The past several weeks have been filled with cooler temps and shorter days. Sophia continues her piano lessons and gymnastics every week. Sebastian started basketball a few weeks ago and had his first tournament this past weekend. Mike took a work trip to Santa Clara, California. My photography has been neglected due to busy weekends and the lack of daylight when I finally leave work for the day. Here are the few photos that I’ve taken since late October.
I missed blogging about many special events that occurred during April, May and June. Here’s my chance at a quick catch up.
Nana Karen celebrated a birthday in April. Although their trip to Duluth to celebrate was delayed, we enjoyed a belated birthday dinner at a local Japanese restaurant. The kids tried their hand at using chopsticks and watching an onion volcano.
Sebastian worked on his Duluth project for social studies class during April and May. He was given the task of researching a local landmark/event. He was assigned Grandma’s Marathon – the largest draw of tourists our city sees during any weekend during the year. He spent several weeks working on research, writing content, locating photos and creating a poster board. He even talked his Mom into photographing the headquarters building for his poster board. He presented the poster after school and received an A on the project. Well done Sebastian!
There were lots of play dates and time outdoors during the month of May despite the cool temperatures. Notice the winter jacket Sophia is wearing during some outdoor fun with a neighborhood friend in early May.
Sebastian had his band concert on May 16. He came a long way from November when he first began playing the baritone. He practiced his instrument faithfully every morning before school and it paid off. Another “A” on his report card for band.
Baseball practice got under way in April and May – all indoors due to the snow. There were even indoor practices that canceled due to snowstorms and poor driving conditions. The season finally began during mid-May. It was cold and many parents wore winter jackets and were wrapped in blankets, but we were all glad that the season was finally underway!
Sophia had her BIG piano recital at UMD’s Weber Music Hall. She handled it like a pro even though she had only been taking lessons for just shy of six months. She had a house full of fans – two cousins, two aunts, an uncle, two grandmas, a grandpa, her parents and her brother. Well done Sophia!
Memorial weekend was spent at Mike’s parents’ cabin in northern Minnesota. The weather was a bit chilly, but the cousins enjoyed their time together. It was too cold for tubing or water skiing, but we were able to go for a nice pontoon ride and see nesting eagles. Mike also took the old boat out with the kids for a “speed boat” ride around the lake.
The end of the school year brought many field trips and activities for the kids. Sophia’s class performed a play/musical that they put on for the whole school and also had a second performance for families. All of the practice at home and school paid off. The whole class did a wonderful job!
We had the burial and graveside service for my Dad on May 31. We all met back at my Mom’s house after the service and luncheon to help with a few things around the farm. I took some photos of the old buildings that are no longer used. The old garage was going to be torn down and a new one put up. We explored the inside and found cardboard boxes that had been nailed to the walls back in the 1930’s or 1940’s for insulation. A few pencil drawings were on some of the boxes. They were dated the early 1950’s and were done by the daughter of the previous owner.
Sebastian’s commitment to his studies during the school year paid off. He was awarded a special honor for having straight A’s during the school year and perfect attendance. He was given four tickets to a Minnesota Twins game…on my birthday! Thanks for a great birthday present Sebastian. It was a blast!! Despite some rain, the game went on and the Twins won the game in the bottom of the 9th inning with a walk off triple.
On our way home from the Twin Cities, we stopped by Gordy’s Hi-Hat for a birthday dinner. We enjoyed some not-so-healthy, but delicious food.
The last day of school was cool and rainy – kind of a theme for the entire spring. Sophia and Sebastian let me snap a couple of photos before they left for their final day of 3rd grade and 6th grade.
The weather has finally taken a turn now that it is the end of June. The high today is 82 degrees and the ten-day forecast is for highs in the 70’s and 80’s. No 50’s or 60’s anytime soon. We are all looking forward to a great summer ahead!!
The high temperature was 61 degrees today. The snow is melting, the birds are singing and spring is finally here! To celebrate the day’s warmth and Sophia’s second piano recital performance, we stopped by Dairy Queen to enjoy some ice cream treats. We ventured over to Canal Park to view Lake Superior at dusk.
Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny and 69 degrees. Spring has sprung!