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Thursday, June 10, 2010

MN Vacation Highlights

This would be an incredibly long post if I were to post all the pics (I took nearly 200 pics) and all the stories from our vacation to Minnesota, so I think I will spare you guys the boredom of that and just summarize the nearly 3 week trip we just returned from.

As most of you know, the first thing we had to attend while there was the wake and funeral for Jerry's grandfather; here are Jerry, Norah and I before the funeral. We are so rarely dressed up as a family that, despite the occassion, we wanted to get a few good pics of us.Later that week, we got to enjoy some lake time and Norah got her first boat ride. Poor thing was really smooshed in her life jacket, so we ended up taking it off when we weren't moving. Shhhhh...don't tell the MN DNR!
Up at my parent's house, Norah got to do lots of other classic Minnesota activities, like riding a 4 wheeler. My parents were even talking about buying her her own kid-sized ATV! Silly grandparents; they just get cookoo over a grandchild.
Here's Norah out front of my parents' cabin. While up there, we did lots of 4 wheel riding, played a lot of horse shoes, and built a bonfire one night and roasted marshmallows (vegan marshmallows, actually -- my sister-in-law-to-be is vegetarian and she brought the 'mallows and I now understand how marshmallows are non-vegetarian freindly; did not know that before!).
While at my parents', we also had to get out on the lake for the day in their boat, but it was a bit chillier that day than it had been the week before, thus, the sweatshirts.
My parents live near Bemidji, MN, so while there, we just had to get some pics with Paul and Babe!
While we started the vacation with a funeral, we ended it with the baptism of our niece, so here's Jerry, Norah and I after the baptism. Funny story with the baptism is that during the service, Norah dropped a hymnal on my big toe and I had to do everything in my power to not curse in church!
The drives up there and back were long, but I can't believe how great Norah traveled; she really is a little trooper! Scooter, on the other hand, is the more experienced traveler and yet he was more of a handful. Here he is in the car making sure that no Cheetos remain in this bag.
And, here's a cute pic of Norah and Scooter snoozin' together on the looooooong drive. They're always cutest when sleeping, right?
On the whole, a great trip, and it was wonderful to see and spend time with so many of our family and friends that we see so rarely. And, Norah was great. She wasn't shy of meeting so many new people, and she readily adapted to each place we stayed. And, like I said, she did great on such a long drive; it's a long time for a baby to sit in a carseat, but she was a champ about it!

So, a great trip, but like I said earlier in my previous post, it's also great to be home.

While away, I kept up with the running and I have some stuff to write about that, as well as some pics to accompany my tales; and....I got my Garmin while I was there! So, I have plenty to tell you about that as well, so stay tuned in the next few days -- I have lots more to share!

25 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Sounds and looks like a great trip!

MCM Mama said...

Thanks for the Norah fix! I've been missing her. ;o)

Looks like you had a wonderful trip and got some great pictures. Can't wait to hear more.

lee@In My Tummy said...

Looks like fun! Norah and Scooter are cute.

ajh said...

Cute pics of Scooter in the bag and Norah and Scooter asleep!

fancy nancy said...

Such cute pics! Did you ever get your Garmin 110? I had ordered mine online too and ended up waiting still after 4 weeks for it even to ship! I ended up finding it at a store in Boston and went and got it the next day!

Heather said...

Great pictures. We took Sophie's life jacket off in the boat when not moving at that stage too - they just get too miserable with the giant things on. Now that she's a little bigger, she thinks her life jacket is cool and wears it around the house.

Her Name is Rio said...

Sounds like some nice family time! Glad you finally got your Garmin!

D10 said...

All the pictures are great! Glad you guys had a nice time.

Krissy said...

oh that picture is so cute of Norah & Scooter together! and I must say him digging into a bag of Cheetos is quite hysterical!

Erin said...

Yay! So glad you are back. It has been forever since we saw each other.

X-Country2 said...

Welcome home! What an adorable family you have. :o)

Lisa said...

So many nice photos!! :-)

Marlene said...

Sounds like lots of fun stuff on vacay! Thanks for sharing.

Betsy said...

Love your paisley dress!

Viper said...

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, looks like you all had a fine time up north. Cheers!

Katie A. said...

Is it bad that my favorite part of the post is of Nora and Scooter sleepin' together? Soooo sweet!
Glad you made it home safe and enjoyed your vacay!

Jamoosh said...

Mom in black; dad in black; Norah in white? WTH?

Jess said...

Love the pictures especially the one where you are all dressed up! You guys look great. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation and that everyone behaved on the car rides!

Marlene said...

P.S. YES, I was totally thinking of "Closing Time" (and it has been in my head ever since). We used it as the last dance at our wedding - I love it!

Firefly's Running said...

I enjoyed the pics! Scooter and Nora are so cute!

Nikki said...

1. I probably would have cursed in church.

2. That would have been ME with my head in the Cheetos bag!

3. How did Norah like the ATV? We haven't tried Marcus on ours yet...

4. Nice family photos, despite the occasions.

N.D. said...

glad you had a good time! I love the black dress. IT is always good to be back home.

RunningLaur said...

Norah's poofy hair on the boat is too cute. Looks like a fantastic trip!

MN Mom said...

Oh that picture of Scooter and Norah sleeping is a county fair winner for sure!

Agate Lake Girl said...

Awesome pics! Lots of fun MN activities! I'm hoping for some better weather so we can get back to boat rides and campfires too.