Saturday, May 31, 2014

To Duluth....and Beyond

Uncle Willy arrived today and we promptly packed up the the car and headed North.  Auntie Rorie and Chris followed us.  We drove four hours up to Gilbert, MN to attend a wedding celebration for my cousin Zach and his beautiful bride Kandace.  On the way we stopped at the Duluth Grill for some yummy local fare *mmmm...quinoa curry...*   We had some forethought and grabbed Alex a slice of GF cake to bring so she could have a piece of 'wedding cake' later on, too.

Then we spent a short while at Park Point beach to stretch our legs and let our bodies relax before hopping back in the car.

 This was Kolachi's first beach experience-- she loved digging in the sand, but was a bit distracted, trying to keep a close eye on her kids.  Seagulls and other beach-goers are NOT to be trusted.

Then we quickly changed clothes (another reason I LOVE my minivan-- plenty of space as a mobile dressing room!) and headed the rest of the way up North.  Not only did we get to help Zach and Kandace celebrate their new life together, but we also got to catch up with my extended family.  They're all pretty cool.
The bride and groom! Congrats!!
All Alex could talk about this morning was my cousin Andrea's awesome My Little Pony dress. And how about that hair-- she's rocking the pink!  Don't worry, Andrea, I won't tell anyone the story about your ribbon.
 Enjoying some conversation - catching up with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and, of course...
 Great-Grandpa Ed (well, my Grandpa, but somehow, once you have kids, everyone is referred to in reference to the children)

 My Aunt and her boys (Two sons and one grandson!)
 A blurry shot of my two kids venturing "far away" from the table to do some bubble blowing.  They quickly returned to color.
 My three Aunties-- all exceptionally strong, brave and beautiful women!  What great role models I've had.
Even though he normally goes to bed at 6pm, Justin and Alex rallied.  They were so well-behaved and polite- and made it until 8:30pm!  The fireworks and tears started as soon as we loaded up the car to drive home.  There were probably twenty mosquitos that had flown in to the open windows whilst we were partying (Kolachi rested in her kennel in the minivan during the wedding celebration).  Alex thought she was going to die.  Justin kept reassuring her that he would kill them all.  We had a three and a half hour trip home, and Alex hyperventilated for approximately one quarter of the trip.  The end.

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