Vacation Pics

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Well, I'm getting back to posting a little sooner than I had anticipated earlier this week, but my blog visits are seriously lacking.  Ugh!  There simply aren't enough hours in a day, friends; but I'd really love to share a little of what we've been up to, over the last week, if you're interested.  If not, no worries.  I've got August For the Love of Books and Friday Faves posts lined up for the remainder of this week but cooked up some creative stuff for next week.  Hope to see you again soon!

With that said, last week, we took a much needed family vacation to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was close enough for my littlest to survive being strapped in his car seat and my biggests to not run out of books, coloring pages, or snacks.  We traveled most the day last Monday but arrived in time to check into our hotel and head to Target Stadium to cheer our Kansas City Royals on to another win against the Minnesota Twins.
What a beautiful stadium!
Although, the atmosphere left much to be desired.  They definitely don't know how to garner up the excitement of the fans, but we entertained ourselves counting airplanes and helicopters, getting a few Minnesota fans to join in our Royals' chants, and munching on handfuls of Jelly Bellies.
The next morning, we visited Mill City Museum.  This was such a fun place to start our time in Minneapolis, because aside from learning about how the flour industry propelled Minneapolis into much of what it is today, it taught us tons about the city itself.  Plus, just check out these views of the Mississippi Riverfront!
They also have super fun baking...
and water labs, where we spent way more time than was recommended to us.
My silly girl is always making us laugh.  She was soaked after playing hard in the water lab and decided the hand dryers might help her with that problem.
A yummy, late lunch and dip in our hotel pool prepped us for a good night's rest.
You may remember my saying that Kaden wasn't a fan of the swimming pool.  Well, that is no longer the case.  We broke him in, and now, he gets so, stinkin' excited about putting on his swimming trunks.  He doesn't even seem to care about the temperature of the water anymore.  It's so cute!
Then, on Wednesday, we packed a lunch and made our way to the Minnesota Zoo.  It wasn't one of our faves, but we love zoos and had a great day visiting our furry friends.
My kiddos loved the touch tanks the best, especially when those leopard sharks and stingrays came in their direction.  Plus, it was really nice to have a fun place to get out of the heat ;).
Dinner at Davannis Pizza ended our day out with a bang!  Yum-O!  Wish we had one of these in Kansas City!  Even Kaden wanted a piece of the action.  LOL!
Another swim in the hotel pool wore my kiddos plum out...
but they were up with the sun and ready for a trip to the Mall of America the next morning.  That place has gotten so BIG!  BJ and I visited years ago on our honeymoon, but goodness gracious, it isn't now what it was back then.  It was super overwhelming for this non-shopper, but we still enjoyed our short stay and are proud to say that all we came out with was a much-needed pair of tennies for myself and a couple new Lego sets for my kiddos.  Woohoo!  Oh, we also filled our tummies with yum-yums from Rainforest Café.
Of course, my kiddos had to have another swim at the hotel before nestling in with a movie and picnic dinner.  Our last morning in Minneapolis delivered our first trip to Ikea.  Now, don't get me wrong.  We've been introduced and know one another well.  I've just never been to an actual location.  How fun, though!  Plus, with our very own Kansas City Ikea opening in just two weeks, we had to scope things out.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a single picture.  I know... Shame on me!  I think I was all pictured out.  Plus, Kaden's a bit of a squirmy, little thing and makes it difficult to get good pics sometimes.  So, I just stashed the camera and enjoyed the scenery.  Once again, we were uber frugal and left with only a couple of decorative bins for my creative space and a rug for Ezekiel's bedroom, but our heads were bursting with ideas to continue making our house a home.

Well, that covers the highs.  We had a number of frustrating and creepy issues with our hotel and were totally turned off by the steep parking fees, literally, all over Minneapolis, but we're still bringing home lots of wonderful memories of our time just being together as a family.  Thanks so much for checking in on us!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, y'all!

13 comments:

Lisa said...

Looks like everyone had a GREAT time!! The pics of Kaden going after BJ's pizza are TOO MUCH FUN!!! TFS Jinny ;)

Leslie Germain said...

Looks like an amazing time spent with family!!! Love little Kaden trying to get the pizza!!

Miriam Prantner said...

What a fun trip! We need to do more of these little mini getaways!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fun family pictures Jinny. :) It's always nice to see the smiling faces of your family.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks like a WONDERFUL time!!!!! LOVING the photo!!!!!!!!

Lynn said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time away. Have to say I love Kaden's curls!

Ashley Horton said...

Love the great photos you got at the zoo Jinny, and the first family photo and the last photo of you and Kaden are awesome!!

Jennifer said...

What sweet and cute cuties! Looks like you all ha a wonderful time. =)

Monique Liedtke said...

So much fun lookung at your vacation photos!! I'm on holiday right now too and have to remember to post some too (we're in France). Loved those photos of the Misisipi waterfront! My dd is in Louisiana and we're hoping to visit her in February, maybe I'll see it then too :).

Ros Crawford said...

Loved seeing your photos ... You all look happy and well and that's the main thing ...

Maria said...

So happy you were all able to get away and have lots of fun! Great photos!:-)

Larissa Heskett said...

SO FUN!! LOVE all of the pictures and it looks like the lil man is learning how to be a part of the Group!! =) I can just Imagine his Sweet EXCITMENT for the pool!! Those Pizza Pic's are too FUNNY!! He's ready for the GOOD Stuff!! LOL!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Weekend!! =)

Tracy said...

Well that was quite a mix of places to visit. Sounds like for the most part it was a great trip. Hope you guys have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Hugs!