new pictures…

27 06 2010

Steve, I was going to write a nice long blog post, or maybe just a nice succinct one… about who-knows-what? But that will have to wait until next week.. or the next one…

In the meantime, here are some more pictures..





Minnesota State Fair

6 09 2009

Last week we did our annual Minnesota State Fair day.. it’s so fun. Only this year, for some odd reason, DSC_3519I wasn’t as hungry, so didn’t eat a lot of the fun fair food. That said, I did have my share of the good stuff.. just not as much as usual!

My favorites? The Tom Thumb Mini Donuts, and the Dairy Barn Raspberry Sundae.  We did try the chocolate covered bacon… which was ok. Not great, but ok.

Kajsa loved the animals, the baby animals, the adult animals… trying to pet them, etc. Some of them liked her, too. It was cute. And, of course, Kajsa LOVED the John Deere tractors. Fun.





an outing with Grandma & Grandpa E.

31 08 2009

We’re in Minnesota for vacation, at Jim’s parents’ home. We arrived yesterday, and after I got to sleep in this morning, we took a drive out to visit a couple of parks, and a yarn store. G&GEandKajsaUnfortunately the first park we visited I cannot post photos of, thanks to my big mistake: deleting the photos shortly after taking them! Ugh. Horrible. Oh well. But the next park, Mears Park, in St. Paul, was great.. a creek running down the middle.. a band shell… flowers galore… people on lunch break, eating outside.

Grandma and Grandpa E. walked along with Kajsa, which she loved.

As we were heading out of the park, one lady eating her lunch outside pointed out a hummingbird for Joan and me to look at and photograph. Incredible! I’ve never seen a hummingbird so close, I think, and never one that did not fly away when I was inches away from it. Absolutely gorgeous.





west of Cleveland

27 12 2008

About 11 miles west of Cleveland. We’re on our way (driving) to Vermont, and were hoping to get to Erie tonight, but when we saw the weather forecasts last night and this morning at 5:30, we realized that we needed to leavedsc_0371 later, and not go so far. Icy roads seemed to be the theme for Chicago and Indiana. So, we did leave Madison eventually, after trying to figure out what to bring with us for a trip to Vermont, which has been quite cold, but is also turning quite warm this weekend. And with a toddler. Who likes shoes but has no snow boots.. and walks better barefoot.. but who can’t walk barefoot outdoors. And who needs plenty of distractions in the long car ride. Needless to say, the satelite XM radio in the rental car we have doesn’t amuse her quite as much as it amuses Jim and me. I love it. Fortunately for all four of us in the car (Jim, Kajsa, Abby and me), I overpack, and have lots of little distractions for Kajsa. But her favorite is Jen’s bag. 🙂

But I digress. The point is, we’re this far… west of Cleveland, at a Red Roof Inn, which accepts dogs. And tomorrow, hopefully, we’ll make it to VT. More specifically, West Townshend, VT.

This past Sunday we tried to get home to Minnesota to be with Jim’s parents before Christmas. But weather was a problem then as well. We made it to Black River Falls, had to pull over and spend the night, and the next morning we decided –sadly, though wisely–to return to Madison and not head to MN. We’ll have to celebrate Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa E. after the New Year sometime.

Yesterday was a good day. We relaxed in the morning, talked to some family, opened presents, and visited the puppies at Jen and Roy’s. So cute. I’ll have to post photos of the puppies later. In the meantime, the photo in this post is of Kajsa playing with some of her gifts. She did have PJs on earlier, but saw her Christmas Eve dress, and wanted to put that on. (So why not? Good Christmas Day dress, too, since next year she will have outgrown it.) Then I put a Santa hat on, and she wanted that on, too. Again, good photo op, so why not?

And yes, those are baseball and hockey cards she’s playing with… gotta love it. She was thrilled to find them in her stocking.

Time to go to sleep, so we can wake up and go past Cleveland tomorrow.





MN, part 2

2 09 2008

with Grandma Erickson

with Grandpa Erickson

at Al’s Breakfast (Dinkytown, Minneapolis). Perhaps Jim and Cathy’s favorite restaurant in the world. Mmm Mmm good… and the staff behind the counter are great fun.





Minnesohhta..

2 09 2008

Last week we took a quick trip to Minnesota, to visit Jim’s parents and introduce Kajsa to more family, friends, and the Minnesota State Fair. She had a blast, of course. Loved meeting people… loved the State Fair. Though sadly, she was asleep when Jim and I got our Sundaes from the Dairy Barn, so she never got to taste that.

Here are some pictures, then I’ll post more in another post.





the past week

1 01 2008

Just some pix. I’ve been sick, exhausted, and on vacation. Aside from those first two negatives, however, there have been some fun times in the past week. So here are some moments in pictures…

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Sledding on Christmas Day

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Our Christmas tree… I love our tree… I’m going to miss it.

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Al’s Breakfast in Dinkytown, Minneapolis. Best pancakes in the world: Wally Blue’s.

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Hiking with the dogs… along the Mississippi River.

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Minnesota Wild game… after we won in overtime.

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After the game.