Washburn games which was held at Bryn Mawr Meadows. It was a really well-run event with lots of volunteers and a good turn out. All around the park, kids could participate at different sports stations (about 10+ total). There were many local sponsors and the majority of participants paid a small admission fee and all the money went to the Washburn Center for Children. The center helps kids who have emotional, social or behavioral problems.
So in conclusion, her favorite activity at this sports event was actually the expansive craft table (which we visited twice and she also seems thrilled with the grab bag and hardcover books we got at the end). This is a cool event though for kids who like sports and I would highly recommend it. Even though Harriet generally doesn't like sports, other than swimming, I felt like I wanted to push her a little to expand her horizons and maybe find something else that she likes, so, uh, mixed success on that. We will keep trying....
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Lucia, Grace and Harriet the naturalists. They loved going out into the field, catching insects (some kids got a giant toad) and then bringing them back to the observation tent.
They dumped the contents of the nets out and then put the cool stuff in little jars for everyone to see.
At the end of the night we sat on a blanket, drank the new glarus cherry beer we brought, watched the beautiful sunset while our girls held hands and danced to the music up by the stage. It was one of those moments that for just a little bit, our busy lives slowed down and I just sat back and thought about what a wonderful life we are able to lead.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Monarch Festival at Nokomis. I heard about it from a friend at work and apparently it has been going on for years unbeknownst to me. We saw dozens of people we knew there, which made it even more fun. Harriet was the absolutely perfect age for this, Eloise was a bit young. There was a parade, puppet shows, crafts, demos, monarch tagging and releasing, food and bands throughout the day. We went at the beginning for the kids' butterfly parade. We had kind of thought that Eloise would be in it too so we were going to let her wear the butterfly wings. Harriet needed a costume so I came up with something quick and made her into a caterpillar. Her costume was really a hit!
Her favorite thing she made is this finger puppet we finished at home. Hours of entertainment. We also finished up a clay caterpillar by baking it home.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this event to anyone. It was very well organized and it entertained, educated and engaged kids.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Lake Maria State Park with some of our friends and their kids.
Harriet swimming at Cedar Lake.
Patriotic at the Edina 4th of July parade with our buddy Lachlan.
Harriet wanted a Meloetta in battle form (!?) cake so that's what I made her. It's from Pokemon, but she doesn't really know much about pokemon, but a friend at daycare is really into it so she is too.
Harriet's best buds from daycare, Achille and Gracie. Achille moved back to France and so it was very fun for them to reunite. They spent a lot of time together while he was back for 2 weeks.
Gracie's dad, Ryan Liestman, playing at Lake Harriet. Achille and Harriet get close to the action on stage. Harriet seemed to be having the best night of her life that night.
My dad's semi-retirement party at Muffuletta. Starting Aug. 1, he has been going half time at the county attorney's office. A big milestone for him.
Steve and Harriet went to the State Fair together.
We did a lot of biking this summer now that Eloise fits nicely into the seat on the back of my bike (formerly Steve's bike). Last year she would have fit in there, but her head is so small no helmets fit her. Even this year it doesn't fit snugly, but we felt she was safe. She loved being on the bike and Harrriet loved having her bike along too. Above enjoying some ice cream at Calhoun.
Well I think those are some of the highlights. It has been a VERY busy summer for us and so far the fall continues to be the same. Hard to sit down and write something.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
We had a very busy end to the summer. The exclamation point was the wedding of my younger brother Adam and my new sister-in-law Ari. We took Harriet out of her second day of school early so we could get on the road to Milwaukee. We made surprisingly good time driving down and were able to make it to a BBQ Ari's aunt and uncle hosted. It was nice to meet a lot of Ari's extended family. Bonus, we got to meet our new niece Sofia who lives in London.
On Friday we explored downtown Milwaukee a bit and made a visit to the Milwaukee Public Museum with my mother, father and his girlfriend Vicki.
Friday night we had a rehearsal/groom's dinner in the Third Ward at a place called Kasana. We dropped the girls back at the condo and Christina's college roommate and friend Meagan babysat for us so we could go back and have a night out with everyone.
Saturday was wedding day and we had varied schedules and places to be up until the mid-afternoon ceremony (I was the best man). I hung out with my brothers, Adam and Dave, Ari's step-brother David and Adam's friend AJ. I ate way too much cheese, shot some atrocious pool, then got dressed.
Fast forward a couple hours and we're in the old safe room at the Pritzloff building while my childhood Rabbi, Ron, went through the blessing to wed Ari and Adam. They also signed their wedding katubah.
Then the guests gathered and were seated. The ceremony was done "in the round" kind of like a Shakespeare play or the U2 360 tour.
Everything is a bit of a blur here. Christina and I were working to keep the girls calm and focused. Christina had to be in her seat in front (as she was reading early in the service) and we wanted a target for the girls to walk towards. I walked in with Ari's sister Jesse. And then..
#mcedelmanwedding was the official hash tag for guests to use for all things related to Adam and Ari's wedding.
Sunday we had a beautiful brunch at Ari's parents' house. Here is a photo of the three cousins, little Sofia is 3 months old.
After a nice meal and some more time chatting with everyone we got back on the road. It was probably the most packed four days we've ever had, but it was a great weekend. The wedding couldn't have been better, we saw/chatted with a lot of people and we are thrilled for Ari and Adam.