Thanksgiving in Minnesota – A quick trip overall but we got a few days in with my folks, saw Sarah and Jeff, Kari’s folks, Jarrett and Mel flew in, and finished it off with a party at Bridget and Tim’s. Whirlwind.
Kari and the kids few home to Minnesota for a weeklong trip to see Marcus graduate and leave for the Air Force. The kids were excited to spend time with family and loved flying.
Kari, you should add a few notes here since I wasn’t along on this one…
Rather than try and go back and separate out each event that happened over the last two months, here’s a bunch of photos from that time.
The main reason I’ve missed so much is our camera had a series of unfortunate events… but we’ve got it back now so I’ve no longer got an excuse for not posting.
We try to make it back to Minnesota at least once a year, and common sense usually dictates that it occurs during the summer months. Since we missed going last year (as a family) all together, we decided that it would be nice to head back for the Holidays. So it was Christmas with the Hoffman’s and New Year’s with the Moe’s.
Overall it was a good trip – the weather behaved mostly, meaning it never dipped below 30° below zero – the kids did exceptionally well traveling in the car (2 days, both ways) and Santa received our temporary change of address.
Grandma Pat and Grandpa Gary came for a visit in late July. I didn’t snap too many pics while they were here – I was at my 20 high school reunion for much of the time – but Kari took a few. There’s some at the pool and some at the park. And one family shot.
Not that there’s a lot of pictures to prove it, but Christamas ’09 was great. Grandpa and Grandma Moe braved a winter storm to travel across country to be with us through the New Year. (They even endured a night in – gasp – Lincoln, Nebraska! Oh, the humanity!)
Mel and Jarrett were over at our place quite a bit, there was lots of food and even an Irish car bomb or two.
I’m not sure what my deal was, but I didn’t take too many pictures, and many of the ones I did were a bit blurry. Blame the car bombs?
It’s been a couple of weeks now (Judging from my timeliness, they must have been very busy weeks?) but Grandpa and Grandma Moe came to visit, along with Tracy, Marcus, and Jacob. They were able to rent the condo directly above us, which allowed us to be together quite a bit without being directly on top of one another, (ba-dump-dump) in the figurative way. There was hiking and walks, dinners in and a little wine, a concert at Deer Valley and a 5am stake out. Click on the above photo, there’s a few more shots where that came from.
We considered flying back to Minnesota this year but opted for 2 days (each way) of torture in the car instead! We saved a bit of money this way, and also learned what high level, concentrated stress feels like.
Actually it really wasn’t too terrible, we got a portable dvd player for Tory and Tegan is thankfully still content with just sitting there. Unless she’s hungry.
It was a fast, bang bang style trip, spending three days with my folks in Battle Lake, an evening with friends in Minneapolis, a day with the Moe’s, two kid free days in Duluth for an old friends wedding, then Mother’s day with the Moe’s again.
I’ll spare all the details and just say that it was a really nice trip. Great to see family and friends again, the wedding was very nice and the Minnesota weather cooperated for the most part. Click on the picture above to see the rest of the set.
Since Tegan was born over a month ago, we’ve been blessed with visits from family members from the east. I thought I’d just throw a couple of photos up as proof.
First, Aunt Tracy was here:
Then Grandpa Moe arrived:
And then Grandma Pat was here after a week in Mexico:
It was really nice having everyone here to meet Tegan and help out with keeping us all fed and fresh. Come back anytime!
The second of our twice annual treks back to the homeland landed on Thanksgiving this year, which is a perfect time to be in Minnesota. Though repeatedly warned of the bitter temps, the weather was a balmy 30 degrees most of the time, and we got outside quite a bit.
The airplane ride there was thankfully uneventful, both in terms of traveling with a two year old, and my fear of not being in control in tight spaces 6 miles above the earth. Tory had fun, at least, and only marginally bugged the dude trying to sleep in front of us.
Quick synopsis of the rest of the trip: Hung with the Moe’s; Grandma Ogie came down from Mondovie; Visited with my old partner Chris; Met other clients for lunch in St Paul; Went to Marcus and Jacob’s hockey game; They won; Thanksgiving day at Tracy and Terry’s; Visited with the Hoffman’s at Sarah and Jeff’s new house; Visited Sarah’s new studio in Minneapolis; Pizza with the Landgren’s at Bill and Trudy’s house; Stayed overnight in Sarah and Jeff’s new house; Bridget and Tim visit us at the Moe’s house; We play cards until 2 am; Kari win’s at poker; Watched Marcus and Jacob play second hockey game; Chris Woolery came up to watch the game too; They won, taking the tourney championship; Chilled out Monday at Tracy’s house; Flew home;