Highland Fest

The “rides” at Highland Fest (all air-filled things) were poor this year compared to the last time we went, and probably just as expensive, so we didn’t do much there. But the girls got some┬ásouvenirs (stuffed snakes from the Hmong merchants) and we got to climb up the water tower which they liked once again.


Liam’s Last Summer of Rec Soccer

Luckily for us, Liam happened to be the same colour jersey this year and the old one fit, so I didn’t have as much laundry to do.

Ada and Helena were still good about going to the games – they didn’t always want to go, but the weather was almost always nice.

Although, like dad, Ada doesn’t always like the bright sun.


Trip Downtown to the River

The free parking spaces were gone, so I dropped the kids off by the Stone Arch Bridge and parked. When I got back, the kids hadn’t gotten far on their scooters. I guess they knew enough not to get to far along.

We were lucky and got to see a barge go through the lock, which is why all the people are seen looking over the bridge.

It was a very wet May, so the river was very high. It would pretty much be the last rain of the year.

Later, we parked our scooters in the Guthrie on the ground floor and then went upstairs to see the glass floor and to look around downtown.

Then I told my kids about The Old Spaghetti Factory, which is where the spaghetti that is eaten around the whole world is made. Well, not the entire world, but at least the Western Hemisphere. That sure got their attention.

So I put more quarters into the parking meter (well, the electronic one) after I helped someone else with it and then just narrowly averted getting killed in a car accident that happened as I was crossing the street. The kids were safely inside the factory taking photos.

Somebody really liked the meatballs. But Ada always likes meatballs.

Lemonade Stand

The number of customers was down quite a bit from last year, but the kids were happy to set up in the neighbors’ driveway so that they could supply the players and spectators at the Park and Rec baseball game across the street. They were particularly happy when the game was over and a girl in a van yelled out that it was great tasting lemonade.

And, no, the car is not going to run the kids over – that is just the reflection from the flash.