Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A long time coming

 Last month, just a few days after my sister left town, my mom came to visit.
And I'm finally blogging about it.

This was her first visit to Rochester (to Minnesota for that matter) and we were excited to show her around.

The kids and I took her to some of our favorite parks.
Noah showed Grandma all his best tricks - Alex just enjoyed running around like a maniac.

My mom and I stayed really busy painting and decorating the kids room too.
They love it.
(Noah was especially excited about his "N" pillow)

Halfway through my moms visit my dad came out to join us.
And Grandma claims that Grandpa stole the show.
Alex has always been "Grandpa's Girl" but it was surprising to me how inseparable Noah and Grandpa were.  It was really sweet. 

Paul didn't get to see much of my parents (need I explain?) but we did get to walk around the Mayo Clinic with Paul one afternoon.
Then we explored some more of Downtown Rochester

My parents also got to see Alex in action - she had gymnastics class while they were here.  She loved having an audience/cheering section.
(Is that the cutest thing you've ever seen or what???)
So my mom got Alex this "Snow Princess" dress and my dad got Noah...tiger arms???
That's right - tiger arms.  My dad convinced him that these were the coolest things ever.  Noah thinks they make him strong and brave.  He wore them the rest of the trip - and everywhere else for several days after - thanks Dad.  Now (thank goodness) he only uses them for special tasks (when he has to do something hard or scary).  

Next we drove up to the cities and stayed for a day-and a-half.
Our first stop was the Aquarium inside the Mall of America.
The kids loved it, of course
Especially the shark tunnel
But their favorite part by far was petting the sharks and stingrays (Alex too)
We even ran into "Sharky" later that day in the mall - Alex was excited.
We had plans to explore more of Minneapolis but there was so much to do at the Mall of America we ended up spending all our time there.
And yeah, it's pretty awesome.

The kids had fun at Legoland

And, of course, the amusement park.
Noah surprised the heck out of me and got really brave - he did the Log Ride (laughing the whole way down) and a rollercoaster (a super fast and scary one that made me and Grandpa sick).
Alex played it safe and stuck to her all-time-favorite...
The Merry-Go-Round
She was in heaven.
Before Grandma and Grandpa headed to the airport they gave the kids one more parting gift (of course).
Alex got a Fancy Nancy doll - because she loves to be fancy.
Noah got a shark book - because he's obsessed
And then it was time to say goodbye.
It's never been so hard - for me or for the kids.
Noah and I cried all the way back to Rochester, while Alex kept repeating, "I want Grandpa.  I miss Grandma."

Mom and Dad - Thanks for an amazing week.  We had so much fun.  We love and miss you tons and can't wait to see you again!


Mike & Lynds said...

How fun! Alex is getting so big. She looks so old! Random story...I was down in salt lake, helping with a women's convention and I met your aunt! She told me you'd know which one she was haha! Small world. P.S I made our blog private so leave me a comment or email me your email address at so I can add you!

Dad said...

We had a blast, thanks for showing us a great time. Saying goodbye was tough....but we'll be back. I love Noah and Alex and miss them more every day.

Sarah said...

What a fun visit! I am totally jealous of all of your fun visitors that you've had. It is about time some of our family came to visit :) I'm glad you guys had so much fun together! And Noah's tiger arms are so funny!

Jeff said...

I blurted out laughing in my office when I saw Noah with his tiger arms. Those are awesome!

Randy and Tiffany said...

Cute pics, Summer! Im glad you guys had so much time to play and visit and that you all had such a great time :) Now I need to come visit! That last picture of Alex and her "Bompa" is really sweet :)

Lori said...

Oh that looks like so much fun! And my heart hurt for you when you had to say goodbye - hate that part. And I've been meaning to tell you, your house looks so great. I'm impressed with all your work (how do you find the time?!). We're still missing you guys - take care.

JoAnna said...

The tiger arms KILL me!!!

Shellie said...

So glad you had fun with your parents!! Must be a hormonal thing, but I am crying (literally) at the thought of Noah and Alex saying goodbye to their grandparents...the picture of Alex giving hugs is adorable.

Lezli said...

What a fabulous time for all of you- and you deserve it!!!

Carrie Anne said...

what a fun time with your parents! i would have cried the whole way home, too!