My workday looks pretty different these days. Minneapolis Public School teachers and Educational Support Personnel are currently on strike. Today was Day 12 (not counting weekends).
In the mornings, we meet at our own school site for picketing, dancing, and general visibility. Our school has created themes for each day, so I’ve shown up dressed as a unicorn, a baseball player, a gym-goer, mismatched, and tie-dyed. St. Patrick’s Day was an easy theme. Wear green!
Some days we meet up with nearby schools and do a joint picket at a prominent intersection. Last week we met up with Barton teachers at Lake & Hennepin, the heart of Uptown.
Afternoons, all sites meet at one location. Usually I hang with the boys during that time instead, but sometimes we all go to the afternoon meet together. The Capitol one, for instance, I thought would be a cool one for them to be a part of.
Tuesday last week was glorious weather, so in the afternoon we decided to wander Downtown for funsies. We ended up at Target Field, and thoroughly enjoyed their sunny plaza.
Henry headed up the snow mountain
Charlie and I did separate experiments melting snow/ice chunks on the hot concrete and seeing where the drips flowed
Then we thought about melting them on the hot copper sculptures, and it was truly fascinating. Charlie, as per usual, heated up quickly in the sun.
That afternoon I enjoyed a happy hour with friends in St Paul. I am still in awe at how wonderful it feels to be able to get together with people in restaurants again.
Wednesday we hit the park.
The ice was halfway to melted in a lot of spots, so it made for some great slush/mud/water combos to stop through and mix up.
Clearly the middle of the field is the low point.
It got…um…really deep.
Snow boots were the wrong choice for Henry, since the lining just soaked up all the water.
He decided it would be better to just walk home barefoot. Oh, to be 8!
We had a milestone moment last week. During one of our before-bed reading sessions, both of our yoga balls sprung irreparable leaks. It was very weird timing, since one of them was like 5 years older than the other! I had bought the big one when Charlie was a baby, and our previous hand-me-down ball popped. Life without a ball is just not okay for Charlie, so I had to bring him with me, baby screams and all, to buy a replacement. Eleven years later, he made the same request of me. This time there was no crying, though 🙂
Henry really liked the juxtaposition of himself on the new big ball, and Charlie on the new little ball.
Thursday we hit the Mill City Museum, which had been closed for a looooong time due to the pandemic. They were so happy to be back, and it did not disappoint. The water room is the favorite. You can see them both in this next pic, Charlie in the foreground, and Henry in the blue hoodie behind him, figuring something out with another random blondie.
We love the old commercials
After a few weeks of Family Dinner at our house, it was fun to be back in Little Canada. Nora re-discovered the sandbox
Uncle Joe always comes up with unique ideas for fun, and kids love him.
I got up from the dinner table at one point, and what I saw filled my heart with joy. She just loves Cha-chi.
He’s getting so big!
I spent this past weekend in Grand Marais, hanging out with Jalene and her daughter.
They live right in town, so we took a nice little walk to enjoy the puddles and grab some lunch at the Angry Trout.
It was delightful all around!
The view out the window of the restaurant
I got to do puzzles, play games–mostly Guess Who (she always chose one of the four girl characters), and read books. She’s almost 4, and it’s such a cool age.
Tina hosted a taco party that Sunday, which I thought I was going to miss since I was out of town. But the party kept on going through the beautiful sunny day, so I arrived back in the Cities to find a backyard of friends to hang out with!
Including my friend who’s real new in town!
This week has been colder and rainier/snowier, so we’ve been doing a lot of Legos in the afternoons, which is restorative and joyful for both the boys and me.
Still, I look forward to more sunshine soon!