I really had a great time with my family. Being so far from them makes the time we have together so much more precious to me. I feel as though I really took for granted living so close to my family and friends and I really look forward to talking to and spending time with them when they come out here, or I go out to visit. That's one thing I've really learned after moving away: Appreciate and cherish the time with your family and friends. Treasure it and don't ever take it for granted. In some ways, I've grown closer to people through learning this. I spend time talking to my family and friends in ways I never did before. I don't take things for granted anymore and I spend a lot more time with my family here than I ever did before. I've slowed down and I love it.
Anyway, here are some of the highlights of the trip when my mom, stepdad, sister and nephews came out in July. It was great to spend time with everyone. It did get a little crazy at times (there were 10 of us under the same roof!), but overall it was a wonderful time. I truly enjoyed having them here and really look forward to seeing them all again soon.
This picture was taken on a boat that takes you down the Mississippi and through Lock & Dam #1. It's a beautiful trip down the river. You also get views of the many flour mills and St. Anthony Falls which helped to start the flour mill industry.
This picture is of Chelsea and her "Aunt Shell." Chelsea wanted Michele to take her to Build-a-Bear Workshop more than anything and they had a great time making a cute little bear together.
We went to visit Fort Snelling with Anthony & Zachary. It's a really neat fort that is positioned right where the Minnesota River flows into the Mississippi. It has breathtaking views and a lot of fun things for the kids to experience.
Michele and her boys, Anthony & Zachary, at Fort Snelling overlooking one of the many views that the fort offers. As you can tell, Minnesota has lots of green trees and blue sky - not just white snow and grey skies!!!