It took a few man-hours to build – but just before another deep freeze the "Grandpa Moustache Lawn Luge" opened for business.
We've been sledding ever since (in-between arctic blasts of course).
Hope you're finding ways to stay active this winter!
Ok, really? Can we toughen up Minnesota? While I will definitely fail to express my feelings on "snow days" as eloquently as my friend @uppoppedafox I'm going to give my two-cents anyway.
Defn: 'Snow Day' - On RARE occasion something to be celebrated (especially if it really does involve SNOW).
While the rest of the nation carries on – following routine and feeling refreshed after a day of "everybody in their place" – Minnesota has turned into the Midwest Wussies. (Perhaps this would be a great name for our football team...we could hang it from the new stadium that the tax payers are buying for them.) Thanks to a wonderful precedent set by our Governor, every time the temp drop below zero now – school is called off. Are the buildings not heated? Do we need another referendum to pay the Xcel bill?
I know, I know. You all can tell me it's because of BUSSING and I'm tired of the excuses. We are now an advanced auto nation and if we can't find a way to keep these suckers running we have more problems than the Edmund Fitzgerald. You're worried about the kids standing out by the bus stop and freezing? How about placing a little responsibility on the parents to make sure they are dressed appropriately. I (as many other Minnesotans) currently own a sleeping bag that is rated to
"-40 degrees." Surely if it's implied that we could sleep in this weather...a few minutes waiting for a bus won't kill you. WEAR A SLEEPING BAG IF YOU MUST!
Just to raise a point here...parents are running out of PTO days. I am lucky that this doesn't play a factor in our house, but in the majority of homes, PTO is a commodity and non-paid days off aren't a problem. At some point the choice will be made to leave the kids home alone on a 'no school' day because grocery money pulls rank over child supervision. No judgement here – but you can't tell me that every family has the flexibility to put up with this years' district weaknesses.
To follow up the multiple 'no school' days in our district there seems to be an insane amount of "teacher work days." Again...just saying:
- work 9 months/year
- extended days off for each holiday (spring break included)
- "prep time" throughout the school day
- many teacher 'workshop' days
- I could go on
Argue if you must. I was a classroom teacher for a short time so I can honestly speak from both sides of the coin. But I'm pressing you to imagine this:
- April 13th: Accountant "workshop day"
- Post-birthday party: Sanitation Engineer/Trash Man "workshop day"
- Your uncle has a heart attack at a family dinner: SORRY it fell on an "Emergency Room" "workshop day"
Instead of complaining about extra time with my kids this week (and another blessed day anticipated for Monday) Axel and I enjoyed a peaceful day with some paint. Using an old projector screen that I bought for $1 at a garage sale years ago – we filled an empty wall with: "Kite Flying 101."
For those of you celebrating your first weekend this week (this is at least my second) – Happy Saturday. It's a "snow day!" Stay home and enjoy.
Grandpa Moustache hits it out of the park again this year – donating his "curb appeal" for the love of his grandsons! From the movie Disney movie "Planes" we've recreated "Dusty!"
Have nothing better to do in the northern territory this winter? We value competition and would LOVE to see your snow creations!
Coming soon: "Grandpa Moustache's Super-Swirly Snow Slide."
If you're going to visit the Twin Cities you might as well come on the 2nd weekend of every month. I like to call it – Fun Free Weekend. What would be more fun however – Jahred not "conveniently" working on these activity-filled weekends. While museums are right up Axel's alley, I have to be quite cunning to avoid mayhem with my smallest man.
Today we ventured to the Bakken Museum of electricity – one of our favorites. While Axel made things turn on, go wizz, and beat nearly all his competitors in "Brain Ball" (where you put on a headband and whoever can create the LEAST brain activity wins – I told you he was an excellent relaxer) – Oliver discovered the drinking fountain.
Where can you find us tomorrow? 11am – Minneapolis Institute of Art. Family Day.
We've had a makeover in our living room this week and I'm completely infatuated with it. Although the final set of drapes haven't been hung I was so anxious to show you all what a little paint can do to a space that looked...well...drab.
Here are the details:
Paint: Martha Stewart Collection (Home Depot) - Enamelware ($50)
Curtains: World Market - Parrot Ornithology ($35/panel)
Rug: HomeGoods - Shag in Silver ($199)
Furniture: Hennen's (St. Cloud) - Dutailier (Already owned.)
Sound of Music: Bose - SoundLink Mini (The most fabulous streaming machine money can buy. A lovely gift.)
While entertaining both for brunch and a dinner this weekend we sure broke in our wonderful new space. Have a room that needs updating? Throw a little money at the problem and make yourself smile!
Feel like splurging? When it comes to sound – go Bose or go home.
We have been sick as crap for the past week and a half. It started...well...I can't remember when...and has involved waiting an hour at the Target Minute Clinic, 3 fevers, 7 nights on the couch, an entire bottle of children's Mortin, antibiotics for all, 6 loads of linens, 2 new pillows and a final visit to the clinic yesterday because Oliver is just NOT GETTING OVER THIS!
We have literally hit these germs with more gusto than necessary. We have rested, quarantined and tried to freeze them out by outside walks. There have been movie nights, hand washing parties and bathing EVERY NIGHT. Oliver has literally gotten his boogers on every surface of our house and persons – followed by disinfectant. He knows how to wipe his own nose better than most adults.
Yesterday, what I believe to the the culmination of this experience – 3/4 of us feeling better – Jahred took the day off work (never happens) to get Oliver into the clinic (we had to BEG for this appointment).
2 hours, 2 blood draws, 1 shot, an exam and a load of brainstorming later the doctor just shook his head puzzled and said, "It must have all been viral?!" Those are the dirtiest words you can hear as a parent. Am I right? After all – don't we just want something TREATABLE? Isn't being told you just have to "wait it out" as a parent like asking you to endure a silent torturous hell?
In the end I think the doc was right. The antibiotics from the Target Clinic seemed to do nothing. The steam baths and fresh air never sped it's course. The washing and bleaching seemed to have no effect as one-by-one it took us all down.
Moral of the story? "It's viral," is the worst swear in the book. I'm sure you've all been there – wishing for bacteria and something that modern medicine can tackle. Next Christmas I'm putting my kids in a bubble the month prior...well at least I'll try.
Where's a good place to go when you're sick this winter? Como Zoo! It's not busy (where you could infect other people) and it's a nice outside walk! We've had more fun there than in any Mall this Holiday season!
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