Friday, August 28, 2009

Family Vacation

We left Saturday morning for a little family vacation. All together there were 15 of us (or 15 1/2 as my mom would say)! We checked into a huge cabin at a resort in Danbury, Wisconsin - which is only about 45 minutes outside of Hinckley. The cabin was really nice and gave us all plenty of room to roam around. It was on a very nice clean lake - Upper Webb Lake, I believe.

The first day we just kind of got situated, got the boats in the water, and went swimming at the pool for a while. Adam and I were in charge of dinner that night. We made fettucine alfredo (The Pioneer Woman's recipe - YUM), garlic bread, and caeser salad. Everyone said they liked it - I sure did! It's food, I like anything that is food lately. We made a fire and turned in early that night, around 9:30. The next day we got up and had a nice breakfast and ended up taking the boats out for a nice ride. Stopped at a sandbar and everyone got out and played. It was nice to just hang out. What would've made it nicer is if I could have a nice cold beer in my hand, but I suppose the baby is worth it ;-)

Basically the vacation was a blast and very relaxing. Next year, I'll have an 8 month old and a 5 year old at this time and that'll be a whole new adventure! Here is our vacation in some pictures:

Can't wait for next year!

Monday, August 17, 2009

"I've Been to Duluth"

You know the movie "The Great Outdoors"? The guy who runs the resort that John Candy and company stay at has a t-shirt that says "I've Been to Duluth". I love that shirt and Adam wants one.

A couple weekends ago, we took a little weekend trip to visit my sister and her boyfriend in Duluth. My sister just graduated from college, and Joe (her BF) still has a year left at UMD. They have a cute little apartment. Funny story - when we were driving to the main drag in Duluth from their apartment, I asked my sister if Duluth had a "ghetto" area. She said "you're in it". Ha - so apparently they live in the ghetto. Didn't seem too bad to me. ;)

We got there around noon on Saturday, so we went to Grandma's and ate lunch. I had the yummy chicken tetrazzini, that I would definitely order again. Very much comfort food. After that, we went to a few shops, got Ally a Duluth sweatshirt because it was chilly and we forgot to bring her a jacket when we left the house. Then we went back to the house and played some Wii. That evening we ate some dinner and I can't remember what else we did. I'm getting old, the memory isn't what it used to be.

The next day we went to the zoo, which was kind of pathetic actually. They really need to revitalize that place. But, anyway, here are some pictures from our weekend.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ally's Birthday Party - Part 2

We all celebrated at a park in Maple Grove for Ally's 4th birthday! Family and friends came and enjoyed a beautiful (absolutely perfect weather) day of food, presents, cake and swimming! Adam's mom made Ally the cutest Barbie cake and she just felt like a princess. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Think she likes her cake?


Tyler (first pic) and Ryan - my nephews

Northern Voices Picnic

Ally's school, Northern Voices, has been around for 10 years already! They've been helping kids learn to listen and speak for a long time - pretty impressive! They had a picnic last Thursday to celebrate. It was a blast. They had a Hawaiian theme with food, face painting, train rides, games, and prizes for everyone! And, there was even a live band. One of the graduating students' (Lucy) dad is in a band called Sweet Stache. They are a cover band, and super fun! They definitely rocked and the kids (and adults) had so much fun dancing. They are actually playing at O'Gara's in St. Paul on August 22nd. I wish I could go, but we'll be out of town on vacation.

Ally has not seen her friend Ella since school ended in June, so when they were reunited at the picnic, you could not wipe the huge smile off Ally's face. They were attached at the hip all night.

Ally and Ella

Ally and Ella dancing with Kristi, the director of the school