September 2, 2014
Ava is at her first day of kindergarten right now. Everything went smoothly this morning. Except for her little panic episode at 6am when she came into our bedroom crying and said, “Mommy! What if I can’t find my classroom AND I loose my backpack!”
She was having a little anxiety about her new adventure. So I let her crawl in bed and I promised her that I’d meet the bus at school to make sure she found the classroom. My only tears this morning were just after I made that promise. She snuggled into me and whispered, “Hold me close, Mommy.” And I did with a few tears.
Of course I captured every moment with pictures. And I made Erik capture it in video. We are only doing this once so I wanted to make sure we captured it.
Then I walked to school to meet the bus. I’m glad I did because when I was waiting for Ava’s bus, I noticed a very little boy standing on the boulevard all alone. I smiled and said hello. I asked him if he needed help. He looked so relieved that I talked to him. With a tear running down his cheek, he quietly said, “Yes.”. So I introduced myself and made small talk with him while I searched for someone to help him. Surprisingly there was no one around. After this experience I was happy that I was there for Ava because I didn’t like thinking of her standing there lost like that sweet little boy.
So what I am doing today? I’m going to Whole Foods for lunch and then to a movie. It’s a vacation day that I’ve been waiting to take for five and a half years.
Before I go to lunch, I have a couple quotes from Pinterest that made me think of this experience of sending your child to kindergarten.
September 2, 2014
Erik has been spending almost all of his free time working on our side driveway project. (I really need to come up with a better name for it.) After the driveway was done, he built a retaining wall and did some landscaping. And now he is onto the next thing: building his new shed. Here are the before and after photos.
Stay tuned for another update when the shed is complete! (No pressure, Erik.)
August 12, 2014
I’ve been kind of absent from hovnet the last few weeks because we have been busy. Below are some photos from one of our projects keeping us busy. But first, here’s how we got into this mess…errrr…home improvement project.
1) The first project was to hire a company to put in a fence so we could get a dog.
2) That made us realize that we really should do something about the ugly retaining wall on the side of the house so we don’t have to redo the fence at a later date.
3) Which made us realize that we might as well pour the foundation for Erik’s new workshop/shed while we are doing the side driveway.
And so it began…
The next step required some help from Erik’s family — who happen to own a masonry company. What luck!
The concrete is done but Erik is still working on building a new retaining wall and finishing up the fence. I’ll post some “after” pictures when it’s all done.
August 12, 2014
Erik went to fishing camp again last month. It’s not really called that. But I affectionately refer to it as fishing camp. Here’s an earlier post that tells you why.
As always, Erik had a great time. He caught some monster walleyes. Yes. The fish below are walleye.
Erik also had his 20 year reunion the weekend after so Ava and I had fun while he was away. Here are a few pictures from our adventures.
July 29, 2014
It’s almost August! Only about five weeks until my baby starts kindergarten. Sighhhhh….
Until that happens we are going to continue our summer fun. We have been having a great summer. Here are a few pictures of our fun.
And finally, we have season passes to Valley Fair this summer. So we have been frequent visitors there — mainly at the Planet Snoopy section of the park.
We are lucky to have such fun summers with family and friends and make these wonderful memories.
July 29, 2014
This is the third year Ava has participated in Minnetonka’s “Park Program”. I put it in quotes because that is not the official name of it. I think it’s Summer Adventure Club or something like that. We prefer Park Program.
They do crafts, games, read books, and play on the park equipment at Park Program. The leaders are college students that really enjoy kids. They are assisted by high school kids who also enjoy kids. This year was super fun because Ava’s cousin Caleb was also in her program.
Minnetonka Park and Rec runs programs for different age groups all over Minnetonka and Hopkins. At the end of the program in late July, they hold a carnival for the kids. This was the first year we went. I suspect we will back again next year because Ava had such a blast.
Oh, it is good to be a kid during summertime!
July 13, 2014
We drove to Duluth yesterday to attend a surprise birthday party for Erik’s brother’s wife, Jenna. There was a live band, great food, and lots of fun.
Not surprisingly, Ava was the first person to hit the dance floor. She really got the party started.