Friday, August 1, 2014

7 Quick Takes - MN Edition


Last weekend took a roadtrip to the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. I wanted to share a few "Quick Takes" from our trip. Visit Jen's blog for more "Quick Takes".

1. Star Trek Exhibition
The initial purpose of the trip was to visit the Star Trek exhibit at the Mall of America. My hubby is a major "Trekkie" (as in 300 unopened Star Trek action figures in my MIL's basement). So cute! When he heard about the exhibit, we couldn't plan a trip soon enough.

Unfortunately the exhibit left a lot to be desired, but we had fun exploring anyway. We even got a picture on the "bridge" with hubby in the commander's chair (I need to digitize it somehow).


2. Seeing my sisters
Two of my sisters live in the Twin Cities area, so of course I was super excited to see them. It always seems like time with sisters is too short.



3. My first blogger meet up IRL
I've been actively blogging for about a year and been blessed to connect with truly wonderful women. We got to meet the lovely DM + AM before I started actively blogging. In MN I met two other bloggers IRL!!! What a treat to get together with Joy Beyond the Cross for coffee and Infertile Minnesota for brunch! Two delightful, amazing, and inspiring gals! Thank you ladies for making time.

4. Albino squirrels
Have you heard the song Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota (by Weird Al)? A few years ago hubby was giving the song a listen and heard mention of the mecca of albino squirrels in Olney, IL. Immediately he wanted to drive to Olney to see an albino squirrel. Never a dull moment in our home!!! We haven't made it there yet (it's four hours away), but while standing outside my sister's house in St. Paul, guess what we saw?!?!

 

5. Minnehaha Falls
I've been to the Twin Cities several times, but never heard of Minnehaha Falls. It is a beautiful waterfall, literally right in the middle of the city. Sooooooooooo pretty. Also, listening to the GPS try to say "Minnehaha" gave us a good laugh.


6. Coffee
We got coffee and croissants at a pretty little bakery down the road from my sister's. The chocolate croissant was A-Mazing, and one of the best I've had. Also my sister made us french press coffee in the mornings and it was soooooooo smooth. Inspired by her I bought my own french press. Looking forward to using it.

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7. Basilica of Saint Mary
Minneapolis is home to America's first basilica. We stopped for a few minutes. It was the feastday of St. Anne so I lit a in the candle shrine dedicated to her.





It was such a nice weekend away, thanks for letting me share it with you.

God bless your weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

21 comments:

  1. Was that Star Trek exhibit the one where they won't let you take pics? it wa close to us for a while...I can't even remember if we went more just heard about it. The power of pictures on memory!

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    1. They wouldn't let us take pics, which was a major bummer. But at least we could take a picture outside by the sign. I'm just glad hubby got to go, even if it wasn't a great exhibit. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  2. I heard you got to meet other bloggers and was so excited/jealous ;) I remember walking around clueless there was an awesome online infertility blog community...but wishing there was. Until one day, I don't know how even, I stumbled across This Cross I Embrace and it was all downhill from there. What a gift we have in one another. Sounds like you had a good trip overall. And since you referenced Weird Al - did you see all those videos he published last week? They were hilarious.

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    1. I'll have to look up those videos...love funny videos! :) Yes, Praise God for the online blogging community it has been a HUGE blessing. P.S. Your home pics are beautiful.

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  3. We got married at The Basilica! That is my home church! Next trip go see the World's Largest Ball of Twine, it's a nice little drive to Darwin and the twine ball is a hoot if nothing else. It's in a nice old school park too!

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    1. How amazing to get married at such a beautiful church! I bet your pics are lovely. We will definitely have to get up to Darwin and see the biggest twine ball, sounds like it would be right up our alley. ;)

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  4. Your trip actually made me miss MN for a minute there! :) But really, it's such a great state and there is so much to do/see...you guys look like you had a blast. And the pic in front of Minehaha Falls should be framed, too cute!

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  5. What a lovely trip! Meeting up with TWO bloggers!! And seeing the albino squirrel!! And seeing family!! And the falls!! All lovely. :) Thanks for sharing it with us! :D

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing in the joys of our trip. It was so nice to get away!

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  6. I grew up in MN! (AM) Those are great places to visit. MN is great to visit in the summer because there is so much to do between nature and attractions. Embarrassing, I spent more time at MOA than I would like to admit...

    I am glad we got to meet you two! We hope we are lifelong friends.We hope for more meet-ups to come!

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    1. I was thinking of you AM when we were in MN!!!!! Amen about lifelong friends, and to more meet-ups, Lord-willing with you two beautiful souls someday!

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  7. SO jealous of the blogger meet ups. So fun! :) Sounds like a fun trip!

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  8. Aww, love this! Thanks for posting!

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  9. So glad that you had you had a great trip! One of these days I have got to get back to that part of the country, instead of settling for Macomb (western central IL).

    We had an albino squirrel at our house for a while. Unfortunately, they don't tend to live that long.

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    1. Thats sooooooo cool that you used to have albino squirrel at your house. My hubby would be jealous.

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  10. Love the pic with your sisters! Sisters are such a blessing. Y'all all look so alike, too!

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  11. I love blogger meet ups! I'm so glad you got to do that. And that chocolate croissant looks amazing.

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  12. I've always wanted to go to Minnehaha Falls! Like in the Betsy Tacy books! Great trip...love the pic with your sisters...you look beautiful!

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  13. You were in MN?!?!?! Let me know the next time you are in the area and we can meet up for coffee. DH and I only live about 15 minutes east of St. Paul. So glad you got to meet up with Infertile Minnesota and Joy Beyond The Cross! It's amazing how this community has made the world seem so much smaller :) It's such a good support system.

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    1. I didnt realize you were in the twin cities area, would love to get together!!!! Ill keep u posted if were back in town.

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