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The last day of summer

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The last day before Kindergarten. This is it.
Live it like the last day of summer. This is really happening. Pablo is on the path.
It all begins Thursday morning and continues for 13 plus years.

And it’s prom night. Kickball Prom. It’s dark already by 8pm here.
Gotta make it count. Kicking and dancing.

We always say how fast it goes, but really, this particular summer seemed to be really brief. Started late, was only hot in the middle, and cooled off quickly. We had a busy, really great one, but I am sad to see it go already. I’m regretting anytime not spent summering and instead doing indoorsy things. I should’ve blogged half as much and lived two times more. I don’t want it to end, yet I love Autumnal activities and Fall in general the best. Here’s hoping for a classic Indian (Native American?) Summer to take us out on a high note.

One last day. I dare you to live today, really live. Tell me what you did. Or tell me about your perfect summer day. One of mine had to be the State Fair followed by the MNArtists.org Field Day kickball tourney. It was just jam packed with enough events to make a summer weekend, but all in one sunny day near the end of August. And I felt it that day. I’d been more aware in the last few weeks about being in the moment. Living in the now. Thinking about the task at hand and enjoying it for all I could. I think of playing with action figures in the grass with the boys and not about trying to get them set up so I could read or do something else, but about being one of the three boys with a Clone Trooper in hand.

Doodles has his pre-school open house to kick things off tomorrow morning. I have to sleep to be ready to live tomorrow. Good Night.

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Uptown Kickball: Let them eat cake

Uptown Kickball – Game 1 – May 27, 2009

A cloudy 50 degrees set the tone for a fun, but offensively subdued opener with over 20 people playing and at least 5 more jeering us from the peanut gallery.

Team names were Cake Eaters vs. Birthday Suits. (In honor of Captains Jim and Laura’s birthdays. Laura’s from Edina, but no one else admitted to that if they were.)

Birthday Suits won 3-1 after an extended 9 innings. Everyone was well-stretched, but the 10 players in the field rule, including a catcher, should help improve scoring next time.

Jefe tried to slide under Morgan at 3rd base and was later reminded by Mama that he shouldn’t hurt himself trying so hard. He took what was deemed to be an intended slide by his teammates, Cake Eaters, or a fall trying to dodge the ball by the opposing team. (It was a slide, really, I’m fine, just dusty.)

The Jackal’s new shoes proved sadly in need of practice without Jess there to cheer him on to victory.

Jim Schloemer (Co-President/Overly Competitive Jackass)* proclaimed
“Game MVP: Laura Hovi – because she pitched 8 straight no-run innings, and also it’s her f’in birthday!”

Cedric, the 11-year-old neighbor groupie, nicknamed newbie Erin “Old School” and Sarah B. “New School” and wanted to play doctor with both of them after getting past “Old Man” MacGillis. We welcome all three, new to Uptown Kickball this season. Another new recruit, Peter “Don’t call it a comeback, been on the list for years” was stellar in his first showing. Also Erin shared a story with a fake happy ending and her fear of balls. And don’t expect Sarah to play, but she’s happy to cheer.

We forgot to take the group photo, but now have two video cameras shooting with Jefe adding to Stensby’s stellar production values. The team went to Country Bar for karaoke after lingering in the cool park and discussing the last party mishaps.

We’re just warming up for what promises to be a really fun season. I’m going to need a better camera.

*self-described on Uptown Kickball’s Facebook page

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School’s out for summer

Tomorrow is the last day of Pablo’s pre-school. I don’t know how we’re going to handle it. I am scrambling to get a few things done before I know I can’t.
This is what he and his classmates want to do this summer:

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And today was red, white and blue day at school. At least one other parent participated with me this time. (Baby steps.) Another parent said she heard about me in the robe and jammies and was sorry she missed it. I said, there’s always the blog.

But what do I want to do this summer? Let’s look at what’s coming up on the iCal.
Brewers/Twins, kickball (!), Houghton BBQs, our new BBQ space, Grand Old Day, concerts (some of my fave bands), 10 Second Film Festival (entering a few Bright Asides) dodgeball, Books & Bars, Liz and Turf’s wedding in Oak Park, St. Paul Saints, park playdates, Prior Lake, and my first (not the year obviously) high school reunion in Milwaukee. Hopefully we’ll fit another weekend getaway from Pablo and Doodles in the schedule, too.

This past weekend we attended the LynLake Festival and Art-A-Whirl and then the LynLake Festival again. Not the most economical planning, but at least we live near LynLake. I got to hear local buzz band, Solid Gold, whilst the boys loved the Strider bike race set up in the middle of Lyndale…
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…so much so that we bought a couple used Striders the next day.
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Swimming pools, squirt guns, and watermelon on tap for today.
What about you and your summer? Hope to see you outside soon.

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