Road trip to the big city

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This past weekend we took a road trip up to Minneapolis to see Holly and Timothy.

I’m ashamed to say we have never been to church with them since they’ve been married! And with everything after losing mom and dad last summer, it’s been over a year (maybe two years?) since we’ve even been up there to see them.

Needless to say we were all very excited to get out-of-town. So much so that we ended up leaving Thursday afternoon, instead of Friday as we had planned.

Someone is excited!

Someone is tired!

And someone is mad that she has to ride in her kennel in the trunk!


Holly and Timothy had something already planned for Thursday night. I think. Honestly I can’t remember now. Well anyway, I do know that we met up for supper at Wendy’s half way between us and them.

Oh ya, they did have plans since we weren’t supposed to come to town until Friday.  So anyway, we met up for supper on their way to see their friends.

And let the temptation begin.


I wasn’t sure about starting the Better Body System the day we left for vacation. But I was so tired of feeling run down and gross and overweight and tired and… well you get the picture. I just couldn’t wait any longer. And it actually wasn’t too hard. The hardest part was since we were eating out for every meal finding a place that they all liked (junk food : )).

I didn’t eat with them at this meal. : )


After supper we stopped by the grocery store to get me some groceries. Thankfully our hotel room had a full kitchen with a fridge and so I could get some healthy snacks.

And then we went back to the hotel to let the kids swim a little. Unfortunately I had forgotten their floaties again.

{Yes sister, I did. I know you are going to KILL me when you read this.}

We have like 14 pairs of floaties because every time we go swimming I forget to bring them. Thankfully Target has them real cheap.


Friday morning we were up bright and early and in the car again. We took about a 30 minute drive to Hudson, WI, where Mom and Dad’s boat is.


Caleb on a mission to find Papa’s boat.




The kids were begging to go inside and we ended up letting them.

This picture brings me great joy and also great sadness.


I can’t find it now, but the last mini-vacation the kids had with my parents (end of May/beginning of June last year), my mom had sent me a picture just like this. It was in the morning and the kids were having breakfast on the boat.  So after a few minutes I told Pat it was time we left, even though the kids could have stayed there all day.

Back in the big city, Pat found a place he was so anticipating going – BJ’s Hot Dog Shoppe! My man loves his Chicago dogs!


And then we were back to the hotel again. Thankfully Pat went swimming with the kids so I could have some time to relax and write.


Friday night Holly and Timothy came over to hang out with us at the hotel.


Poor Timothy. This is what the kids do to him. He’s such a good sport!


Friday night we found a neat place close to our hotel. It was a BBQ place and it had some very interesting décor!


Caleb was not impressed. : )

But the food was great and then I think we all headed home for bed.

Saturday morning we went over to Holly and Timothy’s apartment. They had moved earlier this Spring and so it was our first time seeing their cute little place.

They wanted to take us to a beach near them and so that’s what we did! Unfortunately I didn’t think about bringing suits or towels or anything sensible like that.


But Angel and Caleb didn’t care.


Enjoying the nice company and weather!


There was a walk/run/benefit for lung cancer going on at the time and they had a dance and drum corps from a local college perform. Angel and I went over to watch and she was so captivated! She starts dance again in a few weeks and is so excited!


We stopped somewhere for lunch and then went back to the hotel so the kids could swim.

Thankfully Timothy is a very patient person and enjoys his little brother and sister. So he went swimming with the kids while Holly and I got to relax and visit!


Saturday night we had plans to go see my uncle and aunt, Pat and Vivian. (Pat is my mom’s brother.) And we were all so excited when my cousin Jenna, her husband Matthew and their 2-week old precious baby girl showed up too!


While my cousin Patrick entertained the kiddos, the grown ups got to ooh and aah over Margaret.


Mama Jenna and her baby.


Can anyone say baby fever?


Don’t say it to this guy! He certainly loves babies, but there’s no baby fever in this house!


The sweet family! It was fun to talk with them about becoming new parents. And we might have shared a birth story or two. Poor guys!


My cousin Ben cooked us up a fabulous meal!


The three Patricks.

My Patrick enjoyed teasing my aunt Viv. Anytime she would ask one of her Patricks to do something, he would say, “No!”


Not only is he good with babies, but he’s good with birds that don’t usually like people.

I think I’ve got myself a keeper!


The kiddos with their cousin Dominic (Ben’s son). They had so much fun playing together.


Sunday morning we drove into the big city to go to Holly and Timothy’s church.


Yes, Lord!


It was a God honoring worship service and we were blessed beyond measure.

(We heard the last of a sermon series on conflict resolution. Good stuff if you want to listen!)


After church I asked Pat if we could please stop by the Mall of America before leaving town.

He’d be amazing even if he had said no, but he surprised me and said yes!

We might have had a little fun on the escalators. I’m pretty sure that’s why my kids like the Mall of America.


It could also be because we see things like this guy…


And ride a few rides…


And see cool things like this…


Don’t they look good with kids? Hee hee.


As you might have already read about, Angel got her ears pierced.


And then it was time to go home. : (

But not before a few last pictures!



We had such a wonderful time!

Join us in praying for Holly and Timothy as they serve the Lord through CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ).

They are both on staff as full-time interns this year and would covet your prayers.

If you want more information about how to help support them prayerfully and/or financially, you can go here!



2 thoughts on “Road trip to the big city

    Danelle said:
    August 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    14 floaties……more like 114!!!!

      Missy responded:
      August 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm


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