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Baby Henri obeyed my instructions to come before we left for Minneapolis and we stopped in on our way out of town to kiss his cheeks.
|Lila loves holding babies.|
We also took Lila to the Mall of America on Friday, thinking she'd be too little to ride any of the rides, but she was just tall enough so we splurged and let her ride a few. The favorite was the toddler version of the Detonator.
|Mine's the one without shoes. Figures.|
We stayed with our friend Bonnie's sister and her hubby. They were so gracious to us and we had their entire basement to take over. It was a perfect set up for us and we are so grateful! Friday afternoon, Bonnie and Tim stopped by with Baby Tad and I flirted with him while Lila napped.
Friday night, we had dinner with friends at our friend Stephie's house. Lila loved Stephie's dog, Chako, and they were equally matched energy-wise.
Saturday we met my aunts and grandma for lunch at Lake Harriet. Lila was in hog heaven and made friends with a bunch of little girls at the playground. I forgot to take pictures, though. Dang!
Saturday night we got together with my college roomies, Bonnie and Lindsey, the only two of the seven of us left in Minneapolis - everyone else has moved away. Boo. But those two have really cute babies so it was a fun reunion.
|Tad was putting the moves on Hazel.|
|Did you know it's impossible to get a good picture when children are involved? Not sure what Lila's doing there.|
Sunday we went to Mill City Church where my friend Stephie is a pastor. They are being trained/discipled by the same organization that the Gathering is being trained by - 3DM. It was so encouraging to see another congregation using the same language and tools as we are. I think we'll learn a lot from the way their church is implementing some of the tools 3DM offers. If you are looking for a church in Minneapolis, check out Mill City. We loved it and their child care team is seriously gifted. Lila is usually shy about new places, but she was ran into the classroom without looking back and had a blast.
Sunday afternoon, we made trip 1 of 2 to Ikea. We bought Lila's big girl bed - I'm sure I'll write a post about that when it actually happens - and several things for friends who had put in requests.
|Lila tested out all the beds. I'm not sure that's allowed, but there you go.|
Then we picked my grandma up and took her to dinner at her favorite place. Again, I forgot to take pictures. Ack.
|Lila earned herself a cookie which she refused to share.|
Then we headed back to Ikea for trip number two to pick up a few things we didn't have time to get the night before.
It took some creative packing to get everything in the car, but
we the Husband did it! And just like that, we were on our way home!
Lila found ways to entertain herself in the car.
|unfortunately, I look like I've been in the car for 6 hours.|
|RIP sunglasses. You had a good run.|
Lila did reasonably well for having no nap two days in a row, lots of late nights and coming down with a cold the last two days. She kind of lost it after we stopped in Des Moines to see some friends on the way home and cried for about 30 minutes because she wanted me to hold her. Poor girl. She's such a trooper and sometimes I take for granted how well she can function on little sleep and in new environments. In hindsight, we may have pushed her too much. We'll be laying low this week and helping her recover.
Thanks to all of our friends and family who made time for us this weekend. We love you guys and this annual trip is always one of the highlights of our year!