We made it!

It’s summertime!!! I made it through my first year of teaching, and what a year it was. Overall, my take-away is that this is a great career for me. Though the school year had all of the topsy-turvyness that everyone else’s did, and I had some steep learning curves to grapple with, it was pretty great. I finished June 10th, and the boys went one more day, finishing up last Friday. I took that opportunity to book myself a well-earned massage.

Now that summer break it here, and we’re diving in headfirst.

A couple of weeks ago, Joe accomplished a 120 mile bike ride to his parents’ cabin. Despite the temperature getting up to 105 degrees on his trip, he made it! He camped halfway at a park along the St. Croix.

We were a little more low key back home while he was doing that. Henry had a birthday party, so Charlie and I took in the Twin Cities Model Railway Museum. It’s one of Charlie’s favorite places.

Afterward, the three of us took an ill-advised trip to Fort Snelling. It was nearby and recently re-opened, but it was 100 degrees, and the buildings are all still closed due to the pandemic. So we roasted, and there was very little to see. They had a lookout tower open, though, which provided a few moments of shady relief.

You can read the sentiment we were all feeling on Charlie’s face here: “Let’s go home.”

The next day, we decided to do something cooler while Joe recovered in the AC: go south to meet my parents in Clear Lake!

The beach there is so delightful, and the water felt amazing. The boys really liked the big waves coming in, too. I think they’re ready for the ocean next week!

Did I mention Henry’s been losing a bunch of teeth, lately? He lost one of the big front ones that day.

After a couple of hours of wave time, we headed to our regular ice cream spot, the South Shore Sweet Spot. Their patio is always baking in the sun, so we always seem to form our own patio elsewhere on their property.

There was a wee bit of silliness that occurred.

A group-wide game of chair-swap, involving one person taking a stroll around the weird garage building, was a nice way to end the day.

Sometimes the chairs ended up in very odd places.

Last weekend was another scorcher. We went to the mid-day St Paul Saints game with the Novak crew on Sunday, and it was 95 degrees out.

The babies did pretty well, considering. Luke was curious about everything, and Charlie was happy to explain things.

Although, when it came to the actual game, the boys had some questions of their own. Baseball’s a pretty confusing game.

Peek-a-boo, buddy!

It may have been the first time we made it to the end of a baseball game. When they announced that kids get to run the bases afterward, Henry’s head swiveled right around!

Here they are approaching first base. They’re in the lower right corner with Joe.

Even Luke went out there!

Our friend runs a rooftop patio right across the way, so we stopped in to say Hey after the game.

With the heat lately, he’d gotten squirt guns for the workers to keep cool. He let us borrow them 🙂

Seeing where we were from above.

Joe found a gymnastics camp for the boys for their first week off, and it sounds like it’s been fun for them.

Tuesday morning, Henry came into our room saying, “ow!… ow! …ow! …ow!” Everything is sore!

Monday, it was finally cool enough to do family dinner comfortably outdoors. Hooray!

Future fire pit patio.

Yesterday was a whirlwind day for us. In the morning, we met up with Nada and her boys at a playground/splash pad up in Champlin.

It’s been a year since we’ve been able to play with them, and they’ve gotten so big!

After gymnastics in the afternoon and dinner at home, Henry and I headed back out the door, this time heading south to Burnsville. His first-grade teacher’s daughter was in a dance production of The Greatest Showman. She extended an invitation to anyone who wanted to attend, and he really wanted to go!!! It was a late night for him, and he was so exhausted, but he loved the show. In between scenes, he curled up on my lap so he could save energy. “I want to see as much of this as possible!” he said.

And he made it to the end!

(His teacher is the woman crouching in the first row, second from the left, and her daughter, the dancer, is right in the middle of the photo wearing the striped dress.)

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