We had a great time visiting Grandma and Grandpa up in Minnesota this past week, but it went too fast!
It was so great to have an extra couple of pairs of hands around to actually enjoy sitting down and eating and my back definitely felt the relief! It was also great to have the company! That’s probably one of the hardest things about Jed being gone – is having someone to talk to (that you can actually understand). Charlie is a great conversationalist, but I have no idea what she’s saying (yet).
We kept pretty busy so here’s a quick recap of our week in the Land of the Lakes.
Sunday (afternoon): A friend of the family’s son turned 21 and was having a cookout, so we went and stopped over to say hello.
Monday: Went to Once Upon a Child to look for some items to keep up at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Ended up with a couple of outfits instead 🙂
Tuesday: Went to the Mall of America for some retail therapy! Of course we found some super cute clothes at the new Carter’s they opened up as well as Hanna Andersson and Nordstrom’s. We have to take advantage of those stores we don’t have down here in Iowa! Plus, I was having a really difficult time finding nursing bras that fit well and Nordstrom’s is great! They have tons of styles in about every size imaginable, so I finally found some I can wear without worrying.
Wednesday: We went to Uptown Minneapolis to visit Grandpa at work and go out to lunch with him and some co-workers. We had Thai food, which was delicious. We then met up with Grandma at Babies R’ Us and got a play mat and changing pad to keep up in MN. Charlotte loves her play mat and kicks the toys a lot! She loves looking at everything so this was perfect for entertainment for her when our backs needed a little break.
Thursday: My mom and I went to get our nails done while Grandpa was on babysitting duty. Felt really good to get a mani/pedi and feel a little more “normal”.
Friday: Stopped at Petco to figure out why Tank and Dora’s anti-bark collars aren’t working (and got it resolved) and then headed to the Eden Prairie mall for some more retail therapy. There isn’t any sales tax on clothing in MN, so we took advantage of that. We got some super cute clothes on sale at Baby Gap.
Saturday: Traveled back to Des Moines. She did so well traveling. We stopped once on the way up and once on the way back. It rained the whole way back which wasn’t ideal, but we managed. My only beef was that the gas station that we went to had a poorly designed bathroom for changing babies diapers. Usually the stations are in the handicap stall or away from everything, but this one had it right outside of the stalls so if you were changing baby, you would block two of the three stalls. I’d like to meet the genius that thought that was a good idea. Charlotte did get to meet more of her family upon her return to Des Moines. Uncle Isaiah, Aunt Havvah and Aunt Vered were in town for a crab boil!
Photos From The Week:
The one thing we don’t have a lot of are pictures of me (and obviously Jed) with Charlotte so anytime we have the chance to be in a photo with her, we’re taking it! Grandpa took some of me and Charlotte in the backyard, which was great and we’re planning on taking lots in Texas as well with Jed.
Also, I had to post these pictures of the awesome gift from Uncle Isaiah and Alyssa. I can’t wait to dress Charlie in them!
We’re keeping busy this week with the cleaning service coming and going to the chiropractor (I can’t wait!). And then next week we have her two-month appointment, which I’m not looking forward to (because she has to get shots for her immunizations) and then we head to Texas to visit Jed, which we are looking forward to!