Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Have a Good Excuse...

I'm not dead...no worries.


And there was no disaster in tiny-town that caused my evacuation...this time at least.


It just so happens that we took a tiny whirlwind mini vacation, and because I absolutely positively do not enjoy packing for our whole family and the fact that I put it off until the very last minute, meant that I ran out of time to blog and tell you I would be gone.


Ben thinks that was a tad rude of me...I assured him of how kind ya'll are and how you'd totally understand because you get the whole packing nightmare.

I didn't blog for three whole days! And I didn't even have symptoms of withdrawal. Go me.


We had a fun little trip, that of course requires bullet points.

  • Our neighbors loaned us their DVD player for the ride up. It saved our children. Without it, we may have left them somewhere along the interstate. Oh, I kid. I wouldn't actually leave them...I'd just imagine it for a bit ;)

  • We traveled up to where we lived the first 5 years of our married life...the city. Turns out, I've turned back into a total rural girl again...you know the kind...grasping the dashboard anytime we even get close to the back end of another vehicle or heaven forbid...switch lanes. Sad times. I used to love driving around up there...well, except for that one time I totaled the car because of that little fender bender...anyways...

  • We went to The Mall....The Mall of America. My admiration for it runs deep. And now, because it is the home of Lego Land, I've passed on my love for it to my children.

I give you pictures:

Noah made me take a picture of every ginormous Lego thing there. I'll spare you...Ben and Noah rode bumper cars and I rode this with Jake. (We made Eli ride one thing...he was too distracted by the Legos.)Why Ben didn't want to ride on the pink Blues Clues ride, I'll never know.We ate a lot. A LOT. But my favorite was Bubba Gump's (as in Forrest Gump) It is my new favorite restaurant! And if we ever have another child, I'm naming it Bubba in honor of it...


I love visiting the city. The diversity of it. The fashion. Bubba Gumps. But underneath it all...I'm a small tiny town girl.


Now I'm off to read your blogs and find out all I've missed out on while I was gone!


Happy Monday!

31 comments:

  1. I went to Ikea too...and got a new light for the dining room...but I have to save it for another post because it's THAT cute...

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  2. Well, while you were off galavanting around the city, I gave you a little award. I'm extremely jealous of your time away with your family. Come on, Thanksgiving. I need a break.

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  3. yes, I missed you! I actually came by this morning to check on ya! My bloglines had not pulled a new post, and when I came by yesterday there was no new post. I can always count on a Saturday post from ya ;) I thought maybe someone was sick ~ glad to hear that is was a mini vacation that kept you away!

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  4. Heart be still...you went to 3 of my fav places!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ikea. Bubba Gump is YUM. I went to college an hour from THE Mall. I am Jealous.

    Glad you had such a great family trip! Looks like it was a blast.

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  5. You had a GREAT excuse, and yes, go you for no withdrawals. It must've been a REALLY fun trip. :)

    Glad you're back though - I was missin' ya!

    Can't wait to see the cute light! I've never actually been to IKEA but I've seen enough to be intrigued. :)

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  6. Sounds like you had a great time. I'd like to visit the Mall of a America! Welcome home.

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  7. Looks like so much fun family time! :) I missed you too. It's great to have a fun post from you to read again. It just makes me smile. :)

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  8. Family vacations are nothing short of restorative. (Although I often feel like I could use a huge weekend away with just my husband when we get home.)

    We love visiting MOA now that we have kids. There are just a lot of fun things to do there.

    My MOA restaurant I want to try next is Twin Cities Grill. Gets AMAZING reviews.

    Look forward to the IKEA report.

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  9. I am dyin' to get to that mall! I'm still looking for a way to jusify the trip to my husband. Not workin' out for me so far :(

    Kelli

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  10. The Mall of America is a place I would like to go "someday". It is very far from our big town but it is definately on my list. Glad you guys had fun!

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  11. Legoland? Mall of America?? The one with all the rides inside of the mall??? I am SO jealous! That's it, our next vacation is going to be there. (Our amusement park got washed away in Katrina and 6 Flags decided to not rebuild,,, losers.)

    I did miss you, but I'm glad you had a great time!

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  12. SARAH!!!!!!! I can't believe you were HERE!
    I SO would have came down to meet you! I am 45 minutes from the Mall. MAN! I am so bummed.
    Ok you have to let me know if y'all come back up.
    So glad you had a good time. But I agree driving around here is a nightmare!

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  13. the smiles on those sweet boy faces are priceless. love those mini vacations! glad you got some time away w/ your cute family!!

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  14. Sounds and looks so fun! I think Bubba is a great name!;) I love small towns too but visit the big ones to get my fix occasionally!

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  15. Very fun! I have never been to MOA but so want to go there someday.

    Oh...you do realize that a public proclamation of naming your fourth child (if one should exist) Bubba guarantees that said child will be your first girl. :-)

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  16. I also left you an award at my blog. So you're getting it from me & Mama Belle today. :)

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  17. How will you explain to your daughter you had to name her *Bubba*??? LOL

    Glad you had a great time!!

    Blessings,
    Carla

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  18. Ah, love the Mall of America! Cute photos of the boys!

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  19. I do LUV bubba gumps!!! There is one in Chicago that we go to!!! YUM!!!

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  20. You know what I love most about Bubba Gumps? That you get to turn that little thing over on the table when you need something and just anybody who happens along will stop and ask you what you need. I want one at home...

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  21. Heaven forbid you have another child!!! There for awhile I thought it was a good idea

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  22. Haha -- I know what you're talking about with the traffic in cities. When we lived in New Orleans, I could weave in and out of traffic with no problem. Now when we visit, I get Hubby to drive because I'm scared to! LOL!

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  23. Hey! Sounds like you had a great time! We were away also and had a great time. We all need a break once in a while.

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  24. .. i have this wierd inherited from my mom gasp in close calls, it's aweful, don't tell...
    I love the family shot!

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  25. Missed you girl! But so glad you got to get away and enjoy some time with the family. I've always wanted to go the MOA...fun.

    And Bubba Gumps is one of my faves...I've been to the one in San Fran and Chicago, and it is GOOD.

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  26. so glad you all got away! we're sneaking away to a camping trip this weekend!

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  27. I've always wanted to go to the Mall of America. Sigh.

    So can you fit your tiny town in the mall?!

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  28. Oh how fun...my kids would love Lego World..

    and can i say your hair is impossibly cute??

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  29. Looks like it was a wonderful weekend. SO glad you were able to enjoy some time away... often makes you appreciate home even more, doesn't it?

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