Typical Weekend These Days

Summertime is by far my favorite time of the year. It’s warm, there’s sunshine and the daylight seems to last forever. I suppose the latter is only good for me, not so much for getting Ella to sleep. She has down the Frozen quote “The sky is awake, so I’m awake.” That’s neither here nor there.

Since arriving three weeks ago, we’ve had a lot of rain. Like record rainfall – over four inches last Thursday. Unfortunately for Josh, much of this rainfall has come on the weekends. Not this weekend, well Saturday.

I spent my early Saturday morning hours with some mother runners getting in my long run for the week. We breezed through 11 miles chatting away about kids, training, life in Minnesota and house hunting (don’t even get me started on how much I loath house hunting right now). We were lucky enough to see a handful of deer, a few pheasants and hear birds chirping as we ran through the Elm Creek Reserve.

ELm Creek Park Trail

When I got home about 9:30, we packed up the kids, some snacks and towels, and made our way over to a lake. Minnesota problems – deciding which of the two lakes within 1.5 miles of us we wanted to go to. We decided on Shady Oak. Great decision, we all played in the sand and water, laughing as fish circled our legs.

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As lunch time approached, we decided we better get home and feed everyone so that we could do nap time. After naptime we met our friends Peter and Rachel for the German Festival at an old brewery in St. Paul. I really enjoyed my pretzel and beer.

german festival

A couple people were doing balloon animals and such for tips. Ella requested a necklace. The first failed attempt got her a dog too. Unfortunately the dog popped, well part of it, and looked rather phallic, so we had to throw that away. Didn’t want Ella walking around holding a penis shaped balloon.

We left the festival and enjoyed dinner outside at a little restaurant near Peter and Rachel’s house in Minneapolis. By the time we finished dinner and gone to get ice cream, it was already after 9. We had no idea how the time flew by. Summer nights are the best!

Sunday we woke to rain which disrupted our plans to go to a baseball game. Of course it cleared after we’d already decided not to go. There will be plenty more to go to. It ended up being a lazy day after we decided to forego looking at houses since we only had mild interest in the new listings.

As much as I miss Colorado, weekends like this are really nice.

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