Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Family Get-a-way: Minnesota/Wisconsin

Before we had the whole Blake surgery thing, we took a trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin.  It was the weekend before the surgery.  We really wanted to getaway and spend some quality time with the family.  It was a really nice three days up there!

On Thursday afternoon we headed north and Aaron ended up getting a migraine so I had to drive.  We ended up never switching, so I drove through rush hour.  And construction.  And was sweating pretty much the whole entire time.  UGH!  Why would anybody want to do that on a daily basis?!  The good news is that Aaron said he never felt like his life was in danger - ha!

We stayed with my cousin Shanda and her husband, Matt, along with their girls, Arabella and Ivy in Hudson, Wisconsin.  They were kind enough to put up with our chaos for three nights!
 Friday morning we went to Hastings and met my grandma and grandpa for brunch at the Legion.  I love the view!  Right on the good old Mississippi River!  It was nice to have a few hours to catch-up and see them. 

We headed to a Minnesota Twins game Friday night.  It was the kids' first trip to Target Field.  Outside they had a statue of Tony Oliva.  The twins think these are real people!!  They were holding a conversation with him.
 And yes, Bowen, was attacking his backside. 

 We got there for batting practice by the Cleveland Indians.  Our seats were in the shade in left center.  When Aaron and I went a couple of years ago we sat down the first base line and I definitely liked our seats better this time.  I like to watch the ball come off the bat from there. 
 We were there to watch #7.  AKA...Joe Mauer!  Jenna was pretty excited about that, especially when Aaron told her he was in the bullpen, which was right next to us. 
 Our usher was AWESOME.  Seriously, that guy made our experience so good!  He got us a bag for our bobbleheads, got the kids "First Game at Target Field" certificates and offered to take a family photo for us. 
 Brody was quite certain he was going to die of thirst and hunger from the get-go. 
 It was double-bobble head night!  A bobble head with both Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.  Photo courtesy: Brody.
 Joe, getting ready to warm-up the starting pitcher.
 We made it five innings, which wasn't terrible.  Brody drank an entire Gatorade, so that was troublesome for his bladder and trips to the bathroom!  Otherwise, it was a success. :)
 On Saturday, we played in the park, Shanda and I went for a run, Aaron and Matt took the kids swimming, we went to a state park and hiked to the falls and we ended our day with the most yummy milkshakes EVER.  It was a good day. 
 I could not believe the people that were hiking to the falls.  Strollers, coolers and loads of people on the trail.  We kept track and it was 3.9 miles roundtrip.  That's a lot for little legs!
 So, so pretty. 

On the Thursday we headed up to Minnesota/Wisconsin, my brother and his wife, Mandy, had baby #2!  So, naturally, we had to make a trip through Mankato on our way back through.  McCoy Jay Hunecke is a definite keeper!  This Aunt was in love. :)
He weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. at birth, but Mandy said he had lost a pound.  He seemed so little, until I realized he was the same size as the twins!  When I held him by my stomach and realized I had that times two, he suddenly seemed very big. :)
Cousins are the BEST!  The best pic we could get.  Bowen looks bored. :)
I was so grateful for the time away.  The time with family. 

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