The Great Midwestern Tour: Pt 1 Minnesota

We drove to Minnesota in two days, stopping over night in Nebraska.  You know it’s not a road trip without mentioning our audiobooks!  We enjoyed listening to “The Last Battle” all together on that drive and also finished a Magic Tree House book.  We started a fantastic series called, “The Wilderking Series” – in fact, it was probably my favorite read of the year!

The boys and I spent only a couple days there before continuing on to Wisconsin and then to Michigan on our own. Mike stayed in Minnesota for work until Friday when he met us in Michigan.  We spent our time exploring the “tubes”, coloring at Mike’s office, playing games and working out at the hotel.

Next Up: a brief layover in Wisconsin

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!

We love Minnesota…

You betcha, folks, we love this state.  The boys and I had the opportunity to travel with Mikey for one of his work trips to Minnesota and we had a great time.  (We planned it in conjunction with our 5th annual trip with the Maurer crew, but more on that in another post.)  We traveled out on Monday night and then the boys and I enjoyed various adventures during the week while Daddio worked.  We even met up with him a couple times during the work day for lunches and quick hellos.

Travel pics

Tuesday

  • breakfast at the hotel and time at the library
  • lunch in the park with Daddio and his co-worker (and his fam)
  • exploring the city (Guthrie Theatre)
  • time at the hotel pool (the boys’ reaction to getting to go swimming is priceless, isn’t it??)
  • dinner with another co-worker (and his son) with ice cream to follow

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Wednesday

  • Science Museum of St. Paul (highly recommend it!!!) and dinner with more co-workers and their families (no pics of that one)

Thursday

  • time with my dear friend, a former roommate from college

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  • delicious dinner and walk by Lake Calhoun

Friday

  • tunnel exploration from our hotel to the US Bank Stadium

…that afternoon we met up with the Maurer crew.  More on that in the next post.

We really had a lot of fun exploring this new city.  I imagine we’ll be back again; it was so much fun!!  And hopefully I’ll snag some of Ethan’s pictures so you can see the vacation from his eyes. =D