Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Girls' Weekend

Last weekend was crazy busy. I don't think that I have had so many things going on in a long time. On Friday after work I headed over to my aunt and uncle's house to see my cousin Dan and his wife Gaye who were in town from Istanbul, Turkey. I had to leave early to head out to Pinstripes in Edina for a girls' night of bowling and dinner. It was a ton of fun. We also got to celebrate Elysia's roommate Katie's Last Horah. She is getting married this Saturday, so we had some girl time and a cake to celebrate. Katie showed us all up with her bowling skills. In the second game she got four strikes in a row, a turkey plus one.

Sara Bowling in a Dress

Wine & Bowling

Le, Katie & Kasie

Shanna & Le

Kasie, Elysia & Shanna

On Saturday I was the photographer at my co-worker's daughter's wedding. The weather ended up holding out and we got some great outdoor photos. Here is the post about the wedding on the Pear Tree Photography Blog.

On Sunday morning I met up with my boss and his family for some photos at Moir Park in Bloomington. Sunday was the perfect day for photos, the humidity had finally dropped and the temperature was reasonable. Here are the photos from Tim's session.

After the photo session I headed to Kate's house so we could meet Shanna and Kasie for our 10 Year Reunion Twins Game. At my senior prom in 2001 I won four tickets to a Twins game of my choice. I guess the Twins must not have been very good in 2001 because I could pick any game I wanted and the seats we got were on the 3rd base line in the 3rd row. For our 10 Year Reunion we bought tickets in April for Saturday, July 23rd. Then I ended up having the wedding on Saturday, so we sold the Saturday tickets and bought my work tickets for Sunday. Before the game we ate at the Blackbird Cafe on 38th and Nicollet. We all loved our food and would definitely recommend it to anyone in the area.

On Sunday Bert Blyleven, aka Circle Me Bert, was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame so they showed his speech at Cooperstown before the game. Here is Burt's number 28 added to Target Field.

Burt in Hall of Fame

And here is the 2001 Twins Game versus the 2011 Twins Game. I hope we still look this good in 2021 for the 20 Year Reunion.

Twins 10 Year Reunion

Sara and Shanna

Kate and Kasie

Oh yeah and the Twins lost to the Tigers 5-2.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cabin Trip 2011

We made our annual trek to the cabin last weekend. The last two years the weather hasn't been that great, but this year was gorgeous. And we took full advantage of the nice weather.


There were only six of us there for dinner on Thursday night, so we headed into Hackensack for dinner at Lucette's.

Lucette's Pizza

Shanna's Hat


Jachin slept outside again. On the first night we somehow locked him out of the cabin so in order to escape the bugs he slept on the dock for awhile.

Jachin Sleeping


Cabin Decor

Spider Web

There was plenty of floating, canoeing and water volleyball on Friday.

Shanna, Heather & Kasie

While Shanna was sitting on the dock her hat flew off and David went in and rescued it.

Saving Shanna's Hat

On Saturday afternoon we played our annual game of football. This year it was so hot, it was pretty unbearable by the end. Team Meat Sweats beat Team Steam.

The Meat Sweats

Team Steam

We started playing a new game called planking this weekend. Basically you act like a board in public places and place the pictures on the internet. Here we are doing a lot of planking.


Yard games were played.

Ladder Golf

As well as some intense games of Farkle, Uno and Racko.

Farkle & Racko

Le and I took a sunset canoe ride on Saturday night.

Sara & Le Canoeing

Sara & Le Canoeing


And here we all are before we had to leave on Sunday. A little different than our sweatshirt group picture from last summer.

Cabin Group

The Girls

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Week Leading up to the 4th of July

The Monday before 4th of July I won tickets to the Twins Game. We had the same awesome tickets I got last year right behind home plate. Unfortunately the game was horrible and we left before the seventh inning. The Twins were already losing 10-0 when we left and in the end they lost 15-0 to the Dodgers. This is the view on the way out.


That Wednesday the City of Plymouth hosts fireworks at the park near our house. It was a gorgeous night and we enjoyed the show.


On Friday night we met my family at El Toro in Shakopee for dinner. We missed the storms, but Luke was on his way back from Duluth and went through about 5 storms on the way down.

On Saturday, Patrick grilled up some bacon wrapped filet mignon for dinner. It was another perfect night for eating outside.

Patrick and the Steaks

Our lack of plans turned into a great way to celebrate Independence Day. We ended up listening to NPR and eating Noodles in the park for lunch. In the afternoon we watched How the States Got Their Shapes on the History Channel. Then we walked to DQ for a Blizzard. When we got back we watched Black Swan, ordered pizza from Chanticlear and then headed to Delano for the fireworks. It was an amazing day of just being together.

4th of July Weekend


Fireworks in Delano