Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mini-Golfing with our Life Group

For our second summer outing with our life group from church, we went mini-golfing at Lilli Putt in Coon Rapids on Monday.  Jimmy and I came here once or twice years ago and there may have been a thrown club or two.  I vowed to stay calmer this time around and managed to do so.  It probably helped that I won, but I didn't know that until the end.
Fun night with some great friends!

Monday, July 9, 2018


We've been swimming so much this summer and I love having the pool on the deck.  It stays a lot cleaner and is easy to drain and refill.  It's helped that there has been a lot of hot weather too.
 Esme started out the year pretty timid, but has quickly gained confidence and even started climbing up and jumping down.
 Pool season is freezie season too!  Esme is still figuring them out, but at least we don't have to worry about the mess she's making outside.  It's fun watching her try and I know she'll be a pro by next year.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Park Hopping and a Backyard Gate

We hit up a couple new parks this week (and one old one.)  We found this cute bucket swing near the Anoka pool.  It was just the right size for the kids to share.
 Saturday we checked out Hyland Recreation Area in Bloomington.  It has a huge climbing structure and giant slides.  Parker really liked being pushed high on the tire swing.
 Back at our home park Esme asked to go on the big swing.  She looks so big in this picture, not my baby anymore.
Another project we've been working on the last few weeks is gating in our backyard.  My parents came over to help concrete in the posts.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Parker's New Bike

Parker really started getting in to his tricycle last year and has been riding it a lot this spring.  We thought it might be time to get him a bike, so we borrowed a small one from my parents.  It quickly became one of his favorite things to do.  He would talk about it in the car on the way home from adventure club and loved riding up and down our long driveway.  It was time to get him a bigger bike that fit his size.  We stopped at a few stores, but none of them had anything in stock, so I ordered one online from Walmart.  It came a few days later and I couldn't wait to put it together.
 I quickly realized I would need a silly amount of metric allen wrenches.  After striking out with the neighbors I ran to Ace Hardware.  We should be set any future projects now.
It was mostly assembled and didn't take too long to complete once I had the right tools.
Parker was so excited about his new bike!  I was too and forgot to put on his new helmet.  We haven't been making him wear one on the little bike but he sits a lot higher up on this one and there will be a learning curve learning to ride it.  I hadn't filled the tires up the first time out.  Once they were fully inflated he was easily able to pedal the whole driveway.
 It's gonna be a fun summer!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Madison's Place Adaptive Playground

I've been trying to get out to Madison's Place since it opened two years ago.  It's in the eastern suburbs of the twin cities, which makes for a 40 minute drive.  This is the main reason we haven't made it out yet.  I originally heard about it on an autism parents Facebook page.  It's an all inclusive adaptive playground that caters to kids of all abilities.  I became even more interested when I watched the ribbon cutting video and saw one of my co-workers there.  The Madison Claire Foundation is the organization that built the playground.  It turns out Madison was the half-sister if my co-worker and he is on the leadership team.  We finally made a point to get out there on Saturday and we had so much fun!  There was something I had never seen at a playground around every turn.  Esme found all the slides and Parker found all the wheels to spin.
 There is a sensory tunnel that can give kiddos a chance to chill out and calm down.
I was most excited about the adaptive zip line.  Zip lines have been popping up at playgrounds everywhere, but I haven't been able to get Parker to try traditional ones.  This one is easy to sit in an has a latch to keep the kiddo safe.  He really liked it!
 They also have a splash pad on site.  I didn't bring the kid's suits since we only had about an hour, but I did bring a change of clothes in case they wanted to get wet (which they did.)
 This place exceeded all of my expectations.  We are going to have to come back again when we have more time. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Church Paint Night

The women's ministries at church hosted a paint night on Tuesday.  It was a really fun evening of fellowship and I came home with some new artwork.  My mom and I did one of these a couple years ago and it was so fun.  I've been meaning to do another one, but never got around to it.  I was so excited to see church was having one.  It is really neat to see all the different interpretations.  The first picture is the sample we were working off of.
I went with red because I was thinking of putting it in our living room.  We will see where it ends up.