We took a quick trip to Minnesota in June to see Marcus and Lindsey get married, and celebrate Jacob’s high school graduation.
The 4th of July is definitely a better time to visit Minnesota in the summer, but it was nice to see everyone. I made the mistake of leaving after visiting the Moe’s while Kari and the kids stayed and traveled to my folks. They had a good time and I’m bummed I missed it.
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.
If you’re going to visit Minnesota, do it in the summer. The 4th of July is always the best time of year there, and this year was no exception. Beautiful, hot weather, swimming, boating, ice cream, bowling, and parades. Kari even snuck in her 20th high school class reunion.
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.
Right after Grandma Pat and Grandpa Gary left Tracy and Marcus showed up. Literally. Same day. Again, not a whole lot of pictures were taken, but I did get a few of the day we spend hiking Bald Mountain in the Uintas. It was really fun having so much family around for a few weeks, and I hope they had fun too.
Marcus, Kari, Tory, and Tegan look out over the Uintas.
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.
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;