Making Summer Count

I know. My posts have become more infrequent.

I’m just too busy hanging out with this guy.

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Lucky for you (maybe?), that just means the posts are longer. So here we go.

Henry’s been enjoying watching Joe shave in the mornings, which is just the most Norman Rockwell thing to see.

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His dad was over doing some work on doors, and he set Henry up with his own work-site. Ear protectors included for when Grandpa had to turn on the loud saws.

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Last weekend, Mom and Lori came up to hang. We did all kinds of things, including a t-ball game, dinner at Tiny Diner and an evening with my grandparents–one of the last we’ll spend at their house.

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Sand trap digging

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Charlie was desperate to give Henry a ride on the trike taxi, so when he finally dragged him away from the sand, there were some big smiles

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That big wheel has put on some serious mileage

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Some of us got haircuts, because they’re our favorite things

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Aaaand…some passed on that opportunity

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The sitting room free of furniture made for a great tumbling gym. Charlie even learned to do a somersault. Henry was a mad man.

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Piano accompaniment

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Henry wanted Grandma Penny to get in on the tumbling

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Buds

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Saying goodbye is never easy, but getting to climb on the roof of the car helps

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Thursday for family dinner, we went to Katy and Zach’s place, where we got to spend the day with Emily and Derek’s new puppy, Kona!

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Everyone was thrilled

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There was also a dig site for Henry, and hammocks for all. It’s a really good place.

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Oh yeah…there were some hammock injuries. Nothing more serious than bruises, though. I happened to capture Charlie’s big shoulder bruise moment just after it happened.

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Dessert was a walk/trike/bike to DQ

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Nobody liked that, of course.

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We even saw Sparks and Betsy on the way back home.

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Friday, Henry really wanted to go to a coffee shop in St Paul, over in our old neighborhood. They have model trains kids can build.

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That spurred Charlie to suggest a stop by the train yard…literally right next to our old apartment. So we grabbed some sandwiches and headed to the St Anthony Community Gardens for a railyard-side picnic.

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It ended in blood, when Henry ran into a sharp stick, but it was nice up until then.

For Father’s Day, Joe’s only request was that we go exploring. So he led us to the newly-rebuilt Old Cedar Avenue bridge–which is now pedestrian/bike only.

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Egret

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The Minnesota River

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Ascending to the current, massive Cedar Avenue Bridge, which apparently has a pedestrian/bike section I never knew existed.

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The big archways over the car sector

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Charlie took over the camera for the rest of the journey

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Henry is making his “pirate face,” he said.

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Feet of a stranger

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Some dog.

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He got some great flora pics

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The boys were pretending they both had cowboy hats on here.

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It was a cute outing

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Charlie’s class hatched duck eggs, and he insisted Henry and I come visit them the week they hatched. I’m glad he did

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Henry was, too

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Last Friday, we headed down the street to Lake Nokomis for dinner

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It was a hit, so we may have started a trend

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And we found more ducklings!

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There was lots of digging and water routing

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Sandcastle, the beach-side restaurant

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We had such a good time that the next day we decided to head to yet another beach, this time on Lake Minnetonka.

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The beach we went to was in Wayzata along the train tracks. The big old building in the background of this pic used to be the old train station.

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Fancy pants houses on the lake

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Wayzata

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Charlie worked furiously to clean the beach of seaweed. He kept saying, “I mean…because who wants to deal with seaweed?!”

The answer was clearly: he did

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This guy is mini-Joe when it comes to waterside play

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We’ve been bringing the fresh lilacs in to the house lately, which has been so awesome. But I’ve never even considered doing the same with the irises, so this week, Henry and I gave that a go. With smashing results

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Ooh la la!

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Made some new art for above the mantle

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More lilacs! We actually brought in so many that the smell was a little over powering. But Henry said we needed more.

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Sandcastle was so great the week before that we suggested it for family dinner night this week.

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I’m glad we did

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