Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Minnesota State Fair 2017

It was a kid-free trip to the fair this year.  As usually, we arrived early, about 8am, on Saturday morning.  The fair is so calm and quiet this early.
One of the new attractions was a giant ferris wheel.  We didn't ride it, but it was SO big!
Hey Charger...
Hey Miranda...
Hey cows...
Hey KARE 11...
Hey butter sculptures
The best part of the fair this year was getting to be a part of KFAN's Power Trip Morning show.  They play a game called initials on Fridays and I love.  They were playing single rounds with fans at the fair and I got chosen.  It may or may not have been because I was jumping out of my seat.  I didn't win, but it was a fun experience.  I even has a couple friends text once they heard me on the radio.
If you want to listen to our interaction you can do so here.  I grabbed AJ after to say hey and take a picture.  He makes the show bearable and cleans it up, which I appreciate.
Jimmy's favorite part was the food!  We tried a lot of knew stuff this year and may have to try to do the same next year.  cheese curds, sweet corn dog, big fat bacon, roasted corn, scotch egg, monte cristo, pork chop on a stick, mini donuts, and BBQ baked potato.  So yummy and not too much when you share it.  Can't wait to be back next year.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kindergarten Open House

Kindergarten.  It can't be time for Kindergarten already!  This year has been a crazy summer of changes and this is the next one.  Parker's open house was on Thursday.  I met his teacher  and a whole team of folks in the spring when we first started preparing for his transition.  Parker got to meet his primary special ed teacher for the first time.  It was Parker's first time in his new school and he did great.
 He has his own cubby in the room instead of a shared locker.  There are 7 kids in his K/1 class, many of which he has been in school with over the last 2.5 years.  
 He also has a spot in one of the mainstream classes, but will be spending most of his day in special ed.  I was so excited to see his name included on the list and a spot for him at the table.  Both of his teachers are wonderful and I know Parker will love them.

Friday, September 1, 2017

August Catch-Up

August was a bit jumbled with the move and everything, so here is a catch-up post of what we've been up to the last few weeks.  I will have a separate post of house projects.  We've been park hopping all summer and checked out Brookview in Golden Valley for a family date night.  It is newly remodeled and has a ton of great structures.
 Parker had a neurosurgery follow-up this month as well.  No new developments on that front, but the doctor likes to follow-up annually.  He is the expert and would see things we don't notice, so I don't mind.  He did great in the appointment and didn't fuss to much for the exam.  He stayed pretty compliant when snacks are involved.
 Fashionista Esme showing off her jean jacket.
 Our small group gathered at our house for the first time to share a meal.  We also went around to each room and prayed over it.  It was a great house-warming.
 The high school ladies got together for an escape room and dinner.  We finally got out a couple minutes over, but it was so fun!
 We got our first look at our new church on Wednesday.  There is still a lot of work to be done, but grand opening is this week, so they gotta make it happen!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Birthday Festivities 2017

Our birthday was today!  It's the 10th time Jimmy and I have celebrated together and I am finally getting used to it.  As usually we've been taking full advantage of free birthday food.  My parents took the kids last night and we went out to Red Robin.
I normally don't splurge for appetizers, but make an exception when we are both getting free meals.  The onion ring tower is the best!
I downed the Royal Red Robin and Jimmy gobbled up the Bleu Ribbon.
 Here is the other free grub I've had so far this month.
 I volunteered to work this morning since they were short a couple people.  It was a pretty easy day and one of my co-workers got me a huge Texas Donut!  This is way better than a card and the whole family got to share it.
I spent the rest of the day doing house projects that I will share later.  Hazard of moving right before your birthday I suppose.  Until next year!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Esme June - 16 Months Old

Esme is 16 months old today.  It's her first monthly picture in the new house.  I really like the backdrop of our front garden and will try to use it as long as weather permits.  She looks like such a big girl in this one.  She is now rarely crawling and is getting very fast and agile on her feet.  She is also becoming quite the climber (and subsequent faller.)  There is a video below of her climbing up the slide at the old house.  She really loves crawling all over Parker and getting in his face.  It is really cute watching them interact each day.

She is become a bit of a pickier eater.  Combine that with a love of throwing food off her high chair and we end of with a mess after every meal.  She is babbling and talking a ton.  She will try to say just about anything we ask her to.  Jimmy was gently scolding her about playing in the toilet, saying "out."  She waddled out going "ow, ow, ow."  She can get in to just about everything now so we have to keep a close eye on her.  Still in 18 month clothing and size 4 diapers.

Some of her favorite toys are the Fisher Price piggy bank, Nemo couch, mom's phone, mom's purse, and anything Parker is currently playing with.  She seems to really love the new house, which makes me happy.  Welcome home baby bear, we can't wait to celebrate many more milestones here!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Visitors from Nebraska

The cousins we stayed with over the Fourth of July came to Minnesota for a visit; Ramsy, Angie, Presley, Lydia, and Rogan Robertson. .  We went to the beach on Saturday afternoon.  For some reason I thought it was Esme's first time, but we went once last summer when she was really little.  It took some encouragement for her to get in the water.  It was chilly at first, but nice once we got in.  The weather was hit or miss and it got cold when the sun was behind the clouds for a while.
Nothing like Fruit on the Foot to take off the chill.
The kids started jumping off the dock so my dad had to show of his skills.
 We went back to my parents for dinner and to hang out.
 The girls loved doting on Esme again.  Ramsy was up for our wedding, but it was the first visit for the rest.  Hopefully we will get to see them again soon.