Famiglia!

Attention – this is unheard of! In the past 5 weeks we have seen all of our parents and grandparents- individually! There was no wedding, graduation, or anything else… just weekend visits and vacation!

Back in August my dad’s parents visited… then we went to the Outer Banks and saw Chris’s side of the family.

Then last weekend my grandmother began her epic trip back to Colorado, and we reunited with her at the Kernel in Owatonna. The special was French toast with raspberry fritter bread. I don’t know what raspberry fritter bread is, but I can attest that the food is delicious! The birds apparently thought so too because they kept trying to get in. Poor birdies.

And this weekend, my amazing parents came to visit. Soon after they arrived, the door mechanism broke. Thank goodness my folks were in town! We might never have left the house. Or if we had, we might have gotten locked out. Anyway, I was very thankful for their knob-replacement skills.

We had gorgeous fall weather so we went and played disc golf in Stewartville with the doggies. Chris nearly hit a deer with his disc!

The dogs were very interested but I wouldn’t let my dad sic ’em on the poor little deer. It did seem pretty unafraid of us, though. Maybe it knows that discgolfers couldn’t hit if they tried (it’s when they’re not trying that they’re dangerous).

Here we are after our game. Thankfully for me, we didn’t keep score.

That night we hit Rochester’s night life. We bought some books at Barnes & Noble… chocolates at Stam… ate dinner at Victoria’s… and headed home to watch Cowboys & Aliens. Laugh all you like, that movie is great, with some powerful themes of redemption, top-notch acting from James Bond and Hans Solo (I mean, Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford), great music, and exquisite scenery. Highly recommended – and I found it in the $5 bin at Walmart!

This morning I dragged dad to our first practice and flute choir – and we were all glad he was there!! He could actually count his measures! And his flute sounded great once he took the cleaner-stick out of it.

It’s always hard to see family go. I love Minnesota and our family here, but the time we spend with our blood family is so very precious. I am counting down the days until I see them again.

Well, before I close out this entry, a word of warning. I may be a particularly poor poster in the months to come. I am taking three classes. I am also working 32 hours/week, co-leading my Bible study, and prayerfully getting our parish nursing ministry off the ground. I can use all the prayers I can get – and may be a delinquent blogger for a semester or two. But don’t worry. I’ll be back!

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Outer Banks!!!

A lifetime ago – I mean, three weeks ago – we headed off to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to enjoy some quality time and sunshine with Chris’s mom and her best friends, who are now our dear friends. We had a fantastic time.This is the house we stayed in, “Soulshine.” 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 5 TVs, a hot tub, dog-friendly… how could we go wrong?!! (We couldn’t! It was perfect!)

I am a sunrise FIEND so I took about a million pictures of beach sunrises…

We ate and drank a lot of course… Hurricane Moe’s for happy hour, the Black Pelican for a nice dinner out, and John’s for a tasty lunch (oh, the fried okra!) Chris and his Papa made kabobs one night, and a shrimp boil another night.

Growing up, Chris came to this beach with these folks every summer on the very same week, so it was really fun to be able to join them for the tradition this year. The night of the shrimp boil we all gathered on the couch for a nice group shot.

Throughout the week Chris got lots of sweet kisses from his “sister” Rosie. She’s an affectionate little thing…

Back in Richmond, we spent a couple more days spending time with family.

It was so nice to get away and see our family in the East and chill on the beach – but we were also really happy to get back and see our pups!!

Up next… pictures from my parents’ visit!