Aimee flew in Thursday around 4 pm, so Parker and I headed to Minneapolis to pick her up. On the way home we stopped at the Land's End coat sale and I got myself a puffy white down coat that will withstand -30 degree weather!!! Check..got that off my list of winter survival gear. We headed home and planned all kinds of sight seeing things to do in Minneapolis once we picked up Kari and Skinny.
They arrived around 11 am on Friday and from there we headed to the Mall of America. It is usually the first place I take people because it is like a mile from the airport. From there we headed to a burger joint, the 5-8 Club, for lunch. Aimee had watched Man vs. Food in Minneapolis and the guy ate a Juicy Lucy burger...the patty is filled with cheese...yummy and delicious! So we all ordered one and stuffed ourselves to the max! Minnehaha Falls were next on the agenda...beautiful waterfall in a park. Parker and I stayed in the car so he could nap while the rest of the gang checked it out and got some pretty photos. Continuing on...we then drove to the Stone Arch Bridge and called it a day. Parker was worn out and Patrick was anxious to see his buddy :) That night we hung out and caught up while Patrick and Skinny went to met up with some of Patrick's classmates.
Saturday we all slowly got out of bed and headed to Northfield. We caught the tail end of their Riverwalk Tent Craft Sale. We didn't buy anything, just browsed.
Fireside Apple Orchards. Kari, Aimee, and Skinny got to experience apple picking for the first time. It was a little different from when we went with my parents...all different apples were ripe for the pickin' (Snow Sweet was our favorite), half of the apples had fallen to the ground already, and the tree leaves were turning brown! I finally got my caramel covered apple...it was yummy. And Skinny bought some sugary coated deep fried donuts that were heaven. We all watched the Aggies beat the hell outta Texas Tech that evening and Skinny serenaded us with his musical talents like always. Patrick and I sure missed those evenings listening to him play his guitar and singing Texas country...thanks for giving us our fix!
Monday we unfortunately had to take Kari and Skinny back to the airport...boooo! Aimee, Parker and I hit up a few more sights in Minneapolis before heading home. Our first stop was at the St. Paul Cathedral. I had seen it before when we first moved up here but I definitely didn't mind...it is so pretty and huge. The capitol is very close, so we drove by and took some photos but didn't go inside. We then went to the Como Zoo...saw some awesome animals...like a polar bear, gorilla, and of course monkeys...my favorite. I like seeing them but always feel so sorry for them :( Two more things on our list...The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Sculpture Garden. We made it to both, but unfortunately the Basilica closed early and we didn't get to go inside.
Busy weekend and good visiting time! We are relaxing this weekend, making lots of baby food for Parker, celebrating AJ's birthday, and getting ready for Grandma and Grandpa Hebert. Four more sleeps until they are here!!! And seven more sleeps until our trip back to Texas!!!!!
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