Tourism, Giants cowl

Yesterday and today were about hanging out with my husband’s old friends from high school (in Connecticut).

  

 

  I’ve been pretty much tired out, but tonight I finally talked undoing my faulty Kitchener on my Giants cowl. It took some time, and I dropped a couple of stitches, but I finished the repair!

  Hopefully daylight will offer a good chance for a photo shoot.  It’s a pretty cool fan item, isn’t it?

Minneapolis recap

We went to Minneapolis today, and managed to fill the day with activities, right up until 7pm.  Recap!

First off, we joined Mother Bear Project volunteers in sewing hearts onto the Bears. I dropped off my most recent 4.   
Amy met my kids for the first time. 🙂  

i wonder how many of these bears got their hearts sewn on today?

  

I was very happy that we had the opportunity to check out another LYS, Steven Be! 

  
 

I was trying hard to choose one souvenir sock yarn from this Nerd Alert collection. Can you guess which one I chose?
   
Even the bathroom was fabulous.

 

Steven showed the Wee Boy the kittens on the patio. ❤
   
And posed for a fan photo. ❤ ❤

    
 

The Wee Girl and I found this crocheted coral reef at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (which is free! Cool!).
   
As well as this gorgeous quilt.

 

Next we hit the sculpture garden, which is also free. 

Then, after a quick visit with a. Old friend and his family, we drove the 2 hours back to my parents’ house. Long day!!!!

A Grand Day Out

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!

Wedding day

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!

 
Some highlights:

pre-ceremony chat with the bride!

  

flower girl and ring bearer, ready!

  

my aunt and uncle live in the woods and therefore have an impressive supply of insect repellents.

  

well, he said he was going to be cute at the wedding…

  

me with grandma, cousin, mom

  

me and the mother of the bride

  

the flower girls were inseparable

  

first time i’ve been together with my sister and brother since…. 2009?

  

as you can see, the Wee Boy was getting hard to wrangle and was ready to go!

 I loved seeing how happyy kids are with relatives they’ve just met. They are pretty adaptable to new situations and people, phew!

In knitting news, I’m nearly done with my V bear.  It’ll have to be finished tomorrow though. 

  

Phew

The kids and I survived our first flight alone together!

   
And we had a full first day, exploring my sister’s huge yard,

 

Meeting kittens, 

 

And cows, 

 

Knitting Al fresco, 

 

Meeting my parents’ giant cat,   

Perusing the local supermarket,

   

And there was even a rainbow! 


Pretty good for day 1! It’s so warm here, hard to get used to! 

Asilomar, Earthbound Organics, and so long, Monterey!

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.

they look like snail shells, but if you watch for a bit, you see little limbs emerge and tbey move quite fast!

    

“get my shoes!!”

    

climb!!

  

i love how different beaches have different surfaces.

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!

just the scent of this garden will add years to your life, I swear!!

  

  

  

  

   

 

  

  

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. 

Sea Otter Classic, day 2

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:

“shoot my picture, Mommy!”

  

wee girl on her pink bike

 

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: 

Good night!