Erin Virginia

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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Summer Recap 2017

Another fun summer is in the books or perhaps I should say in in the blog. This is a massive post. Multiple issues with our MacBook kept me from posting  this summer other than for the girls' birthday. Nonetheless, we had a great summer in the company of friends and family.

Fiona kicked off the summer with her dance recital, and the performing arts overtook the household.


Dance troupes and bands were formed and quickly dissolved, usually in conjunction with bedtime...


...and what remained were impromptu street dances...

...and jam sessions.

A mermaid may even have been involved in the merriment.

We spent hours at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Sculpture Garden in short segments the girls could handle.


All this inspiration resulted in the creation of elaborate birds' nests...

...intricate sparkle tape designs... 

...a crafting scene that would have given Chris a heart attack had he seen it... 

...and a never-ending watercolor array.

On a rare occasion, face painting was allowed.

Sometimes life got a little scary....

(losing power during a storm)

...so forts needed to be built for protection. 

In terms of accomplishments, Eloise started preschool...

...Fiona began kindergarten curriculum...

... and Fiona overcame her initial bicycling fears...

...to lead the way on evening neighborhood walks. 

She may have become over-confidant in her driving abilities.


...but her reading skills truly skyrocketed.

Minnehaha Creek, as always, drew us on afternoons and evenings. 


We tried fishing with the girls, but no bites within two minutes equaled an effort not worth undertaking, in the girls' opinions.

I didn't anticipate that my brother Jamie's purchase of a beautiful boat would so significantly impact our summer, but we spent hours on Lake Minnetonka with family and friends. The girls loved to help drive the boat, jump off the roof and sit in front with arms out while the speed of the boat lifted them off the boat. Eloise often lost the battle to the boat's sway and passed out.











We enjoyed summer water in may other ways: muddy puddles...

...Minnehaha Falls...



Lake Harriet...

...splash pads...

...and walks along the creek to the wooden swing.

The girls began eating salads with us... 

...we still made many trips to Quangs...

...and France and 44 for dinners of Jamon, baguette and soft cheese.

Eloise adds a minute to every morning by sneaking a sip of milk before I add coffee to my mug in the mornings...

...but sometimes they save us time by helping us with the dishes.

We took trips to spend time with family this summer. Sean and Bonny and family visited us for a few days.


Over the Fourth of July weekend, we spontaneously drove to Indiana. We had lots of fun with extended family and hitting the shooting range with Mike.




The girls helped my parents in their garden in Hugo and harvested tomatoes, peppers and raspberries.


Chris met Jamie and Sean in Denver for a long weekend that included a baseball game and a glacier hike.


The only trip the girls and I took was to visit Chris in his office. 

We found time to hang out with Rob and Allison and family in between four birthday parties for the girls and their cousins (all five kids have birthdays between June and September).


We got together with friends old and new which involved dress-up and sheer destruction.





We played hard... 




... and sometimes that resulted in injuries



...and the need to relax...






But sometimes at bedtime, things were not where they were supposed to be. 

In between fights, the girls loved being with each other... 



...and Greta.

This is the last summer, I'll fret over my flower boxes...

...because in August, Chris and I signed on the dotted line to tear down a house and build new four blocks away in Edina.

(we signed and celebrated after a day on Jamie's boat)

(reviewing specs for the new house with the girls)

Goodbye, summer!