Wading Pool is Open

The pool opened a little early due to the warm weather. As soon as I mentioned it to the kids they wanted to go over. Liam had hurt his knee while on rollerblades because of something Helena did (forget the details) so he didn’t go in completely, but he still splashed the girls.

Can you spot which leg hurts?

Helena spinning Ada around.



Did I mention that it got a little cold by the end?


With three new pairs of inline skates (Ada’s still a bit wary of them) we decided to go to the lake for some skating. My intention was to have Ada skate a bit, but she only made it about 50 feet away before she wanted to turn back and get her scooter. Helena and (especially) Liam were much more willing to give it a shot. Helena wanted to go all the way around the lake with Liam. Ada was supposed to stay with me, but she took off with them. But they did make it all the way around Lake of the Isles, which is 2.86 miles.

Liam does the splits (again)

Liam has learned really quickly.

Ada on her scooter.

Conspiring the trek around the lake.

Liam will wear long sleeved shirts even in 80 degree weather even if warned.

Helena laughing.

Ada taking a break.

Downtown Trip

The kids have been asking to go to Candyland again, so we all (including Helena’s friend Elaina) took the bus downtown.

Ada was talking about getting shoestring licorice all week, but once we got there she decided to get the jelly beans again. She always wants the small (and more expensive) gourmet jelly beans. Helena and Elaina both got popcorn, which is something new for Helena, and Liam did get the shoestring licorice, which he tied into knots continuously.

We then went to Panera to get some drinks and sit outside in the nice weather. I was busy hiding their candy whenever one of the kids went inside for a fruit punch refill.

Ada on the bus

Probably talking about boys.

Lots of choices.

This is what she came for, but then got distracted by the jelly beans once again.


Eating outside on Nicollet Mall.


Feeding the birds.

This was taken moments before security came and told us to get off the fountain. Oops.

Waiting for the bus.

Weather Radar

On the way home from dropping a kid off at a sleepover there was a sale in an alley by our house. There were a pair of rollerblades for Ada for $4.

And I was already headed over to another house to look for a pair for Liam via Craigslist. We did get them, and Liam rode them home without incident (well, except for not being able to stop without holding onto Ada who was on her scooter).

A few blocks from home we began to hear tornado sirens. We made it in just in time. Ada was in tears and was afraid that lighting was going to “struck her” so we’re all down in the basement looking at the radar.

Liam: “What is the green?”

Me: “That’s rain”

“What is the light green?”

“That’s light rain”

“What is the dark green?”

“Think about it, Liam”

“Oh, heavy rain?”

“Yes, Liam”


“What is the orange?”

Liam Does a Split

I got Helena a pair of rollerblades at a garage sale and they fit Liam as well. The day before he was saying how he wanted a pair of roller skates and I told him that hardly anyone uses them anymore but I can try to find him a pair of rollerblades. He was unconvinced, but once he put Helena’s on, he was quite happy with them. Except with all the rain this week, when he came up onto the porch, the wet wood made his legs go out from underneath him.

I didn’t get a photo of him doing the splits, but he was still laughing about it, and was still trying to get up.