I made it back to MN a month or so ago to see family. My new nephew Lucca is adorable and a sweet little baby. Had some quality time with him and my sisters/mom and dad. The weather was great, not as humid as usual in August.
Ali and I took Lucca for a walk and bumped into my cousin Mike whom I haven’t seen in far too long:
We took a trip to the MN zoo, which is HUGE. I enjoyed watching Lucca sleep in the stroller (damn he is a CUTE sleeper!) Cousins Mike and Bill brought their boys, two apiece, and we all toured a smidge of the zoo.
Lucca wore his best party-zoo bib:
Awesome “Monkey Face” group shot:
Sam, Bill, Will, Mike, Theo, Charlie, Dad, Karen, Rachel
Sister Karen and her hubby Wes bought a speed boat this summer. It’s been, oh, more than 10 years since I swam in a warm MN lake. CO lakes are cold, making for quick dips, not slow, lazy floats and doggie paddles in warm water that are oh so gratifying.
Rachel, dad, Karen and Wes all in:
Karen and I did the team sister cannonball:
That boat went fast!
Next day my sister Rachel took me to her Community Garden Plot. Though none were ripe, she had tomatoe’s coming out her ears.
Some veggie shots:
There are other green thumbs in the family.
Tall “Yellow Flowers” (came from Grandma Quick’s yard which came from the farm grandma grew up on) in Karen’s yard:
A wash-tub planter in mom’s yard:
Sure was a great trip!