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A Long Awaited Recounting…

Ok so NOT as long awaited as DECEMBER… which I WILL cover BEFORE this December comes about… I hope! But I figured before I shared my Mom and Step-dad’s visit I REALLY should cover Karyn and Lauralee’s. The intrepid duo drove from Red Deer, Alberta all the way down to the Grand Canyon and back again. With a stop off of a week at our house in sunny Minnesota – in the summer – when Karyn is NEVER here (for some reason MOST of her visits occur in the middle of winter… who goes from ALBERTA to MINNESOTA in the winter? Well one of the most amazing aunties ever of course!).IMG_20160626_184755

20160624_123857We made sure to show them a little bit of the state – our favourite beach of course.20160626_113159

IMG_20160626_133829IMG_20160626_113417IMG_20160626_131226IMG_20160626_131133Karyn and I ducked out for our usual extensive Mall of America shopping – sadly one of my favourite stores is gone now BUT we did manage to find some hidden gems, spend a little cash and walk ourselves into the ground. SO – good day!

Did NOT purchase

Did NOT purchase

BUBBLE TEA

BUBBLE TEA

We 3 adults joined Ken for an adult lunch. And some MORE shopping (poor Lauralee).

On my birthday (June 24th) the ladies watched our kids so we could go out for a lovely dinner.

First flowers that are REAL since our wedding!

First flowers that are REAL since our wedding!

IMG_20160624_221625Karyn drove us to the YMCA a few times and spoiled us horribly. So workouts and playing did not falter. Seriously, this has to be the healthiest summer EVER for this family – 2 miles either way, lots to do while there. ALL GOOD!20160627_190504

Karyn brought us a marvelous car full of gear. Canadian stuff, stuff from her childhood. Which put Trinity right over the moon. (the shirts she brought for us are in our Canada Day pictures on the post for Canada Day of course.)

We checked out the Como Zoo – because really when we did a comparison the animals at the pay zoo were not enough to make the donation only zoo less impressive. PLUS they had BUTTERFLIES!!!!IMG_8884

IMG_8888IMG_889920160628_121836IMG_893520160628_122136Trinity snuck off with her god mommy and Lauralee for ice cream and Mommy snuck off with Karyn and Lauralee for frozen yogurt. So there was even some sneaking around! 

It was a wonderful visit, and as usual, not long enough. But then again, I doubt there could be a visit that we would feel was “long enough.” I am just so grateful they added us to their pilgrimage south. Now enjoy the rest of our pictures! I couldn’t resist adding more!IMG_8892

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May You Take a Look at My Memories of the Month of May?

Of course, too many pictures to share in one post. The zoo always results in images that are too numerous for a single post… so enjoy!

New hair

New hair

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There is so much lovely green at the Como Zoo.

There is so much lovely green at the Como Zoo.

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Penguins are Emanuel's favourite

Penguins are Emanuel’s favourite

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With Aunty Shandai

With Aunty Shandai

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She does love presents

She does love presents

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Birthday party

Birthday party

So many tiny hats

So many tiny hats

Story and Tea Time

Story and Tea Time

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Well done Emanuel and Scouts!

Well done Emanuel and Scouts!

A Zoo Filled Overflow

We totally took way too many photos at Como… but with Karyn there and TWO cameras… who can blame us??

Japanese Garden!IMG_4110 IMG_4111 101_9453 101_9454 101_9456 101_9457 101_9459 IMG_4113

The bonsai were beautiful too.101_9440 101_9441 101_9444

 

So many wonderful animals! Tortoise and big cats and all! IMG_4134 IMG_4173 101_9495 101_9492 101_9489

 

So many critters!IMG_4180 IMG_4182 101_9466

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Of  course I snuck the above picture in from the day before! this zoo trip was well worth the multiple attempts.IMG_4100 101_9514