We took some of the beans from Ada’s garden and gave them to the elf that lives in the tree on the bank of Lake Harriet. The kids enjoyed the new playground there and throwing rocks in the lake (trying to skip them, but it was windy), but they especially liked a dog that was in the water chasing ducks. He never did get one, but the ducks still weren’t very happy about it.
Oh, and good news. Calhoun Cycle found where the leak was occurring in Helena’s bike tire. There was a piece of glass embedded in the tire itself that nobody could find (until now). I think I have replaced the tube five times.
What Ada said when a man from a dog walking service just walked by with about eight dogs.
I had Liam try out a bigger bicycle at the local K-Mart. He was skeptical that he could ride it because he felt it was too big. Well, he rode it
fine, but dismounting was a little difficult. Helena and Ada’s friends were with us and after Liam took off we all heard a very loud crash. There was a large display of stackable plastic coolers that Liam had knocked over while stopping. You can see that he was a little embarrassed about it at the time, but he was soon laughing with the rest of us.
Fireworks downtown. I didn’t get many photos, but we walked quite a way, talked to a Minneapolis Kids teacher, played with sparklers, and complained about not getting light sabres before the actual fireworks that we watched from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.
Helena did get some pictures with her iPod, including one of the Statue of Liberty.
We went to the Como Zoo for a few hours. We parked at the Fairgrounds and took the shuttle over for the first time. The kids liked the ride there better than the ride back since it was more of a coach bus.
The highlight of the day was the orangutans. The kids watched them for a good 20 minutes. We also spent some time in the Japanese Garden which Liam and Ada liked running around.