Happy Monday!

Another weekend passes. I hope everyone had a good one! Ours was pretty good. Saturday Jason golfed, so Bailey and I had a day together, just the two of us. We rode our bikes into town, which is about 2.5 miles. Went to a friend’s house for a little while, then DQ for lunch. After we ate, we went into down town and found a yard sale. Bailey found some books, as he always manges to do. I got some candles, and candy. 🙂 Then we rode home, had supper, and watched a movie. Imagine That, an Eddie Murphy movie. It was cute.

Sunday, Bailey and his team had their first baseball games. Two, and lost both. We kinda half expected that. It wasn’t very often we had the whole team together to practice. No matter how skilled you are, if you don’t have chemistry with your teammates, if you don’t understand how one another plays, chances are you will fail. But, they weren’t horrible. They have potential, and I think they will be just fine! 🙂

So, last weekend we went to Taylors Falls and I said I’d share some pictures with you. So here goes. We had an incredible day. One none of us will ever forget. It was perfect!

Bailey and Trinity standing in a glacial pothole.
Lily pond

Me, Jason and Bailey in front of the St.Croix River

St.Croix River. Absolutely breath-taking.

Bailey and Trinity, way up there! We did so much climbing, more climbing than actual hiking. Yes, I was feeling it for the next two days!

The kids impressed me with their endurance and climbing skills!

Taking it all in. Admiring nature at it’s best.

A playground, that was also art?!

A house suspending in the air by chains. It pretty much speaks for itself, odd.

Two very happy kids, who made this trip perfect!

I have 131 pictures, I wished I could show you all of them. If you’re Facebook, you got to see them. We had a lot of fun. After hiking and climbing, we went to a 5o’s diner, and burgers and root-beer floats. Then we went miniature golfing. On our way home, we hit up the sculpture park, and boy was that place crazy! It’s amazing what some people find to be art. Interesting, to say the least.

Well, there ya have it. Hope you enjoyed looking at them!! So, how was your weekend? And plans for your week ahead?

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13 Responses to Happy Monday!

  1. Sue says:

    Trinity had so much fun and talked about the diner the most! She thought that was neat how you ate in the car. LOL! We will have to go out there sometime b/c it looks like the pictures don’t do it justice. They’re beautiful so you know it must be spectacular in person. We want to take the kids to Itasca State Park sometime this fall and I hope Bailey will come with us, let me know what would work!

    • Nikki says:

      Ahh yes, I should clarify it wasn’t a 50’s diner, it was a 50’s Drive in. It was a last minute thing too. We decided to drive down Main St. to see what kind of shops we could find, and came across that. Thought it’d be fun. Did she tell you the tray hanging on the window fell. That was pretty funny!

  2. Joy says:

    What great pictures. I’m so glad you had fun. We always had fun when we went there. I’d like to go again sometime. My favorite is the covered bridge.

    I thought the boys played okay today. They didn’t stink and like you said, you need to learn how one another play and learn to play as a team. It will come. You also played the so called two best teams. You can either look at it like you got a raw deal playing them first or that you’re lucky and those two games are out of the way. I was impressed with the kids and I was VERY impressed with Jason. He did really well with the kids. It’s also my prerogative to not like to hear Bailey getting yelled at. LOL!!! Jason surprised me. He did good.

    I’ll come back tomorrow. I’m dead ass tired tonight and it’s time for Wii bowling.

    Oh ya, too bad about our Vikings but hey, it’s like Bailey’s team. I’m glad it’s over.

  3. SKL says:

    That place looks beautiful! Someday I’m gonna take the girls on a cross-country car trip and I’ll try to remember there is some cool stuff in your neck of the woods.

    It’s great that the two cousins are so close in age and in geography. They can really have fun together and share great memories. I really didn’t get much time with my cousins when we were young.

    My weekend went mostly as planned, except that the Saturday stuff got way dragged out, we got home (from the grandparents’ house) at 4am Sunday, and so, we skipped church / Sunday School. I’m working mostly normal hours, but the truth is, I am not feeling inspired! The stuff I have to work on this weekend is excrutiatingly boring. Which means it’s harder than ever to focus.

    So how do your kids act at the grandparents’ house? My kids used to be so shy that up until maybe 6 months ago, I could hardly get them to talk to the grandparents. (Plus, Miss E was scared of their dog.) Well, now, my kids are not inhibited over there – which means sometimes they are kinda bratty. I don’t think I would have gotten away with that as a kid, though it’s hard to remember being 3yo. Miss E in particular has no problem telling Grandpa off in no uncertain words when he pulls rank on her. She’s not loud or whiney, just muttery, but she says exactly what’s on her mind. I am not sure Grandpa likes this. I know he’s crazy about the girls, but like me, he grew up in different times. Then again, I’m not sure it’s really about “the times.” I think it’s Miss E’s personality. Surely someday this will be a great asset, but right now, I’m on the fence. When do kids learn that grandparents deserve more deference than that? (Come to think of it, I don’t think she’d talk that way to Grandma. Grandma has that “oh, I don’t think so” look.)

    The only thing new about this coming week is that first vision therapy session. I have mentioned that too many times already. After that I’ll try to do the grocery shopping that we missed this past weekend. At work, we have a couple more “big deadlines” which is nothing new. Oh, and tax day on the 15th – woo hoo! That’s about it for now.

    • Nikki says:

      I think, Bailey is respectful with his grandparents. I guess Joy could answer this one! He’d never argue, or disobey them. I hope! Joy???

      I think, it’s a good quality to have, speaking her mind. It will come in handy when she is older. Maybe she feels comfortable enough with Grandpa to speak like that. I don’t know!

      • Joy says:

        I can’t imagine Bailey being disrespectful of anyone. He’s very emotional and I don’t think he’d speak his mind if he wanted to. He’s always so afraid of hurting someone’s feelings. But I do feel it’s something people need to do in life but for some, it’s hard. I’ve only been able to speak my mind for the last 10 years or so. When I was young I never said ANYTHING that “might” hurt someone’s feelings. Bailey is a rare boy and I mean that in a very good way.

        • Nikki says:

          Thank you, that just made me cry! I think he’s a rare kind also. I always tell him, whoever is lucky enough to marry him, in 20 years, will be a very happy women.

  4. Ellen says:

    You must have had a wonderful time there! It looks so beautiful. Nice a day on the road with your kid, isn’t?

    My weekend was a working weekend 😦 But it had some fun too. We got an outside call to the code phone at the hospital. My colleague asked the man to call back and press 0 for the operator. So he did, and he got me. He wanted to be put through to the extension of the code phone, and I told him that is not a patient room. I asked for the name, but the man had a thick Spanish accent, so I suggested he would spell the last name, so I could look it up in the system. That was apparently too much trouble, because all he said was : F.Y, guys! And he hang up. Before he hang up, I asked him, how to spell that. I think he did not understand the humor of it. My colleague and I had a good laugh about it 🙂

  5. widi says:

    I like Monday! Great post.

  6. mssc54 says:

    I liked the pics. To bad about BOTH games. Only one way to go from here. 😉

  7. Laura says:

    Ahh, FINALLY got my internet back. It went out around noon yesterday, and I’d been having withdrawal shakes for close to 24 hours, until it kicked in again.

    Awesome pictures, Nikki… you guys look like you had a really good time!

    Our weekend was fun. Saturday was Josh’s birthday, so it was All About Josh day – mostly. We started out (8AM) with a Cub Scout Service Project – cleaning under the bleachers at the HS Field. The games are always played on Friday nights, so Saturdays, our Pack goes and cleans up. When all the kids are there, it goes pretty fast, so we finished about 8:30. The pack sang Happy Birthday to Josh over donuts, which Josh just BEAMED through! Then it was… load up the truck and move out… had to get QUICKLY across town for a Punt-Pass-Kick competition that Josh wanted to do. He was in the lowest age-group, and did ok. He had more fun afterward, I think, just running around tackling the big kids, who totally indulged the little ones. I love small towns!

    THEN, it was to Wal-mart where… gasp!!… I BOUGHT a birthday cake for Josh. (Hey… I made cupcakes the day before for his class, and in two weeks, we’re doing his BIG party, and there’ll be a homemade, sculpted, fondanted, decorated, wicked-ass cake then.) Then home so he could open his presents – speed racer hat/shirt, Lego Kingdom catapult and prison carriage. My boy was very very happy.

    Then they went upstairs to watch the Iowa/Iowa State game, and I snuck into Josh’s room to test-drive his new bed for a coupla hours. I was running on 4 hours of sleep, and I was really tired!! At night, it was McD’s for dinner (Josh’s choice, of course), then bed. It was a good day.

    Yesterday, we watched the Bears get the biggest gift they could ever ask for when the Lions scored and had the TD taken away on a technicality. I stand with the Lions fans on this one… what the HECK????

    After the Bears debacle, we went back to town to watch our friend’s son (he’s 10) play community/pony football. It was an awesome game, and we had a really good time.

    Then last night, after all was settled down, I sat and watched “The Importance of Being Earnest”. I’d forgotten how good that movie is.

    But I’m glad the weekend’s over… I need the rest!

    • SKL says:

      LOL about the birthday cake! I think it’s been about 30 years since I baked one myself – and that was out of a box! My kids might not even know that people bake birthday cakes. Sounds like your son and you had a great time.

  8. starlaschat says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Perfect days are really some of the best parts of Life. Glad you guys had so much fun. What a pretty area, looks like lots of climbing.

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