I think most of you who follow this blog know that I’m not exactly loving the experience of teaching middle school. With class sizes around 40, I’m feeling that first-year-teacher inexperienced feeling pretty strongly. It can be scary, exhausting, overwhelming, annoying, frustrating, etc.

Then, the other day, a student showed me a drawing. I had been teaching them about one-point perspective, and their assignment was to practice their newfound perspective skills to draw a room that they would love to be in.

She drew my classroom.


Still, the daily grind is a lot. So, I’ve been really trying to take full advantage of the weekends. A few weeks ago, my neighbor asked if I’d like to learn how to can tomatoes. “Of course!” I said, thinking it was more of a hypothetical question. But 91 year olds don’t ask that many hypothetical questions. She promptly instructed me which farmer’s market to visit, what time to get there, and how many tomatoes to buy. “What time will you be over tomorrow morning?” she asked.

So I woke up early that Saturday to buy a half-bushel of tomatoes, and grabbed a crepe for breakfast while I was there.

Then we headed over to do some canning while Joe played his weekly game of tennis.

Donna showed the boys how to skin, but Henry preferred washing and salting the tomatoes and cleaning the rims of the jars.

Charlie was an expert skinner and jar stuffer

It’s fun to do things with experts.

We played Taboo while we waited for the cooking and sealing to take place

We ended up with 14 jars…21 pints in total volume

That afternoon we celebrated Lukie’s second birthday!

The kids are all getting so big

Sunday we hit a Van Gogh exhibit. Some of his works were digitized and then turned into an animated film that was projected onto walls and floors of a gallery space.

I liked some parts better than others, but the music was great and it was fun being covered in colors

I also hit a friend’s performance at Aster Cafe. It’s so great to experience live music again

The next weekend, my parents came up for a visit!

The weather was PERFECT, so we went on lots of walks.

We actually hadn’t been to our park in quite awhile, so that was a good spot to stop and do some sand adventuring.

You might have noticed Joe’s not in any of these photos as well. He was up at his parents’ cabin building the floor of our future Tiny Home.

Men At Work

This weekend, he’s got the car up at the cabin again, so we’re currently exploring via bus and scooter. Today, we hit up Trucksploration, one of our favorite annual events.

We hit ’em all. The Sheriff’s Mobile Control Center was their favorite this year.

In the Vikings Table coach bus/food truck

We walked over half-way home, since it was a nice route along Lake Harriet, before catching the bus again.

Then we had an apple-picking session in our front yard.

Harvesting can be so rewarding! Here’s my amaranth.

Tomorrow we’ll be hitting up an orchard & corn maze with friends. I just love fall.

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