We’re back from yet another family road trip, (if you’re keeping score, that makes 3 road trip weekends in a row!).
This time we headed north to St Paul, Minnesota.
The main reason for this trip was to attend a family reunion for Matt’s side of the family.
We were going to leave after Matt got off work on Friday, but with the weather being cooler than normal, Matt got the day off so we were able to leave earlier, which was nice for Matt because, #1: He wasn’t as tired as he would have been from working all day, and #2: We were able to spend more time with his Sister, brother-in-law and his niece.
We headed out around noon and got to St Paul around 7:00 pm. The temp outside was only 62 degrees F, but that didn’t stop Emerson from asking, “Can we go swimming?” the very moment we got there. Luckily, the pool was heated, so she got to swim from about 30 mins.
Emerson and Vivienne made very quick friends with their cousins, Frannie and Sophie, and the four were inseparable the entire weekend.
On Saturday, the family reunion was great. Matt got to see relatives he hasn’t seen in years and I have to say, I even enjoyed myself talking with my relative-in-laws, (that’s the correct term, right?).
On Sunday, we all took a quick trip to the Mall of America.
I thought I was going to spend a lot more money than I did, but instead, we spent most of the time in the indoor amusement park there with the kids.
The children’s television channel Nickelodeon has taken over the Mall of America’s theme park, so we got to meet all of the BIG stars, like SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora the Explorer and Kai-Lan.
Matt and Emerson even went on the absolutely most insane rollercoaster that made me sick even looking at it. The “Rock Bottom Plunge”.
Meanwhile, Vivienne and I stuck to the smaller rides like SpongeBob's Pineapple bounce house and the Wonder Pet's Sky Ship.
After a fun day at the Mall, we went back to my sister-in-law’s house, packed our bags, said our always sad goodbyes, and took the 6-1/2 hour drive back home.
We had a really great time, but I think we are going stick a little closer to home next weekend… But then again, we have a whole week to change our minds.