Yesterday and today were about hanging out with my husband’s old friends from high school (in Connecticut).
We went to Minneapolis today, and managed to fill the day with activities, right up until 7pm. Recap!
I was very happy that we had the opportunity to check out another LYS, Steven Be!
Then, after a quick visit with a. Old friend and his family, we drove the 2 hours back to my parents’ house. Long day!!!!
Yesterday my niece joined me and the kids for a long day of adventuring. We started at Crystal Cave in Spring Valley, WI.
Then we headed over to Prescott, a small town on the Mississippi River. At the information center, I learned a lot about the history of the area. If only we’d learned this in school, rather than rote memorization of dates and events, I bet a lot of us would have paid more attention.
Lastly, we went to Kinnickinnic State Park, where we hoped to hit a beach, but Mosquitos and poor signage had the best of us.
At least we learned a little something, and got to see where the St Croix and Mississippi rivers converge.
Big day! Today we took it easier!
Today was the wedding of this little girl who made me an aunt! Ok, she’s not so little anymore, and it sure makes me feel old to have a niece who’s old enough to be married!
In knitting news, I’m nearly done with my V bear. It’ll have to be finished tomorrow though.
The kids and I survived our first flight alone together!
Knitting Al fresco,
Perusing the local supermarket,
And there was even a rainbow!
Early this morning, the kids and I dropped Daddy off at Laguna Seca for his bike race, then we had several hours before picking him up. I still had a few things in mind that I’d been wanting to so during this trip, so we did them!
First, we headed to Asilomar State Beach to see what we could see, tide pool-wise.
Then we had enough time to hit Earthbound Organics’ farm stand in Carmel Valley.
This was a great choice of a side trip- the kids loved every second of it!
At home, I knitted furiously.
I got to this point, then realized that the differently-colored bind offs at the neck would bother me, so I’ve frogged and re knit a bit since taking this photo. It’s going well, although it’s a tad bigger than I expected.
Today we made it to Laguna Seca early, so it was much more pleasant. We saw some bike jumping:
The kids practiced on the kiddie race course:
The Wee Boy won his race! I was very proud. 🙂
He also tried to make friends with various young adults. He’d just approach them, ask their names, and strike up a conversation. Upon parting ways, he told the young man in yellow to enjoy his ride.
Later we hit San Carlos beach, where there were surprising waves and a little tide pooling action.
I got some knitting in, but decided to end out the night like this:
We drove down to Monterey for several days of the Sea Otter Classic, a huge cycling event. On the way we stopped in Santa Cruz for lunch and to hit the Patagonia outlet.
Erik’s deli is my new favorite sandwich place!!
At Patagonia I was super thrilled to find the perfect backpack. I’ve been looking for a couple of years (no kidding!!) for just the right one, and now I have it. Yay!!!
In Monterey, we hit the Dennis the Menace park, but it was so hot we sought out some ice cream before long.
Our hotel room has a nice view, so we were treated to a lovely sunset over Monterey Bay.
Aaaaand, I started a BSJ (baby surprise jacket)I’m not that far into it, so it’s still a mystery how this wacky shape will become a sweater, even though it’s my second one!
Before leaving Tahoe, we stopped at Fanny Bridge to see if we could spot any trout, as our map purported we would. We couldn’t. I blame the drought.
We made it back to San Francisco, safe and sound, and reasonably sane. We watched Mulan, the Wee Boy had a very difficult bed time (4 days with no nap! Aghhhhh!!!!), and I knitted on my Mini Mania scarf. I think I’m nearly done.
It’s almost 4″ wide, and I’m a small person, so I don’t want a super wide scarf. So basically my plan is to knit through my scarf yarn and see where I am! I might be done in 6 rows, maybe more…
Well, I certain didn’t mean to take a whole week off from blogging! We took a rode trip up to Portland, Oregon, and WordPress crashed every time I tried to open it on my iPhone. It was frustrating, but I suppose it also allowed me to relax without thinking about what to blog that day.
How about a week in photos to make up for a week of silence?
Perhaps the most awesome photo I have of myself with my husband? (our nephews in Portland have the BEST toys!!!!)
Proof that the mountains in Northern California are HOT!!!!
Free poems in Portland!
Crossing Golden Gate Bridge, the sign that we’re just minutes from home!
Well, I ended up completing 8 hats while we were away! So that’s 10 done for the year, only 2 to go! It was nice to have a vacation and visit family we only see once a year, see a nephew graduate high school, and to see Portland for the first time. It is so green in Oregon, compared to yellow, drought-stricken California! It was really nice but also confusing to be able to stay in one layer all day and evening, without wondering when the fog would roll in, or needing a sweater. I had really forgotten what summer feels like!
But there’s no place like home. 🙂