Meet your neighbor: Kids, teaching keep life full


Photo by Debbie Griffin
Crystal Mohr is a Princeton neighbor who visits the city parks frequently and likes spending time outdoors. She is the seated adult with her mom standing behind her and children seated around her: Ethan, 11; Ernest, 8; Eleanor, 6; Emma, 5; and Esther, 2.

Princeton – Crystal Mohr said she moved from Anoka to Princeton in 2010 because it was a good location for her husband to access work, and she said the family finds a lot to do in town. Mohr has three girls and two boys: Ethan, 11; Ernest, 8; Eleanor, 6; Emma, 5; and Esther, 2.

“We’re at minivan capacity,” Mohr smiled.
She belongs to a home-school cooperative and teaches history in one home-school program and science in another. Mohr is gearing up to teach a course called Magic Schoolbus Science in the upcoming year.
Her children and other home-school kids take a summer break, but Mohr said her family revs up on reading during summer. She said they do a lot of reading aloud since there are a few beginners in the mix.
Mohr’s oldest son, Ethan, said he loves to read and the library is his favorite place in town. Mohr said they visit the library often for books as well as all the activities they have for kids, such as Lego building sessions, engineering lessons with marshmallows and toothpicks, and juggling instruction.
Mohr said the family has a membership with the Minnesota Historical Society as well.
She said the family has visited at least half the organization’s sites and that the tours are interesting, fun and educational.
The Mohrs go to the Crosspointe Church on Highway 95 in Cambridge, where she has taught vacation Bible school and the family participates in many activities.
The Mohrs enjoy going to the river, where there is usually fishing, swimming and other water fun. She said they like spending time outdoors and also go to the splash parks in Princeton and Milaca, since it is something all the children enjoy. The mother of five said she’s thankful for free admission at the splash park in Milaca and for the family cap on admission in Princeton.
Mohr has little free time and said the family has no pets because it’s challenging enough to care for the family.
Mohr’s mother was visiting from Tennessee, and they were enjoying a nice day in the park before she returned home.