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Introducing Sean to Some Minnesota History

We had a few hours free and the need to show our Canadian visitor Uncle Sean a little Minnesota history… what better place than the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul? HERE

We have our teacher’s membership (totally an awesome deal… you get a discount on the year and access to so many great educational venues) renewed so we were good to go. The drive wasn’t overly long and the weather absolutely beautiful! DSCN1107

DSCN1109There was so much to see (and photograph) so I indulged. Right in the center of a rather impressive set of staircase is the replica of an old wooden flyer – a Jennie. 

This model took 10 yrs to create.

This model took 10 yrs to create.

Then there were the different sections of the museum itself to enjoy. We did not visit all of them but managed to take in quite a bit. Sean was especially interested in the war era section complete with videos, a malt shop and more. 

Behind the counter

Behind the counter

Do my kids even truly understand what this is???

Do my kids even truly understand what this is???

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A very simple pinball game.

A very simple pinball game.

What songs were popular back then?

What songs were popular back then?

Of course we checked out the weather area so that Sean could see the tornado video that freaked out the twins a year or two ago.DSCN1069

How dare I interrupt their reading???

How dare I interrupt their reading???

Learning about how to ready wild rice eat.

Learning about how to ready wild rice eat.

And we ran through the grainery, the section on settler life and the area on the native american roots. 

Finally tall enough to play in the whole area!

Finally tall enough to play in the whole area!

DSCN1073I was absolutely thrilled that we managed to not miss the very impressive Hmong exhibit. This is a special exhibit that is only in place for a limited time and I was rather concerned we would miss it. I absolutely loved the colours in the traditional clothing… I am absolutely committed to covering the Hmong people and their history and reasons for coming to Minnesota next year. I think it will be a great experience for all of us. DSCN1084

Cherished items brought to Minnesota.

Cherished items brought to Minnesota.

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So sit back and enjoy the rest of the images. All in all a GREAT outing… I think we all learned something new. 

Part of "The Greatest Generation" display.

Part of “The Greatest Generation” display.

I used to collect Betty Boop items myself!

I used to collect Betty Boop items myself!

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Echo was pro at assembling artillery shells.

Echo was pro at assembling artillery shells.

I found this an interesting artifact... a medal for a large family...

I found this an interesting artifact… a medal for a large family…

Retro... but yet... popular recently too!

Retro… but yet… popular recently too!

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Waving good-bye before she "boards the plane".

Waving good-bye before she “boards the plane”.

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Victory undergarments... these made me giggle. They were designed the year BEFORE the USA went to war.

Victory undergarments… these made me giggle. They were designed the year BEFORE the USA went to war.

Can you lift a pack half the weight of what someone could carry in one pack on a hunting expedition? Echo can't ... it weighed more than her!

Can you lift a pack half the weight of what someone could carry in one pack on a hunting expedition? Echo can’t … it weighed more than her!

Creating a pattern.

Creating a pattern.

Learning about the fur trade.

Learning about the fur trade.

We listened to part of the video about the schools the native children were sent to... such a weird image... our kids who have their right to whatever education I chose for them and the children who had no choice.

We listened to part of the video about the schools the native children were sent to… such a weird image… our kids who have their right to whatever education I chose for them and the children who had no choice.

Airport seating hasn't changed much has it?

Airport seating hasn’t changed much has it?

And now for the rest of my Hmong images:DSCN1093

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Where were you in 2007? This bridge collapse in Minnesota will always stick in our minds… Ken’s folks drove that bridge the morning it fell and dear friends would have been on it at the time of collapse if not for a dr’s appointment! HEREDSCN1076

History, Snacks and Other Fun

February 22-25

What to do on a weekend when we plan to be home for it? Well… have company! Childhood friend Christopher and his wife Renee who is due any day with their 3rd (boy) and their sons Nathan and Evan. They came over for lunch and playtime. Younger than our boys the kids still managed to have a lot of fun. Of course Skylanders came out and Legos and such. It was nice to have company over where the adults could just sit around and chat (or craft).101_6276

Walking Tacos

Walking Tacos

We ended our Saturday calmly with a movie. Really not much to report beyond a great visit with old friends.101_6278

Sunday was totally a crafty day… after Sunday school. I had to get EVERYTHING out and package up my big commission from a friend up north… she requested I make her a variety of critters for her to gift etc this year… I think I covered the spectrum and had a blast honing my skills while doing it. Is it ever hard to wait until she gets it to find out her thoughts!!!101_6279

And then for a more local (but still mailing away) craft… one I have not done in ages – an infant knotted tutu. Using glitter tulle so I am on the hunt for the escaped glitter now. Really glitter is EVIL!101_6280

Monday was back to work… and back to swimming for the twins. I am really impressed how much more RELAXED they are each time.

We had some more sporty drawing to enjoy. Art for Kids (on right) put up a stick figure figure skating… something Trinity was quick to say SHE wanted to draw.101_6281

We decided to create our own Olympic medals. I love the 4 different interpretations… Zander’s all had his name on them, Gavin recreated the official ones for this year… the other two were equally creative. I got our template from Activity Village HERE. We used the 3 sizes of circles to show the different places as I really didn’t want to print out enough that we had 4 sets of large circles!101_6282

Emanuel and I are working on our Magic Treehouse dinosaur themed story still. It is so much fun reading one on one with him. His own reading skills are increasing by leaps and bounds!101_6283

We added a new animal to our Wild Kratts list – the Meadow Vole. The twins have come up with a new idea along the same lines. They want to watch Dirty Jobs episodes with Mike Rowe and pick one of the jobs of the episode to research further. We have been working on our Google searching and how we type in a specific topic or sentence and then reading through articles… with adult supervision of course.101_6286

The weather is just too yuck for the little ones so we pulled out our rainy day fun bucket and did some creative sticker and face shape crafting. Echo especially found this  to be great fun!101_6287

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BUT Tuesdays 5-8 pm are free admission at the Minnesota History Center!101_6295

101_6335There was tons to see and do and not enough time for us to do it all. We had only an hour (5-6) before we needed to be back for Ken to go to his weekly gaming night but we made good use of it. We went straight to the area that was the most hands on for the kids. I want to go back and see the prohibition era limited time display in the following weeks.

There was tons about the fur trade and the Native Americans…101_6304

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Reproducing bead patterns

Reproducing bead patterns

A great display about the use of Bison…101_6321

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It was so much fun to head out and just enjoy learning about the state we now live in. Together time well worth it! And how to end the evening with Daddy gone to gaming? With a late snack food supper and a movie… THOUGH I hasten to say – fun mommy was only for ONE night… the next night we planned bacon wrapped pork and vegetables…101_6337

The joy of learning not only at home but out in the open air!

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