Minneapolis!

And now, here is the post about our long weekend trip with the Maurer family.

Friday

We met up with them in the afternoon on Friday.  Ethan wanted to surprise them, so he hid behind a pillar until they were close.  We spent some time playing at the hotel until Mike got there.  Then we went out for a yummy dinner walking distance from our hotel.  The kids never missed a beat – they began playing right away!

After dinner we headed to Minnehaha Falls.  We walked around a bit, made a little campsite and played at the park.

We read books together that evening before bed, as usual, and then the kiddos slept while the adults stayed up chatting late into the evening.

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Saturday

We began our day with breakfast at the hotel.

Then we headed out for a little hike at the wildlife refuge nearby.  It was a great spot and a really fun visitors center.  The kiddos (mostly the girls) did a little play for us during our hike.

After all of that fun, we had lunch at the Mall of America and spent the rest of the evening there.  The Maurer family had been before and had some favorite rides and great suggestions for us.  Our boys were a little more timid about rides, but they had an awesome time!  Milestone alert: the boys rode their first roller coasters (neither were big fans, but we were glad they gave it a go!).

We also played mini golf at the mall that evening and had dinner there.

The evening went much like the night before…stories and bed for the kids, stay up late for the adults.

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Sunday

Another yummy breakfast at the hotel to start our day.

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We spent a pretty chilly morning at Lake Calhoun playing frisbee, doing a little workout, building a cabin (AKA cabinet), and climbing trees.  A couple of us just sat and chatted, too. =)

After a late lunch at the Mall of America, we bowled a round (another milestone for our boys) before saying our goodbyes.

The Cleve Crew stuck around for a little more bowling and then flew home that evening. We arrived at our home about an hour after the Maurer clan finished their drive.  Awesome!

Thanks for another great trip!!  We loved it!

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