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!

 

Me.

 

Friends

It's better than a "No Girls Allowed" sign!

 

Translation: "Warning only James and stuffed friends"

 

My Kid

Loves chocolate!

 

Date Night- Brew Tour 4/24/15

April's date night was a brewery tour, all set up by Jimmy!

This Bitter bus took us to three different breweries to tour and sample. It was a great idea, Jimmy!

 

There were only three couples on this tour, plus the couple that owns/runs the tour. We all kinda stuck together the whole night.

 

 

We received these wooden tokens at each stop, good for a pint of beer/drink each.

 

 

Mine is the IPA, Jim's is the dark bitter beer, of course.

 

 

 

Selfie at the first location- Harriet Brewing Co. in Minneapolis.

 

We had a behind the scenes tour of the brewing process. Pitchers of beer offered. Very generous :)

 

The second stop was Dangerous Man Brewing Company, also in Minneapolis. It's a pretty busy place normally but the rain kept people away, we think. Good for us!

 

 

We did NOT get a tour here.

Beers.

 

 

 

Finally, the third location was Sociable Cider Werks.

 

 

Jim liked the tables, made from drums?

 

Three are the owners/hosts. They were very friendly, probably part of the job but it felt sincere. I think they love what they do.

 

 

My handsome guy.

 

Another behind the scenes tour, explaining the cider making process.

 

 

 

Obviously geeks are in charge..

 

 

 

 

The breweries do not serve food but local food trucks hang out in the parking lots. At the first stop I had some Cajun food. At the last stop, even though I wasn't hungry, I HAD TO try the goat cheese curds with maple bacon. How could you not? They were delicious.

 

 

The entire tour was only three hours or so. It was just enough time to get a feel for the breweries.. I hope we can go back to some of them, and others. Minneapolis has so many possibilities.

Family Night

My school hosted a family night for the staff and their spouses, kids, etc to celebrate the opening of our newly constructed cafenasium (dual purpose space for cafeteria and gymnasium). I didn't take many pictures of my teacher friends and their families- only catching a few moments when Jim and James enjoyed some hoops.

 

That's the Principal in the center. Good guy.

 

 

 

It was nice to see all the kids running around and to meet friends' spouses!

 

After the family night James couldn't wait to do some math homework, just because! What a great kid!

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Clean up

Near the end of the school year and James' desk was a hot mess. Lots of papers, piles of books, little collectable objects. One day I organized it all.

 

 

His beloved collection of books. He's really into a few series now.

 

"everything is okay"

I was watching a tv show. I guess I was pretty emotionally involved so James came over to console me.

"Take deep breaths, Mom. Remember it's not real. Everything is going to be okay."

 

 

I'm glad he's such a compassionate, sensitive boy!

 

Making faces

 

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The state of our living room

We've gone through several phases of toys. Golf balls everywhere, Legos, Angry Birds, etc. These days it is stuffed animals, or stuffed friends as he calls them. They come downstairs with him every morning, and go up at bedtime.

 

There are actually more of them these days. He is very particular about his stuffed friends. He's been given several by friends/family and If they don't meet his criteria of softness, size, whatever... Well, they don't make it into his club. So please don't buy any for James :) I think he has enough!

 

Fun with friends

It was nice to see the kids out and about! Even with Nerf guns :)

 

Go outside James... Taking a break with iPods.

 

 

They quickly moved on to playing for real. James is quite good at soccer but refuses to be part of a team. Darn.