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Photography Fun

Terry & I have been having a great time playing with our new camera and figuring out how to get some really great pictures with it. We went out to the Crosby Nature Area across the river from Fort Snelling 2 weekends ago and we got some awesome pictures.

The river was pretty high and many of the trails were flooded but it made for some good opportunities.

I really like this shot of Terry standing at the edge of the water.


There were two dogs having a great time swimming and chasing sticks so I took advantage and got this shot.


Seeing spring & new life show up after the winter.


Terry got this one using manual focus (something I haven’t yet ventured into).


After grabbing some lunch we went to Terry’s sister’s apt to pick up Abigail. She had a great time hanging out with Tracey at Underwater World at the Mall of America and playing at her apartment.

I think her expression is just so cute, almost like she doesn’t want Terry to take anymore pictures but she still likes it when he does.


Flying Dutchman Ghostly Gangplank – Take Two

Looks like my husband got his post about our fun yesterday on the Flying Dutchman Ghostly Gangplank at the Mall of America finished before I could. He posted some real good pictures so I will just show you a couple others. Please go and read his post and check out the rest of the awesome pictures he took yesterday!

Even though Abigail is really into the “forced smile stage” I think this is a cute picture of us girls!


Now onto the Ghostly Gangplank pictures!

This crossing is on the first level. Since there wasn’t a line Terry was able to get right underneath us for some cool shots.



I think this one is from the second level.


Here Tracey & I are on the highest level, we had both already walked the plank and sounded the horn. It was so much easier at this point. We felt confident and happy that we had met the challenge!


As we went down we went over a few of the more challenging crossings again and then met up with Terry, Abigail & Mike (Grandpa).

I really like this picture Tracey took of Terry & I. I was feeling a little warm having just finished about an hour on the ropes course but I like how it turned out. Too bad Abigail was off having fun with Grandpa Mike in Best Buy otherwise we could have had a great family photo!


Meeting The Pioneer Woman

Alternative Title Chosen by my husband : How a crazy lady spends her Saturday.

After reading some of the first hand accounts from the Little Rock book signing (some people waited 4 hours) I knew I needed to arrive early to the Mall of America on Saturday for The Pioneer Woman Cooks book signing. The signing started at 1pm so I thought arriving at noon would probably be a good idea and get me in and out a little faster. I told Terry we needed to arrive early and he suggested 10am. I laughed. I thought it was absurd to arrive that early. I know she has a big following but come on. Well, it turns out (and it usually does) that my dear husband was absolutely right in his 10am assessment.

So instead of heading right to the Mall of America at 10am we went to Jo-Ann Fabrics so I could pick out buttons for the sweater I just finished knitting for Abigail (I think I am as shocked as you that I’m posting knitting to the knitting blog 🙂 ). Might as well show a photo of it in it’s unblocked state (the edges will lay flat once I’m done).


I found the buttons I wanted pretty quickly then hopped over to the flannel aisle to find something to line a baby hat with. Abigail decided she needed to carry the bolt of fabric which worked out fine until she decided to start unrolling it on the floor. Then she had a tantrum. I was very appreciative to Terry since he was able to bring her out to the car while I waited to get my fabric cut. I could hear her screaming the whole time it took them to get out of the store. Fun times. 🙂

After all that we went to the Macaroni Grill for lunch. Terry had a gift card from his birthday and he was feeling like pasta. We had a nice time, Abigail really liked her macaroni and cheese and we really enjoyed helping her eat her caramel sundae.

We didn’t arrive at the Mall until 12:45 so I was feeling the pressure of being late then I got into Nordstrom Court and couldn’t see the end of the line. I was glad Terry dropped me off and went to his aunt’s house because it was going to be a long wait.

I didn’t get any great line pictures but this lady did! When she shows the line snaking past Caribou I was at the far left edge of that picture by Hanna Anderson (I can’t actually see myself but that’s where I was).

I met some really great people in line that for some crazy reason I didn’t take any pictures of. I think the Mall air must have clouded my picture taking sense. I also managed to have the camera on the wrong setting the entire time I was there.

About 30 minutes before my turn I noticed someone familiar up on stage getting her books signed. It was ChrisAnn from Love Feast Table! We met at the Mckmama Mudd Lake gathering and have been following each others’ blogs & twitter feeds since then. She has a picture of both of us posted here in her Pioneer Woman post.

Finally after 5.5 hours of standing, knitting, chatting, texting, calling & staring I got my 1.5 minutes with Ree Drummund The Pioneer Woman. She is just as charming & funny as her blog portrays and she’s even more gorgeous in person. I’d say the only thing that would have made it better is if there was Chocolate Sheet Cake at the table with her!


Ree, it was so nice to meet you and I hope you come back to visit MN again! Thanks for being just as gracious with me as you were with the hundreds before me!

Hi/Lo Thursday

This post is part of “Hi/Lo Thursday” on the Riggs Family Blog. Check out their blog to read everyone else’s “Hi/Lo” posts and for a chance to win $100.

Our HIGHS for the week:

Terry & I got to spend a few hours out by ourselves for our anniversary on Sunday while Grandpa Mike watched Abigail.

Tuesday night’s Ticket to Ride connection group was awesome. I got to hold a new little baby and meet a couple brand new to our church.

Our LOWS for the week:

The auditors were at work this week. I felt very stressed because it was important to take care of them before doing my normal work because they are onsite for such a short time. I’m so glad I got to come home to the smiling faces of Terry & Abigail every night!

A Sad Night

Terry & I were watching the movie Elf on Saturday night when we happened to notice some flashing lights outside our house. We looked out the window and saw this unfortunate sight:



That’s smoke pouring out of our neighbor’s house. The firemen were there for a few hours.  Thankfully the couple that lived there was gone when the fire started and had taken their dog with them–something they rarely do.

We’re thinking and praying for them as they go through this tough time in their lives.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I am almost to the point where I can start blogging again regularly. We’re backing up all our photos to flickr from 2003 to present. Right now we’ve got over 16,000 pictures uploaded, then they need to be organized. It’s a time consuming endeavor. Flickr organizes your photos by most recently uploaded rather than date taken so we decided to wait on all the recent pictures until the archives are completed. Pictures of Abigail & updates will resume shortly, hopefully next week! Until then I will leave you with a few older photos.

February 2003 – Our Wedding


December 2003 – the day our niece Alyssa was born


December 2004

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August 2005 – Along the North Shore

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Christmas 2006


January 2007 – Governor’s Inaugural Ball


May 2007 – Hiking with friends in Washington State


May 6, 2008 – Right after Abigail was born


It has been a very enjoyable 7 1/4 years since I met Terry. We’ve gone through many things and we still love each other very much. Much more than the day we got engaged or the day we got married or even the day Abigail was born. He is my best friend, a wonderful husband and a super father! I Love You Terry!

Uncommon topic

I will be skipping the usual talk of my super cute wonderful baby and my knitting today.

I know talk about the bailout is everywhere right now but I for one (and there are many, many more) do not think the bailout is a good or appropriate measure right now.

Norm Coleman admitted that the calls coming in to his office before the U.S. Senate voted on this unconstitutional bill were approximately 11,000 to 100 against the bill and yet he did not listen to the people he claims to represent.

Our country has gone through more than one bubble bursting in the past, we’ve all survived and our economy has held on and grown. A major reason we haven’t plunged into depressions because of those bubbles is because the government has left the private sector alone. Now, this year, today it decides that they (Congress) will be the saviors of us all by adding regulations and throwing money at us. Why is this crisis the one they decide to “fix”?

It is critical that our country look to the past and learn from it. This is an excellent article put out by the CATO Institute in September of 2005 regarding how government intervention actually caused the Great Depression rather than helping us out of it.

I believe we will be headed for another Great Depression if this bailout bill does pass in the U.S. House today. Government intervention into the private sector and the market has not worked in the past, so why should it work now?

**Just after I posted this, the House vote took place and the bailout bill was passed. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see exactly what the ramifications are.