Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cultural Fair Spring 2015

May 2015. Still working on it.

So in May we attended james' cultural fair. It felt a little different this year. His classroom didn't seem to have a country that they studied. It was just a collection of their work from the year. No matter. It's always nice to see what James is up to at school!


The day's learning targets were still on the board.



I spy James!


And closer. He really has embraced that he's a beautiful brown, I guess! (I do stress that at home :)


His desk.



Oh my! He's messy!



SeƱora Middleton and James.


The parents were told to assemble in the gym for a short 2nd grade performance.





And we followed the music to the cafeteria for snacks and to watch dancing!


James did not dance. You know I would have captured that if he had!


Fun night :)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween 2015

I know I'm very, very behind on my blogging.

Don't you want to see what James looks like these days?

It will be hard to see because he's under a mask :)


He is SUPER. A superhero, Captain America!


At around 6pm he went to go see if his friend Caden would be trick or treating soon. He ran back and wanted to leave ASAP because kids were out! He hurried into his costume and we were off. He joined up with his neighbor friends- Caden, Sawyer, Gunnar, Logan.




This year James requested Minecraft pumpkins.



We didn't stay outside for very long. Less than an hour? Some quick circles around the neighborhood.

James and his haul. Smaller than usual but that's okay because he's kinda picky.


And some hot chocolate and a good book. Captain America loves to read, you know!


James declared Halloween his second favorite holiday, after Christmas of course!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Me. Sporty Spice.


My sporty spice days were limited. It was pretty difficult to get to Maple Grove for the Moms on the Run program, and it didn't help that many days were cancelled due to rain/storms. And then I started to have some health issues.


I look fresh and new here!


Mother's Day weekend 2015

We took my Mom out for a dinner in Minneapolis. Just the girls!


Laughs and wine!



The next day my boys took me out to a fancy brunch and movie!


I couldn't resist taking one of each of the chocolate desserts! Cake pops, mini eclairs, tiramisu in a cjhocolate cup, cream puffs, and something something with its own chocolate spoon. Heaven!


I felt loved!



And then a movie! Avengers!


Happy Mother's Day!



Wolfie comes with us most everywhere. Unfortunately he is quite famous for pooping in restaurant booths! How embarassing!


Scooting around



Homework by candlelight


Okay not really. But Wolfie helps! Early May.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Around the Lakes

The yard work was done in early May. The back yard was dug up, filled in, packed, and finished off with sod. I'm sure there was more to it than that but that's my summary.

These pictures are from a long weekend around the 'hood.






We always brake for lemonade stands!



The neighbor kids were excited to come over and check out our snapping turtle! From a distance, of course.



Almost ready for the sod.



In the middle of May I heard that the Blaine teens were having Nerf wars at the nearby park. I was annoyed that some of the uppity neighbors were complaining about the kids having some harmless (loud) fun. The kids were warned by the local police and resumed their wars. I knew James would be interested so I took him to watch from a distance.


I was angry and disappointed that they took out the Confederate flag. I got out of the car and made my presence known. It was taken down pretty quickly, but I don't think because of me. I had to get James out of there and sadly tell him that they made a bad choice. Support withdrawn. Stupid move, kids.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My Stuff May 2015

I took students on a couple field trips in May. I love college visits. I wish I had that opportunity in middle school so I'm happy to take interested, potential students.

This was at Metro State University in St. Paul.



I took another group of kids to a student forum on Social Media. I photo bombed their group selfie, but they were all excited I did.


See? I like a good selfie. I took this one at Moms on the Run. I don't run, but we do fitness walking. I wish I was more consistent with my attendance.



Especially since I bought myself fancy new shoes!