While we were in Minnesota, we toured the little town of Granite Falls - there were tons of ducks on the riverbank, and they weren't at all camera shy. I was reminded that we were way up north by this sign - I thought it was funny considering the daytime high was in the 90s that day (it was October after all).
The night before we left, the family gathered at Grandpa Vernon's apartment at the rest home to visit a little. It was nice and we looked at many photo albums, talking about other trips and reminiscing about the past. Of course the kids played and stayed up way past their bed times - their schedules were way out of whack this weekend. You wouldn't think one hour time zone change could make such a difference but it does. Especially around naps and bedtimes.10PM
The day we headed back to good ol' North Cackalaky we stopped and visited with my bestest childhood friend, Anna. She had gotten a job out in BFE, MN and so had to move away from me AGAIN! (this has become a bad habit of hers) Anyway, she seems happy there, and it was really great to have lunch and visit with her and her family! She has a daughter who is about 2 months younger than Anderson, so it's really fun to get together and see the kids interact with each other. She and her mother (who was also visiting) made us lunch which was really really really yummy, and we got to play at the park nearby for a little while during our visit.
Anderson and Sylva: Here's a really pretty mushroom I found by the park:
After our visit with Anna and Sylva, we headed back towards the airport with a little detour at the Mall of America. Wow. I could spend the whole day there for sure! Unfortunately I didn't find any fabric or yarn stores in the Mall. There was an oxygen bar though - really weird thing to watch if you've never seen it! I almost got out the camera to take a picture, but then I would have to pretend I was a foreign citizen, and I'm not much of an actress... so no picture. Just believe me - it was weird. The flight home was pretty uneventful, both kids slept for a while, and overall it was uneventful. We got home and pretty much passed out - it's hard travelling!
As for my projects... I did start the little sweater, but didn't get all that far - I didn't have much time to myself, and it was not an option in the plane with a squirmy 16 month old around. I'll post pix of the WIP when I get a chance. I got the blanket back that I made for Gladys... I'm not sure what I'll do with it... maybe hang it on the wall in my sewing room... I didn't want it going into a box somewhere and being forgotten, so I asked if I could take it home. I hope you all had a great first October weekend!