Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Back in June, my sisters came to Utah from the East Coast to visit my parents for the summer. Andrew and I were able to go out one Saturday to visit too and since my brother lives close by my parents, the 4 of us kids were able to all be together! This happens very rarely these days!

It was such a fun day and I didn't want it to end. We were able to get some picture though.

My parents with all 9 of their grandkids!

All 4 of us!

My family...all grown up! ;)
That day we were missing both of my sister's husbands, but everyone else was there and it was wonderful. I cherish those days. :)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Back Patio Finished Look

Here's an update on our new cement patio!

We had originally thought we wanted a large BBQ grill with a side burner, but we found the one we ended up buying on clearance. It was a steal and we love it! Its size is just perfect for the 2 of us. :) We have grilled several times already and we've even done grilled pineapple! Yum!

We also found some cute chairs and a small table for the patio. I loved sitting out there in the nice spring weather after work and now I can't wait until fall so I can do that again!
Recently, I added the 2 cement blocks on the front corners of the patio and filled them with flowers. It's been a chore keeping them watered enough with the heat and hot wind we've been having, but I love their pop of color. :)

As for our back yard, well, it's a work in progress. Water is too expensive in the town we live in to do grass back there so I think we'll probably add a bunch of gravel in the area surrounding the patio with some stepping stones and maybe a few desert-type plants. :)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Minneapolis Trip Day 6 - Minneapolis, MN, Denver, CO & Traveling Home

Tuesday morning we flew back to Denver. Before leaving Denver though, we wanted to stop at Voodoo Doughnut! We went to one of their locations in Portland last year and had heard they opened one in Denver so it was fun to check it out!

Then we headed for home, but this time instead of turning off to go to Silverthorne, we stayed on I-70 and went through Breckenridge and Vail. We hadn't ever been this way either and so we stopped in Vail for a little while to see if maybe we wanted to come back sometime for our anniversary. It was fun to be there. :)

We had a great trip and can't wait for our next one! We have now been to 36 states and 12 Rainforest Cafe locations!

Minneapolis Trip Day 5 - Big Bruce, Veterans Memorial Bridge & Minneapolis, MN

Every morning and night while we were gone, I would get on my Petcube to check on my kitties. I only saw Emillio once, but Cecil would either be waiting in front of the camera or would come from another room to talk to me when she heard the Petcube come on. She would sit and listen to me and then talk back sometimes too. :) I love my Petcube!

Gander Mountain is a store in the Midwest kind of like Sportman's Warehouse that we have here in Utah. Andrew has bought a few things from them online over the years, but recently they disabled their website and announced they would be closing their doors so Andrew wanted to stop at a couple of stores during our trip to see if he could find some good deals. We stopped at one on Sunday afternoon in Minnesota and another one Monday morning in Fargo. He had fun and got some things he wanted at a good price. ;)

Monday morning, after stopping at Gander Mountain, we saw the sites of Fargo.

Our first stop was Newman Outdoor Field on the campus of North Dakota State University to see Big Bruce! Big Bruce is the world's largest wooden baseball bat!

Since we were on campus anyway, Andrew also wanted to see the Fargodome where the football team plays. :)

Our next stop was to see the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Since it was also Memorial Day, I enjoyed this stop. The Veterans Memorial Bridge crosses the Red River, which is also the border of North Dakota and Minnesota.

By now, it was noon so we got on the road to head back to Minneapolis. Once we got back to Minneapolis, we checked into our hotel and decided to go back to the Mall of America one last time. :) I bought some souvenirs and we just enjoyed our time. For dinner, we decided to go back to Giordano's! We love it and don't know when we'll be able to enjoy eating there again. ;)

As we filled our rental car up with gas so we could return it at the airport in the morning, Andrew bought a Minnesota scratch card. He buys one at every state we go to that sells them. :) He has quite the collection now.

Minneapolis Trip Day 4 - Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Stone Arch Bride & Fargo, ND

On Sunday, we wanted to check out a few more sites in Minneapolis.

Our first stop was the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to see the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry! The Garden was closed for remodeling, but we were still able to take pictures from the pedestrian bridge up above.

Our next stop was the Stone Arch Bridge, which is a pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi River! The views were amazing and we had fun walking across it. :)

U.S. Bank Stadium in the distance.

From there, we headed west to North Dakota! We had never been to North Dakota and needed to cross that state off our list so we had decided to make the 3 1/2 hour drive to Fargo. Along the way we stopped for lunch at a White Castle to give it another try. We had been to a White Castle once before just outside of Chicago, but it was connected to a gas station and we figured maybe that was why it wasn't that good. Nope! It's just not that good. Yuck! Oh well, we like trying places we don't have in Utah! Haha!

While still in Minnesota, we drove past a little town called Brandon. Andrew texted his brother Brandon this picture. ;)

We made it! Another state checked off!