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May 31, 2013

First Family Road Trip!

Scott and I both had Memorial Day off, so we took to the road! On Friday we spent the evening at home. After Cannon fell asleep we were able to watch a movie together. It was really nice! On Saturday we spent the day at home as well cleaning, doing laundry and playing with the little man. That evening we had the missionaries over for dinner and three elders came. We had a good time! I made black bean enchiladas (soooo delicious) and made enough to send some home with the elders. They had a nice time with Cannon and after dinner we all talked about the Plan of Salvation and eternal families.

On Sunday we got up at went to church in the morning, and Cannon never really took a nap until we got home at noon. He slept while we packed up the car. It is hard to travel lightly with a baby on board! This trip was a great trial run for when we drive back west this summer. About an hour into our drive we came across an accident so traffic was backed up for a while. Soon after we got out of that little jam it started to rain. Not just rain, but pour. You know, like it does in the Midwest? I couldn't go over 50 mph for a while while it rained. What should have taken about three and a half hours took us five, but no complaints from me! I think that is pretty good considering the traffic, weather, and stopping twice for the little man.

After reaching our hotel we skyped with the Millers and had fun chatting with them. We can't wait to visit soon! Then we walked next door to Culver's for burgers. Yum! After that it was bed time for the little one while we stayed up watching TV. We don't have cable so it was fun to actually watch TV for a bit. Haha!

The next day we had breakfast at the hotel before heading to Mall of America. That place was pretty cool! Sure, a mall is a mall anywhere you go, but this mall is huge. And has tons of cool stuff. And I loved it there. And I want to go back just to shop. After the mall we drove into St. Paul to visit Rice Park and the Saint Paul Cathedral. At the park there were some cool statues of Peanuts characters as Charles Schulz is from St. Paul. There was also a statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald because he is from St. Paul as well. We didn't stop to go inside the cathedral or anything, but it was beautiful! Getting back to the freeway we wound through some neighborhoods just loving the houses we saw.

On our way out of town and back to Iowa we stopped to see the Fort Snelling National Cemetary. We didn't even know it was nearby until someone had mentioned it to me at the hotel during breakfast. We didn't spend much time there because it was so busy (being Memorial Day and all) but it was incredible to see and remember those who have sacrificed so much for the freedom that we have.

At Mall of America! The Peeps store was my favorite, with the Lego store being a close second. They had tons of HUGS characters built out of legos and some wall art built from legos too. And check out that wall full of bins of legos! Scott really enjoyed that. :)

Rice Park with all the statues. The weather was perfect while we were out at the park - not too hot and not too cold. And it wasn't raining!

I am going to post a few more pictures of our trip on Cannon's Blog soon, so be sure to visit! If you need an invite, let me know.

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