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Weekend Update: 10/7/12


As always, a caramel skim latte from Caribou for the car ride up to the cities


First stop: MOA (Mall of America). . . Luke and I kept ourselves entertained in the dressing room with Dad was trying on pants.


They were having a competition – making structures out of canned foods – with local architectural firms to support a local food shelter. . . they were still early in the building process. Le Sueur –> represent!


But had some cool photos from years past. . . IMG_1981IMG_1982

Then, off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. . .

Grandma Mary just got back from Seattle and brought back a super adorable toy airplane for Luke. IMG_1988

Which he loved for about 2 minutes and then the rug was much more interesting! Oh the life of a almost 6 month old. Smile 


Abby did not appreciate having to share attention with Luke – and also he was on her rug.  ..


Then, we all went and had lunch at Scott’s favorite restaurant – Chili’s – where he always gets the same thing. . . chipotle chicken crispers..  . so boring! Love their chips and salsa though! And I had a fabulous bowl of potato soup and a yummy sandwich. Great lunch with great company.


Abby being cute in the car – love her paws together! IMG_2027

I had gotten Scott an arrangement from Edible Arrangements for our 4th anniversary, and we went a finally picked it up last weekend. (it is sorta out of our way, hence why we didn’t get it until then.) But they messed up the order and gave me dark chocolate strawberries. And the lady at the store wasn’t helpful at all. . . so social media to the rescue – I tweeted about it!

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And heard back from the company and they offered to make it right. . . another bouquet with all white chocolate strawberries – and they were delicious! Thanks again Edible Arrangements for making it right. Smile 


Dinner on Saturday night – squash! Abby has learned very quickly to be close by when Luke is in his high chair. IMG_2030

And she tries so hard. . .


notice the puppy nose in this picture! –>


Dad having fun with the camera. ..


And bummer. . . at Target on Sunday to pick up antibiotics for Luke’s 1st ear infection. Boo.


Thankfully, he was feeling good enough later in the day to put on his Packers sweatshirt and go for his 1st family run!


I bundled him up good – cause it was only 55 degrees out. . . and put some extra padding in to help keep him in place.


He did great! And even fell asleep on the way home. Winking smile 


Family pic… or as close as we could get! Winking smile 


And my calf stayed nice and quiet! 3 miles and no pain –> I’ll take it. Smile

Overall, a really nice weekend. .. and I think Luke is starting to feel better from his ear infection.

What were you up to? Any running? Eats at a good restaurant?



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2011 Chocolate March

This afternoon, Scott and I drove up to the cities, specifically the city of Stillwater, to participate in the 2011 Chocolate March. I had seen this offer come up on Groupon and thought that it looked fun.

It was put on by the Inns of the Valley. We went to 3 bed and breakfasts in Stillwater and 1 museum. Each place was open to Chocolate March participants, had tours around their places, and some sort of chocolate treat.


We shared some clemetines on the car ride up.

Quick stop at Target to get Scott some new shades.


Chocolate March this way!

Our first stop – The Water Street Inn


One of their rooms – love that bed.


The view of the St. Croix River from the balcony.



Scott enjoying the chocolate treats. One was a raspberry with chocolate mousse and the other was carrot cake  = best of the day!


Our 2nd stop at the old Warden’s House Museum.



Old doctor’s medicine bottles and old surveying equipment

They had hazelnut chocolates for us at this place – nothing too exciting. . .

Third place: Country Cove


We had to put our shoes in plastic bags and carry them with us, because we came and left through different doors!


Ice cream sundaes with a chocolate pretzel rod.


Cookie bar, chocolate cake cookie and jelly beans.


Where Scott got us stuck in the snow. . . thankfully there were lots of people to help us quickly get out!

Our 4th stop. . .


Outing Lodge


We thought it was appropriate that on the Chocolate March, there was a chocolate lab!


Lemon sorbet, which Scott enjoyed next to the massive fireplace.


They also had a white chocolate and milk chocolate fondue bar.


Another HUGE fireplace, and a very ornate tub.

It took us about 2 1/2 hours to go to all four places, and we were pretty full of chocolate by the time we were done! We both agreed that it was a good time. We thought it would be a good activity to do with another couple sometime.

Afterwards, we headed back to my parent’s house to find:


She seemed pretty happy to see us!

We went to Chili’s with my parent’s for dinner.


They don’t really get the whole ‘smile for the blog’ concept! Smile 


Ever since Scott’s surprise birthday party where the ‘plan’ was to go to Chili’s with my family for dinner, we have all been hungry for margaritas with chips and salsa.



I also got the ‘big mouth bites.’ Basically 4 mini burgers with onion rings.

We had a good time, with good conversation!

Abby needed (wanted?) lots of attention on the way back to Mankato.

Now, we are all home again! Time for some family snuggling and bed. See ya tomorrow.

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