Friday, August 27, 2010

Marvelous Minneapolis!

After our trip to Colorado, the kids & I packed up and headed to Minnesota with my Mom & sister, Catherine, to visit another sister, Lucinda. We had such a fun time - Aunt Cindy had all sorts of fun activities planned for us! On Day 1, we visited the UofM campus where Lucinda is working towards her Master's in Education, and afterwards she treated us to a tour of the Target Headquarters where she works. It was pretty cool. We came away with more Target "Bullseye" dogs than we need. Day 2, we hit Como Zoo which was crazy busy and loads of fun! Day 3 was a visit to the Mall of America - and for the second time that I've been there I walked out not having spent a red cent, except on lunch at the food court. We played on all the rides at the midway courtesy of free tickets that Aunt Cindy scored from a friend at a neighborhood BBQ. We visited an Art Fair right down the street from Lucinda's condo and had a great time at the beach - on a lake down the street the other direction. We had such a fantastic time and miss our Aunties and Mona! And since I'm playing catch-up, these photos are in no particular order and some may be a bit skeewampus. Sorry.

Lovin' the lake.

The Carousel at MOA. Clayton loved riding the "wagon" with Aunt Cindy.

Caroline, of course, went for the fancy horses with Aunt Kitty.

Our favorites! We love the Backyardigans!!!

On the train caboose at the 1800's authentic pioneer village we stopped at on our way home.

Saloon girl.

We found Jake the Horse Thief's final resting place.

This little town was one of the best parts of the trip. Caroline & I had spent the summer reading "Little House on the Prairie", "Little House in the Big Woods", and were actually halfway through "Little House & the Long Winter". We didn't visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead (it was a couple hours out of our way) but when we stopped at this little village, we identified a ton of things that we had read about that made them real to Caroline. My favorite find was in a barn of old farm equipment and wagons. We had read about a "Horsepower Machine" that used horses to generate power to a machine that threshed grain. We tried to imagine it as we read, but there in the barn was an actual original implement that had an illustration next to it showing how it worked. It was amazing! The other thing we had read about was the muskrat homes that by looking at, Charles Ingalls could tell that a hard winter was expected. I'd never seen a muskrat mound before. But it dawned on me as we drove past the marshy land of Eastern South Dakota (which is actually where "The Long Winter" took place that the mounds I could see were exactly that! I was so excited. Unfortunately, that is the part of the trip that Caroline slept through.

Our balloon parrot from the Rainforest Cafe. Connor was giving it kisses.

Excited about the "Thunderstorm" in the cafe - with real rain! What a refreshing way to end a long day at the Mall!

Aunt Cindy teaching Clayton bad habits - water fights in restaurants are not good behavior!

The Lego Store & Woody!

The Balloon Ride!

More Carousel!

Painting a piano at the art fair.
A sunny day at Como Zoo with Aunt Cindy.

All super excited to be at the Como Zoo carousel. Obviously. (Actually, it was just really bright out.)

Clearly, we have a thing for carousels.

Making new friends while waiting in line.

The butterfly pavillian. At some point during our walk through, each of them had a butterfly land on their head. Clayton was a little freaked out by it.

1 comment:

Shannon said...

Wow! What a fun trip. Your kids are all so darling.