We went to Minnesota! We had fun! We are back home now! I am writing this like a second grade essay on my summer vacation! Sorry, I'm done now.
So, yeah, our vacation to Minnesota is done over and gone now. And we did have a lovely time. We saw Jeff and Kait safely married.
I even had a little drama along the way. The day of our planned flight I woke up with quite a bit of pain in my two brand spankin' new crowns the dentist had installed a week earlier. She had been concerned that one of them might need a root canal "some day". I thought I'd just run down and ask her to take a look and see if adjusting my new bite might help alleviate some pain. She informed me that my bite was great--but that it looked like I needed that root canal right away. I politely informed her that I was leaving for the airport in three hours and furthermore I was not done packing so--no dice! She freaked me out with all sorts of stories of pain in the air and my teeth exploding from cabin pressure changes. She offered to give me a shot to numb my tooth for the flight. Again I tried to explain that wouldn't work as I would actually need to speak to my children in the airport and also excessive drooling through security might not help our case. Instead she set me up with some good drugs and antibiotics and sent me on my merry way. My teeth did not explode mid-air. I did feel a fair amount of pain during our trip. I'm sure that had I not been medicated the entire time I would be telling a different story. But medicine helps greatly and it was all manageable. And I got my root canal the day after I got home. Now I'm just waiting for my dentist to put a filling in that brand new expensive crown that had to have a hole drilled in it for the (also expensive) root canal. Grrrrrrr......
And you thought you were reading about a trip to Minnesota.
So! We took a flight that left Seattle at about 7:30 PM. That means we arrived in Minneapolis shortly after midnight. By the time we collected luggage and a rental car life was feeling oddly surreal. The parking garage was hot and sticky for 2:00 AM. The kids were strangely awake for the middle of the night. It all had the definite feeling of an adventure! And then we arrived at the Diaries of the Happy Sanitarium and fell deliriously into our beds. The loss of two hours in the time change combined with the mid-night travel helped us to sleep in until 10 AM! Morning brought a joyous reunion of our kids with Naomi's kids. It also brought a delicious breakfast cooked by Naomi herself. Then we were off to explore St. Paul and Minneapolis. We started with St. Paul's cathedral. What can I say--it's big!
There is not supposed to be excessive noise in a cathedral. Naturally, we brought six children with us. How else could we be quiet? Don't they all look calm and subdued?
Walking down to one of the old mills we found a gorgeous place for taking pictures. By this time it was raining in earnest. My hair, which had been carefully flat ironed when I got it cut the day before began to grow like one of those sponge capsule animals you can buy for your kids to grow in a cup of hot water. It was crazy!