MN State Fair 2008

Sunday we spent the day (about 9 hours) at the State Fair.


There were a few people there with us!


Family photo


At the DNR building with Grandpa Mike


Eating Pancakes-on-a-stick (not as exotic as chocolate-covered-bacon but they were good!)


Asleep in her stroller (she never stayed asleep very long–she was very tired by the end of the day!)


In her new sling (finished the night before). She really liked holding on to and sucking on the edge!


With mom

Terry told Abigail before we left that she would get to see some animals but we never made it to the animal barns. We did stopped by the Miracle of Birth barn on our way out and Abigail really liked looking at the piglets and a sheep looked right at her and bleated! Terry jumped from surprise and so did Abigail but then they kept staring at each other!

Battle Creek

I did not conquer Battle Creek this past Saturday. I went, I tried to ride, I walked a lot, we turned around (not because of me–Trevor’s bike broke) and I went shopping (Old Navy $12 denim–One Day Only) while the others finished the ride. Trevor had to go to work so Terry, Charlie & Megan rode the whole trail without us. It took them about 1 1/2 hours. They saw the Wall of Death, the St Paul skyline & a big buck.


I assume this is the Wall of Death.  I’ve been told it is much steeper than the picture shows.


Here is the buck. It was bigger than the picture shows. It was sitting on the trail, then watched part of our group from about 10 feet off then it heard Terry & I coming and bounded off (apparently we are really loud).

The trails at Battle Creek, besides being thoroughly confusing, are the softest I’ve ever tried to ride. There was so much sand, loose gravel, HUGE hills, & ruts that I was exhausted before we even rode a majority of the trail. One of the hills was so steep (and soft I feared) that I wouldn’t even ride down it for fear of hurting myself.

Charlie & Megan are going to have to come try out one of the many trails we ride. I heard whispers of Minnesota River Bottoms!


Friday after work my sister-in-law showed up to pick up Jenna and thought Casey had gained a lot of weight.

Before Grooming:


After Grooming:


She was even “fluffier” on Friday than the first picture shows. I think she looks really good without all that extra fur and the house was really starting to look like we should be vacuuming more often from her shedding!

Busy Week

Sunday night (aug 17) Abigail & Daddy had a great time hanging out on the floor reading stories & playing.


Then she decided that it was time to chew on her fist (she loves this!)


Monday we drove to REI to bring our bikes in for their Warranty Tune-ups.  I love REI! We saw the fellow that helped us find Terry’s bike and he was quite happy that we still liked it and he got to see Abigail too (she was just a BIG bulge last time)!

Tuesday was bath time w/Mommy after eating on the patio. I am usually the support person (grabbing towels, diaper, wipes, etc) while Terry does the actual bathing, but Terry was washing dishes so I washed Abigail!


Wednesday must be fun event night for us. Last week we went to the movies. This week we decided to go to the Mall of America as a last fun event since it is Jenna’s last week with us.

I got some sock knitting done while we wandered,


Terry ran into Barack Hussein Obama (Terry’s face isn’t because the sock doesn’t look good),


Abigail had a fun time looking at all the stores while she rode in her stroller,


Jenna did some shopping,


And then we had dessert at the Rainforest Cafe. Jenna & I shared a huge piece of cheesecake! Excellent!


We were shocked to discover that my brother (Jenna’s dad) was there too!


There was also a scary snake on our way out!


If we were part of “Man vs Wild” we would have killed and eaten it right there.

Tonight (Thursday) Terry is going back to REI to pick up our bikes and I have my knitting group.

Tomorrow (Friday) Jenna’s mom is coming to get her and I’m bringing Casey in to get groomed!

What a week!

Our “New” Hobby

Terry and I have been avidly mountain biking since last summer when we were introduced to Lebanon Hills in Eagan.  It was an amazing trail that was more intense than we were prepared for, but very fun.  One of the best things is getting to ride through the woods, see the scenery (haha) and be in the shade! Most of the time you’re staring at the trail immediately ahead of you so you don’t see a whole lot of scenery unless you’re stopping for a water break, but it is a lot of fun and great exercise! We did go mountain biking prior to the Lebanon trek but I prefer to think of it as our first “good” mountain biking experience–please refer to the following link to get the full story.

*If you want to learn the importance of drinking water while mountain biking and a little about the Minnesota River Bottoms trail you should read this post.*

Earlier this summer Terry & Trevor biked Battle Creek, Salem HIlls & Minnesota River Bottoms.

These are pictures from the River Bottoms Trail.

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A couple weeks ago we (Terry, Tracey & I) biked Salem Hills. It was my first time out since having Abigail, and really my first time since last September. It was pretty rough on me but I made it up most of the hills without stopping and it was a nice area to bike in. My arms got a little scraped from close raspberry bushes but that was the closest I got to getting hurt. I got a new bike from REI which made the biking much easier than last year. It is a hardtail with lockout front suspension (Scott Aspect 55). My previous bike was a cheap full suspension and I lost so much power from the rear suspension that it make biking much more difficult.

This Saturday we (Terry, Tracey & I) went to Murphy-Hanrehan which is south of Savage. This was a pretty sweet ride.  Some real steep hils and tons of berms and quite curvy! I really need to learn how to slide the turns (like drifting in a car) instead of turning them. We only rode the Beginner & Intermediate because Tracey & I were getting tired and the Expert course would have added another 7 miles on to our ride!  One thing that helped so much more this week was that Terry and I had our hydration bladders (Camelbaks) along instead of a water bottle.  We didn’t have to make so many stops & I know I stayed more hydrated than if I’d had to grab a bottle when I needed a drink.

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Next Saturday we’re biking Battle Creek with one of Terry’s work friends & his wife.

Abigail has gotten quality time with Grandma Kathy each time we go out!



After I changed Abigail’s diaper this morning she was just staring at her mobile (it’s pretty normal for her) looking so cute & happy that I had to get a few shots!


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Two weekends ago when we were camping Abigail was wearing these pj’s and Terry put her up against his sister’s tent and said “Abbybear is coming to get you! Grrr!”

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So she’s our little Abbybear!

Camping Again!

If you can’t tell, we like to camp–even with a new baby!  Mostly the change doesn’t affect her, she sleeps well almost anywhere. It was a little warm on Saturday so she wouldn’t nap until we took her for a drive. We took the opportunity to have a root beer float at A&W.

We had to bring the dogs to their weekend home (Terry’s mom’s house–only when we can’t take them with) on Thursday night. Terry brought Abigail with him while I went out to knit with April. I think Kathy liked getting to see Abigail!


This is our new tent. It worked great last weekend, this weekend it took on some water. Partially how we set it up, but mostly a design issue that we’re not real pleased with. If you really care, just ask.


Abigail had fun with her grandparents (you can see my niece smiling in the background too).



We got to meet the girlfriend of a friend of ours.  Her name is Elizabeth and she’s quite nice. I think it would be good for him to keep her around! This is a funny picture, but I don’t think Paul should be jealous of my dad! I’m pretty sure she likes Paul more!


My mom and I did some sock knitting over the weekend. I’m working on the Diagonal Cross-Rib socks from Favorite Socks from Interweave Press using KnitPicks Essential Tweed and she’s working on her very first pair of socks. She wanted short socks for summer so I let her pick some yarn from my stash (J. Knits Superwash Me Sock in Cincinnati) & I worked out a basic pattern for her. I’m helping her with the toe in this picture. I don’t think she was prepared or noticed that Terry was actually taking a picture of us. I’m used to him taking pictures all the time so I always try to be ready!


I think she liked hanging out with her cousins too. This is Cora holding her.


We had a good weekend. I don’t know of anymore camping plans for the rest of this summer, but we’re already starting to plan for next summer!

Contest at the Loopy Ewe

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The Loopy Ewe has been around for 2 years!  Go to their Anniversary blog post, leave a comment and be entered to win some great yarn!  They’ve saved some Wollmeise and lots of other fun prizes! The winner(s) will be announced this Friday (August 8th)!

And we’re back


I don’t know if you think this family photo needs an explanation, but I will give you one anyway.

We were camping this weekend with Terry’s family. They get together twice a year and we always have a theme. This year the theme was the “Olympics”.  Terry was a canoer and I’m sitting at home in my chinese silk robe watching the Olympics on TV with my baby.  Abigail was going to come in the original attire of the Greek olympians (naked) but I had to wake her up from her nap for the pictures so I figured she might not like getting undressed too.


She was suprisingly happy!


I was also trying to sell postcards of the Great Wall, Tim was a ticket scalper & Jenna was wearing a dress I brought back from China. Doesn’t she look chinese?

I did get a good amount of sock knitting done but I never thought to take a picture when I had my knitting close.