We almost missed the strawberry picking this year. We had yet to go when it rained for more than a week followed by some severe weather. The entire crop at our favorite farm was ruined. They had to shut down. We finally got out to another one. The picking was kind of hard . . .
. . . but the berries were so amazing.
Our friend Anna agreed.
When we got home, we even got to prep the strawberries for strawberry short cake, one of Mommy's favorite foods. We like it a lot too.
. . . came to visit us yesterday. He came all the way from Australia. Wasn't that nice of him?
He was pretty great at putting up with us.
But in reality, he didn't really do much except lay on the floor and wiggle from time to time. Still, it was great to meet him and show him our frogs, which he liked to grab and throw.
One of the towns near our home had firetruck parade followed by a fire muster. Raise you hands if you know what that is!
Blue skies and rain? It seemed so, but no . . .
. . . it was the firetrucks pumping water out of the river and spraying it up into the air and back into the river. That's a fire muster. It took them some time to get everything going.
We did what we could to help, but there are so many levers and dials, it was not easy.
Once they got it going, it was pretty spectacular.
We went to a truck building event to make some monster trucks. It was our first ever experience actually getting to use a real hammer. It was awesome, and loud.
There were lots of parts and pieces that we needed to keep track of.
We achieved success and now have some pretty mean looking monster trucks.
For those of you who don't know, Daddy brews beer. It's not often that we get to help, but the other day, he let us help put away the bottles he cleaned.
He has this crazy contraption that dries them and it was our job to find and put specific bottles in to specific boxes. Really? Does it matter? They're bottles for crying out loud.
And get this, when we were done, we had to carry the boxes of bottle downstairs. We'll have to think twice about asking to help Daddy in the future.
For Father's day we got Daddy a classic lawn mower. It is so cool, we had to help.
It was fun to help, but watching was a bit more our speed and yes, we're in our pajamas.
Bumpa (and Gramda too) came over for dinner and of course we gave him a couple silly cards. Including one that has a country western-singing, yodeling, head-bobbing gerbil.
We also called Grandpa Stro and told him all kinds of crazy stories about airplanes and monkeys. Happy Father's day to all the Daddy's out there.
We made another trip to the baseball park for some more American Legion baseball on Father's Day. We had a great time playing catch and running around with Daddy.
We got have some suckers, man was that exciting.
We enjoyed them in the stands while sitting next to a very nice gentleman from the American Legion post sponsoring the tournament. He has a cool hat.
Finally, those suckers were making us thirsty.
Today was our first brush with American Legion baseball. We got a little workout in the batting cages.
We had to wait our turn, just like everyone else. Wow, some of those guys can really hit the ball hard.
The hardest part for us was getting in and out of the batting cages.
All that baseball playing made us a little hungry. Hungry for Skittles.
After all the big kids finished their batting practice, they took to the field for a real game. We watched a little of the game, sort of.
We did spend lots of time in the stands banging our real baseballs on the aluminum benches. What a great sound. We're pretty sure everyone around us thought so too.
But before all the batting practice, noise making, baseball playing and Skittle eating, we started the day with a good old fashioned American Legion pancake breakfast. It was delicious.
We got 'em. Finally. We had not idea what we were missing. We are in separate rooms, but Jax loves to "wake up" Charley in the morning. It can be kind of a long process.
And during the day, we wish they were fair game, but Mommy and Daddy are trying to keep us from playing crazy games in them. "Beds are for sleeping or relaxing, not for jumping or craziness," they always say. We'll see about that.
AM - Started out new summer preschool, Kinderstube, a German immersion preschool
PM - Had some friends over for BBQ
AM - Took the train to downtown and shopping at Target
PM - Swimming at the Y with girlfriends
AM - New Preschool
PM - Picnic with friends at home, then the Truck event at the high school.
AM - Preschool playdate at the park
PM - A trip to the Como Zoo
AM - New preschool
PM - Splash party in the yard with friends
Whew! Thank heavens for weekends when all we do is go to the Children's Museum, T-Ball practice, bike rides, parks, Grandma's, and maybe a pancake breakfast . . . you know, relax.
This was confirmed with our trip to the truck event at the high school near our house.
We had a hard time reaching the pedals . . .
. . . but that didn't matter. We did some serious steering, horn honking and siren sounding instead. Jax found the button for the police siren, boy did that draw attention to us.
One of the best parts was jumping down from all these giant vehicles.
There were so many and it was so exciting that we did A LOT of running from truck to truck.
There was even a horse there. His name was Navajo. He was pretty awesome.
We're pretty sure we climbed into every truck there.
We went "cruising" on an old tour bus . . .
. . . and discovered just how many seats there are in a bus.
We found a truck with books . . .
. . . a bobcat with a big scooper . . .
. . . and a police car with bars.
Anna and Sophia came with us, but we kind of lost track of them in all the chaos. We made sure to reconnect before leaving to exchange the usual hugs goodbye.