Man, it’s only mid-June and I already feel like we’ve done enough stuff to fill half a summer.
But that is what summer in Minnesota is for: cramming 9 months worth of winter cooped-up-ness into 3 months of gorgeous weather.
We’ve gone up north a couple of of times, camped, hit Valley Fair a few times, done some Prior Lake swimming, and ran around in the sprinkler. I think we are doing Minnesota Summer justice so far.
But before summer started, our older kiddo finished his last day of 3rd grade. Cannot, cannot believe it. And I think this means I am not 26 anymore.
And our younger kiddo finished her last day of Kindergarten. Here she is at her end-of-year performance:
And that is her (goggle eyes) in the center of the pic:
She had a pretty rough start this year, but she turned the boat around and we are so proud of how she pushed through such a big and scary change.
Seen here running off the bus on the last day of school:
It’s good, good stuff.
As I mentioned, we went camping. It was the kids’ first camping trip, in fact.
We took only the essentials:
Actually, we had a very adventurous time. Some heavy rain, a blown tire, everything you would expect the first time you take your kids camping.
But we had lots of fun, too. We watched the sun set over Lake Vermilion…
We ate breakfast in the woods (never go anywhere without an electricity hookup and bacon).
And we spent some quality time enjoying the outdoors.
If the next few months of summer give us as many good memories as these first few weeks have, I will feel even more grateful and blessed than I already do.