Our Solar Eclipse Adventure

We made our viewers and were ready to go. Then it started. The excitement. The clouds and rain followed. Visibility was zero. So, watched the NASA coverage on YouTube and it was fabulous. 

The sign said "slavery was normal at Fort Snelling."

For as long as I can remember there has been information posted about Dred and Harriet Scott. Unfortunately, that information was only a small bit of the truth. At my last visit I was taken back by a new display. What took them so long? We can not change the wrongs of the past, but by educating ourselves and our children, we can help our children create a world that does not repeat the mistakes of the past. 

Moat Update!

Day One was very exciting! They dug and dug. See the video below.



They spent the next three weeks digging a 1 1/2 foot deep trench. It was ready for daddy to line it and such.

THEN Andrew announced he didn't have time to finish it. There was great sadness throughout the land of little boys. It got even worse when mommy said they couldn't leave it like that, the dirt would have to go back. They are still working on refilling it. It's been a long journey to nowhere. 

First First Day of School.


"Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit"

We walked through the "Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit" Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now exhibit. It was very well done. 


MN State Fair Time... Are you ready!

Did you pre purchase your tickets yet?

You can save by pre purchasing gate and ride tickets.

Don't forget your blue bargain book. For only $5 you get too many coupons for food, drink, and merchandise.

Did you pre purchase bus tickets to and from the fair. You can save over $5 by doing this before the 23rd.

Did you check out the website, go through food finder, activity finder, print a map, and plan your full 16 to 17 hour day including when where what and how long? No, that was just me. 


Fort Snelling


MN State Fair Time... Volunteering

If you know me, you know I love all things state fair. I love going to the fair as many times as possible. I love seeing everything twice. I also love doing everything and that includes volunteering. 

There are many areas you can volunteer at. Most shifts are 3 - 4 hours and include a free ticket to the fair. To find areas that need help go to the state fair website and click on entertainment. The math on a stick, alphabet forest, and little farm hands all use volunteers. Each area will have a link to sign up or an email of a person to sign up with. There are more places to volunteer too, just click on different areas to see what you can find. 

This year we will be at Little Farm Hands again. It is the perfect place for parents with school aged children to volunteer. Some of the other sites require you be 16 and older or one child per adult. 

If you love to give back or maybe are just looking for a less expensive way to see the fair, try volunteering.


Car Show.


Square Dancing.


1st Concert!

For his birthday my little guy received tickets to Shawn Mendes. He loves his music. We arrived around 4 pm. After parking we walked about 6 blocks to our dinning location. Following that we walked the 6 blocks back to the concert arena. With plenty of time until it started we walked a little under a mile to the candy store. After returning we entered the arena and found a standing table in the happy hour area where we had water and many gin & tonics for mommy (because Shawn Mendes). We were at happy hour for a good 30 minutes. The doors were now open and it was time to get in line. It was an extra slow line. It took about 30 minutes to get past security. Once in we took a little walk around the arena to scope out the best bathrooms and find water fountains. Finally, it's 7:30. The concert has started. Robert goes crazy. He's jumping and yelling, and dancing, and singing. Fast forward to about 10:25 pm. He stops junping, and yelling, and dancing, and singing. He looks at me, sits down and says "I'm tired" and proceeds to instantly fall asleep. It wasn't a light sleep either. We had trouble waking him up. He was completely out at 10:45 when the concert was over. Robert loved the concert and I finally found something that will slow him down. 

More picks here: www.ourlittlefamily.net 

Lakeshore Grill


Legos Across America (again)