staycation cont. – “cherry in the spoon park.”

Today was another fun day spent with Kari and the girls. We went to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. I hadn’t been there since college so it was fun to walk through and see all the new pieces of artwork. It was more fun though to watch the girls run around being their goofy self’s and ask “What’s bat? What’s ober bear? WOW, that’s a BIG cherry!!”

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It’s so fun taking the girls somewhere new and watching their expressions. I am loving this week home with them and am blessed that the weather is beautiful and that Kari can come along with me before her 3 month adventure in Arkansas. The girls will miss “Aunkey” and I know she’ll miss them too, so soaking up as much time together is important.

Here’s to another beautiful day and fun-filled adventure tomorrow!

 

staycation – “huge rainbow park.”

This week I am fortunate enough to be home with the girls all week. Usually I plan something fun to do on Mondays when I am home, but now I’m trying to plan something fun to do every day this week!

So first up – Elm Creek Park. It had a huge play area designed for kids of all ages with rubber floors, tunnels, three-story slides, and tons of new climbing things that were totally new to the girls – they loved it!!

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“That huge rainbow park was beautiful! Can we go back tomorrow?” -Elliot

off to the zoo.

This weekend my sister, mom, the girls, and I went to the MN Zoo. It was so fun hanging out and having a girls day and watching the girls’ reactions towards all the animals, especially ones they have only seen in books!

To start the day, we needed a picture. Especially since Kari decided to dress like me :)Image

They wanted to ride the turtle. This is probably as close to that as they’ll ever get.

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Grandma with a busy onlooker.

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Next we visited the Butterfly Garden. First we had to go over some rules: No touching. No killing. Those were basically the two main rules. What’s the first thing Elliot does when she gets in? STOMPS on an exotic zebra butterfly as we’re admiring it in its pathway. Seriously, girl!

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By mid afternoon some little feet were getting tired, so Auntie offered to help out.

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We were all looking forward to visiting the Dinosaur Exhibit while at the zoo! After watching Dinosaur Train and Land Before Time countless times, I thought for sure Elliot would love seeing semi life-size replicates of these creatures. She seemed excited, but as soon as we got in and the first one rawred, she was done!

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Cora did quite well. She was a little hesitant if we got too close, and grabbed on a little tighter, but overall I was impressed at how well she took to the large creatures.

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We also took the monorail at the end of the day and by then both girls were exhausted. Even just sitting and watching the animals out the window seemed tough. They made it through though, just barely.

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What a fun day!!

since when?

Since when is she allowed to look so grown up?

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Doesn’t she look like a little girl here? Pretty soon she’ll be walking off to kindergarten so time really needs to slow way down! I did not give her permission to look so grown up…