The Lake of Rock Tables

This year on our annual trip down to Table Rock Lake, we got to have Joe with us! Luckily, the weather cooperated and gave us quite comfortable temperatures and nice breezes.

He set right to work orienting himself.

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Charlie was interested in exploring the world of fishing this year, so Mark gave him some tips and tricks and opportunities. Here we are all trying to learn a little something.

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Joe was a good explorer and shared his fun finds with us

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Setting up some poles to fish for Charlie while he was busy doing other things.

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Zoom time

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…which Brady decided looked like fun. He’s very into ‘vroom ‘vrooms’

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Putting out the lines worked! Charlie caught some fish

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A whopper!

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vroom vroom!

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And even more vroom vrooming! The Beckers had a Gator with them this year and generously allowed our family members to use it to go anywhere and everywhere.

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Grandma Jan had already prepared their Easter Egg Hunt this year, but we weren’t able to come…so she brought Easter down to Table Rock!

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Here Henry is doing arm pumps because he’s so excited

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Heeeeeeeey, Brady!

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Showing off some of his spoils

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Joe took a lot of good views of the lake on his walks and Gator rides

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Lori skiing

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This area is truly a strange place. There are some extremely fancy properties…

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…literally across the street from places the world seems to have forgotten.

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Charlie thought Brady was soooo cute and loved to tickle him to make him smile.

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Half of a mobile home?

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A pathway down to someone’s dock

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A boat ramp to nowhere?

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Lots seen, lots done and a great time had by all. Can’t wait til next year!

Water Air Soil

Last week, the boys took Jedi Knight Training through Minneapolis Parks & Rec. They loved it. It was also an especially hot week, so every day after their class, we hit some kind of water. There was a wading pool at the park the class was at, so that was a good option. We also drove right past Lake Harriet on the way home…and being there is always a good life decision.

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Charlie’s in the red top, right next to one of the red floaty-balls marking the swim area. He’s gotten so brave in the water this summer.

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Beautiful Lake Harriet

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See those buildings? That’s the direction we headed right after this.

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It was Members’ Night at the Walker Art Center’s rooftop Mini Golf course.

The first line of this sign really tickled us. “Guess What? Chicken Putt!”

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Here they are being sculptures for me while I take my turn. They kind of crowded the hole there…

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Gotta love PLINKO

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Minnesota!

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This weekend, Joe was in Omaha. That meant he had to miss out on the Big River Farms Open House. But there was no way we were going to!

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Jim joined us this year, which definitely made the wagon ride through the fields more comfy for Hennie

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It was a glorious day

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Henry took over the camera during the ride. That means I ended up with 75 pictures of people’s feet/the couple sitting directly across from us, and then the battery died and there were no more pictures of the day.

In this one you can kind of see the hoop houses

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And then there’s Charlie and me

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This one shows off my cool shoes.
“Princesses never cross their legs in public. Why don’t you just tuck one ankle behind the other, and place the hands gracefully on the knees.” -Princess Diaries

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Blue, blue skies!

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Gettin’ After It

Alright, two-wheeler…you ready for this?!

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We’re working on the balance thing (did you know teaching a kid to ride a two-wheeler is even more exhausting than learning?), but it won’t be long. And anyway, it was time, because THIS fella has been dying to ride a bike, and turns out, what used to be Charlie’s bike is just great for him. He’s a biking machine.

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Happy birthday, ‘Merica! We had a gathering at our house, which was lovely, and I was lucky enough to get to celebrate with Julia.

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She and Francisco really took the lead on the sparkler-type thingies we got, because I was too afraid to light them. The instructions said, “light end and get away,” so I skipped ahead to the “get away” part.

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Turns out, they weren’t so scary.

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Four mornings a week in the summer, Charlie has done swim lessons at Southwest High School. It’s been a wonderful way to start our days, and a great place for Charlie to learn about the water.

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And it’s been a special time for Pookie and me to hang out and entertain ourselves. Last summer we did a lot of Mother Goose, but this summer he’s been going for books about animals. The other day he took 45 pictures with my camera.

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Including this nice one of Charlie doing the back-float.

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This weekend was Joe’s cousin’s graduation open house, which was right by a Lebanon Hills regional park. Naturally, he took us there first, and we had a lovely adventure.

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There was a creek…so…ya know…

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When he makes this face and motion, he is invariably saying, in a Muppety-voice, “Hallo Mama!”

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Henry asked Joe if they could build a dam, and that’s Joe’s favorite thing in life…so, again…ya know…

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The bath at the end of the day, I believe, must have felt quite good. Especially since bubbles were requested.

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Today was another busy day. After church, we went straight to birthday gift-shopping and then soon after headed right to a birthday party of one of Charlie’s friends. It was a bunch of 2nd grade boys in a backyard with water balloons, a hose and a trampoline.

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Good recipe

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After that, Charlie and I picked up Joe and Hennie from the creek, where they spend the bday-party-time, and headed to St Paul to enjoy the Little Mekong Night Market off of University & Western. The food was delicious, and the company was awesome.

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Charlie even got to sit in the driver’s seat of a police SUV

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We did family-style sharing of everything so we could try a lot. Including an appetizer of…ice cream sundae?

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Which came with a lollipop stuck inside

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Find a cuter kid. I dare you.

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Alright…it’s a tie!

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