first nice night in awhile, about a thousand other people decided that Joe’s would be a nice place to go to. Knowing that we didn’t want to wait from 7:00 to 8:30 just to get a seat was out of the question, we went to Brits which Liam likes because he equates it with going to see soccer games with dad.

The lawn was open to bowl, so we did some of that. Shadows were pretty bad for photos. Ada is on the lawn behind these two.