Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yinghua parade

I love Yinghua - I love the school, the teachers, everything. I only struggle with one thing. Sometimes there is just a little language barrier.

Last week I picked Aidan up from Chinese Math Camp at the school and I happened to run into Aidan's teacher. After the initial exchange of pleasantries our conversation went something like this.

Fang LaoShi - "Hi, Hi - are you coming to parade tonight?

Me - "Oh, the Northeast Minneapolis parade is the 22nd, I totally forgot!"

Fang LaoShi - "You should come! Yes! There will be lots of Yinghua families there! We meet at xxxx house at 5:00 p.m.

Me - "Well, I wouldn't want to invite myself to your party, are you sure?"

Fan LaoShi -"Yes, yes, you should come! Bring Aidan! We have so much fun! You should come!"

So we went. And as soon as I pulled up to the house I noticed all the kids were in Chinese costumes........ all the parents were in red T-shirts........... (did I mention it was 95 degrees that day????) and parent volunteers were decorating wagons............. suddenly it dawned on me, I was going to be in the parade, not watching the parade!

We were #25 in the Northeast Minneapolis Annual parade. Our kids danced and sang {almost} the whole 2 miles. No one passed out from heat exhaustion, not even Betsy the principal in her traditional garb.

Aidan loved handing out tattoo's and candy to the crowd. He took his time so he could make sure not to miss a single person. (If I might brag for a moment, he really is a sweet boy and it made me so proud to watch him!) Thankfully his earnestness caused him to run out of tattoo's rather quickly because he kept lagging way behind and making me nervous.

So my friends, that is a recap of our evening at the parade. We ended the night with a root beer float at a local creamery while we rested our aching feet. And we have some good memories thanks to Fang LaoShi.

Enjoy the pictures! (and they are backwards, so if you care you should start at the bottom and scroll up.)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Little Cherry Picker

This year we have had a bumper crop of cherries! The last two years our trees barely produced but this year I am happy to report that despite major weekend storms and helpful little creatures who eat all my cherries we here on Second Street should have plenty of cherry cordial to pass out this Christmas.

Any excuse to climb a tree.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

First and Last

Last day of school for Aidan.
I cannot believe the year is over. What an amazing year it was.

First official sleepover the same night.
I cried.

First dentist appointment, and....... first cavities. That made me want to cry too, until a good friend told me her son had the same problems. Phew...... I thought it was the hygiene at my house.

First massage, me. Yes, really.
Laying still for an hour is very hard for me. Initially I was so relaxed that I burst into tears but she then told me she would work hard to help me let go of my negative energy. Wrong thing to say to me as I tensed up and started mentally reviewing my to-do list. Maybe next time. And I won't even get into how sweaty she was with make-up rolling down her face, all a result of the healing energy she was imparting to me.

First days at YMCA camp. Oh, so fun.

First time to march in a parade. (both Aidan and myself, and I promise a blog-post will come)

First warm, summer days at the pool.

First game at the new Twins stadium for me. Thanks MB.
I will admit, I can see the allure. The new stadium is fabulous. (this coming from a total anti-sporting events person.)

First time in my personal blog history that I have not photographed all these events.

Here's the few I do have. Hopefully I will do better with the rest of the summer.

How about your summer? Are you enjoying the long days and lazy mornings?

We are.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

I have a great one.

So does James.

and Aidan is a pretty lucky little boy too.

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Remember when?

This post (and the two photos below) are from two summers ago.

"Only a few weeks of "farmer's market weather" left! Aidan is hoping to go again this weekend, (as am I) except this time he wants Daddy to come too - and he wants to bring the bikes too, so we can ride along the Mississippi riverfront. We'll see..... maybe we will have more pictures to post on Monday! (That is a not-so-subtle-hint, James!) "

Check out my photo from this past weekend.

Same spot.......... same kid?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Another piece of art

courtesy of my neighbor.
Originally I had asked if he could attach a hose hanger onto my trellis.
He didn't think that was such a great idea, so instead he made me this.

Pretty neat, isn't it?
Thanks Mitch!

Kind of makes my old hose look, well, old.

And my clematis has made itself very comfortable on the trellis he made. And the trellis is also starting to rust, which is what I wanted it to do. Love it!

In case you were wondering he welcomes drop in shoppers! Ask Jane, (James' mom.)

She came up Friday to watch Aidan's school performance and picked up a balancing man for her desk at work.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

peony post

some from my garden

some from the Farmer's Market.

Don't you love the pink and yellow together?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Their Virgin Voyage

This year we took both Aidan and my parents to the Boundary Waters for the very first time.

The good news is - we all survived.

We had more than enough fish to eat, lots of sunshine and good company.

Aidan remarked just this morning that he would like to have some desserts next time we go, but other than that and a little sunburn, we were no worse for the wear.

My mom has already blogged that we left our house at 3:00 am. That way we could eat a nice breakfast,

stop and pick up our permits,

our canoes,

and be in the water by 9:00 am.

Headed out to the open waters!

Our trip consisted of lots of canoeing and very little portaging. We canoed across Moose Lake which is a "tow lake" for most people. But not us!!!!!!

James, my mom and I were busy setting up camp. So my dad thought it would be a good idea "for Aidan" if they just started fishing.

They had the pole in the water for less than five minutes when...................

................Aidan caught a fish.

I hurried to grab my camera so I could take a picture and in the meantime Aidan caught another walleye.

At this point James decided fishing would be much more rewarding than setting up camp, so
it was up to my mom and I to pump water, chop wood and finish organizing the camp.

Our campsite will remain a secret.


Because let me tell you, with that campsite we really hit the mother lode.

The only drawback was that our tents had to be right next to each other and unfortunately someone in each tent snored.

But we had bountiful offshore fishing, a cool breeze, privacy, wild roses, a beaver dam (for a constant wood supply) and later this summer some lucky camper will have wild strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for breakfast.

I think this is one of the last fishing photos I took because the novelty began to wear off.

A few rain clouds started to roll in so I literally had to beg, plead and coerce the men to put down their poles and help us with a tarp shelter.

Dinner for night one.

Gathering wood

My mom sawing wood.


Nursing some bug-bites.

He already has plans to take his wife to the BWCA someday!

The last morning James and I were up early to take down the camp and we found Aidan sprawled across all three thermarests.

The morning we left the wind started off calm but we fought a fierce wind most of the way back. And no sooner had we packed up our gear and put the canoes back on top of the car, than a huge rainstorm hit. I am glad we made it out while we did.

And after a few days of healthy eating, we stopped at Gordy's in Cloquet for some burgers and ice cream.

Butterscotch malts.......................Mmmmm............ A perfect ending to a perfect trip.