I had a blast visiting home! I was disappointed to head back to Pelican Rapids on Saturday night.
We did a lot while we were home though… It was exhausting but fun.
We arrived Thursday night around 8:30 on the dot. During the drive we made a few pit-stops. We stopped in Fergus Falls for dinner, which is only about an hour from Pelican Rapids. We stopped for a potty break and stretch break. My back gets so sore sitting for too long. Of course my back was really bugging me Thursday. One of our last stops was to Albertville Outlets. Corey and I both got new running shoes. We have started changing our lifestyle and added running into our routines. I probably complain too much about running, but soon enough my body will no longer hurt, I hope. I’m ready to start running on grass instead of blacktop, I think that will help with shin splints, etc. Once we arrived at home Ella and Buddy began playing immediately. They really love each other (a little too much from what my mom told me). Shortly after we got home Corey and I went down to my grandma’s apartment to visit with my aunt and uncle visiting from Alabama. (They left early Friday morning so I’m glad we went home when we did.) It is always such a blessing to spend time with my Uncle Barry and Aunt Tammy. While we were chatting Barry pulled out some scrapbooks of my grandpa’s from when he was around. During his visit here Barry had pulled those out (none of them anyone has seen besides my grandma). It was so fun to go through those with Barry, my mom, grandma, and Corey. Those moments are some I will NEVER forget! We giggled, laughed and smiled all night. It was incredible to see my grandma’s smile as she talked about some of the things and looked at pictures from the past. I took some pictures of some of the things in the scrapbooks. I wish that I would have taken more pictures but I would have just have had too many. I limited it to four.
This is a ticket to a Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Gophers Football Game on November 19, 1949.
The ticket was only $3.50! It’s a little bit different now…
This is my grandpa’s High School Graduation program. Unfortunately the picture I took is blurry.
He graduated from Mentor, MN high school.
This is my grandpa’s passing driver’s test. He did fail the first time he took it.
Here is my beautiful grandma. I wish I could remember when this was taken and how old she was. I think it is probably in high school.
I also got to see miss Adalynn too. I love that girl!
Alright, that’s it for my Thursday adventure.
We started our Friday morning with a nice run on FLAT surfaces. It was really nice to run on a flat surface versus our hilly surface. After our run we stopped in and talked to Barry and Tammy before they headed out. Later we headed to MOA after we had breakfast at Panera and coffee at Caribou. Good way to start the day! At MOA we made our first stop at the Apple Store. Corey had to get his battery replaced on his MacBook Pro and I got a BRAND new MacBook Air. So far it is working perfectly for what I need (and it saved us a few hundred dollars versus the MacBook Pro). All I do on my computer is store pictures, update my blog, check emails, Facebook and Pinterest, and work on job applying stuff (resumes, cover letters, etc.). The new laptop is also very light, it’s nice! We shopped for a little while longer, of course. I miss shopping at MOA. After shopping we made a pit stop for lunch and then headed off to Luther Seminary. I loved driving around the area and seeing St. Paul area again. That area around Luther Seminary is by far my favorite place to be ever- I love the area, it has so much character. Corey needed to drop off some paper work at the seminary (and since we were going to be in town it was just easier). Last time we mailed something they lost it in the system somewhere! After all our running around and getting all our errands done we were off to Ann’s. She was working from home Friday (sorry for distracting you while you were working). While she was working Corey and I were setting up my new computer. We stayed at Ann’s Friday night to celebrate some birthdays. Ann’s on January 5th, Kayla’s on February 14th, and Corey’s on February 20th. It was nice to get together with everyone, it’s not often Corey and Kayla can BOTH be around with both of our crazy schedules. Dawn and Elaine (Corey’s aunt and grandma) joined us for dinner too! Donald (Corey’s grandpa) got struck with the flu unfortunately. We missed not being able to see him. Without him Corey is very out numbered! Five girls to one boy.
Phew, that’s it for Friday.
Saturday morning we woke up and got ready to head back to Shakopee. Ann made us some eggs and sausage for breakfast (thanks, it was yummy). We also spent some time just hanging out and talking over coffee. I had to get home so my mom and I could go get our hair done. I got home a little early so my mom and I had time to go to lunch! We went to Buca di Beppo for lunch. While we were having girl time Corey went to Canterbury (something he really enjoys to do). After lunch my mom and I headed to Ambiance Spa & Salon in Burnsville. Ask for Amber Saulsbury and let her know Colleen Loerzel referred you. You will get a first time guest discount as well as my mom will get a discount on her next visit. Amber did a great job! Not only does she cut but she styles after the trim is done. So, I got a wash, cut, and style! It was amazing. The treatment there was superb. I usually just go to Great Clips because it’s quick and cheap- but you do get what you pay for! My experience at Ambiance was well worth it and I will be going back again when I’m in town.
After getting the spa treatment Corey and I had a decision to make. Do we stay for dinner and go to Chick-Fil-A with my parents and Patty and Terry Larson (longgggggg time family friends, more like my aunt and uncle) or do we head back to Pelican Rapids. Corey said it was ok to stay for dinner, I was glad because it had been a very long time since I had seen them (and the longer I got at home the better). So, we had dinner with everyone and left for Pelican Rapids around 6:00. We got home a little after 9:30.
On another note. My cousin LeAnn gave birth to a beautiful baby boy Saturday, March 15th at 7:25pm. I’m am so proud of my cousin and cannot wait to meet her little man. He is adorable! I love him so much already. My cousin has such a special place in my heart and now so does her son. Love you both!
Overall the trip home was really memorable although there were a lot of people I didn’t get to see and a lot of things I didn’t get to do. Hang out with miss Adalynn more, see Lisa, Steve and Samuel, see Haley and Brandy, go to the Zoo and do more shopping plus lots of other things that I could continue to list off. Next time we visit home we will have to carve out more time to visit with more people and do more things (hopefully).
This past week has been pretty relaxing. Corey and I have been playing a lot of Hand-and-Foot together (of course I’m winning all of the games). On Thursday night I started getting sick with a nasty cold. On Friday morning I woke up to heavy snow. My boss texted me and told me to just come in late because the roads were pretty slick. I went into work around 10:15 Friday but was really not feeling well. I’m glad it was Friday and that I had a shorter day. All day Saturday and Sunday I felt pretty sick. Today was a teacher in-service day so I had no school. It was nice to just relax. My head is feeling a little better but I’m still really stuffed up and have a nasty nasty cough. No more headache, no more sore throat… So I think I’m on the mend!
This coming week is going to be a little busier. Tomorrow night is dining out at The Pelican in Pelican Rapids. (How original of a name, right?) Wednesday is Lent services. We have a soup dinner before the service. Corey preaches on Sunday. Right now Corey is at church meeting with a couple that is getting married (I’m not sure when). Corey will be helping out with their ceremony, it will be his first wedding.
Well, I guess that is it for now. Nothing too exciting to come- we will just be a little busier which is a good thing.
Until next time!