Monday, June 29, 2015

The Start of Middle School, and Strawberry Picking

Kai has been in middle school for two weeks now. Well, the summer school version of middle school anyway.

In the summer, they have light academics in the morning, followed by fun activities in the afternoon. These activities have included going to the pool twice, a cooking lesson, a visit to a video arcade, and trips to Little India, Little Village (Mexican), and today, to Little China.

So it's been fun for him. And so far he's torn up only one shirt, and has yet to say too many mean things about the staff. Considering he's had to transition to a new routine, building, staff, and mostly different students, we'll take it.

Though the bigger test will come in the fall when more demands are placed on him.

This weekend we made our annual visit to Thompson's Strawberry Farm just over the border in Wisconsin. Every year it seems harder for me and my wife as our backs ache more and more while bending over to pick the strawberries. We wonder how many more years we'll be able to do this.

But Kai seemed to enjoy it. While my wife and I went hunched over, up and down the long rows of strawberry plants, Kai mostly settled down in one spot.

This year, he actually picked some berries that didn't just go straight into his mouth and we ended up with three boxes altogether.

As long as Kai keep enjoying coming up here, we'll probably keep our tradition going.

We topped up our visit to the cheese state with another tradition -- lunch at The Brat Stop. We had brats with kraut and brown mustard, along with fried cheese curds. That tradition is a little easier on the back, and a treat for the taste buds. That may be incentive enough to come back up here next year.


  1. Yum...I'd work for that lunch, too!

    Tell your wife that she looks gorgeous in that photo...I think that's my favorite shot of her I've ever seen on your blog. :)

    Hope summer school continues to go well!

    1. I told my wife, but she never thinks she looks good. (Is that a woman thing?) Is it the hat? The hair? The blouse? Of course, I always thinks she looks great! :)

      Thanks, Betsy.

  2. Three boxes of strawberries...a lot to eat before they go bad. Preserves maybe? Perhaps frozen with sugar in the bags for frozen summer treats?

    1. Definitely cannot eat three boxes fresh. My wife made strawberry shortcake with some, we are making homemade strawberry ice cream right now, and we froze the rest that we couldn't eat right away. Kai loves frozen fruit.


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