Minnesota Pilgrimage 2014
Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they make their annual visit back to their friends and family in Minnesota.
Mary is relaxing with a beer, as am I, here at DFW, Dallas Fort Worth International. We flew out of PV at midday and have a couple hour layover here. We expect to be pounding on son Joe’s door, in Minneapolis, about midnight.
Joe, good son that he is, had a martini waiting for me last night and we relaxed with cigars out in the garage until the wee hours. After sleeping in Joe hauls us up to my mom’s place in Foley for a happy hour get-together. This is my mom, Margaret and sis Cheryl who is holding our younger nieta, granddaughter, one year old Summer.
Joe¬†and better half¬†Meryah welcome Deb, Mary’s BFF who has just made the scene.
As has¬†my aunt Carol with me. We were really pleased that she and my cousin Diane were able to make the scene. Behind me is Sally. She and husband Tom are about the best neighbors my mom could ever have. Right now Tom, a very successful contractor, is roofing mom’s house.
And here’s our¬†eldest Sammy with my brother Mark and ¬†his wife, Connie. Sam had motored in with his family from their Dover, NH home a couple days ago.
The next day we cruised to Kevin and Rosie’s place in nearby Sauk Rapids and started MDD2014 prep. ¬†Sunday, after damage assessment and a proper cleanup of Kevin and Rosie’s home we headed north to Mary’s family cabin, on a¬†small lake south of Garrison.
Peter, Sam’s close friend from HS is up visiting with us at the cabin. That’s him on the right ringed¬†by Mary’s mom Harriet, Aria our 3 year old¬†granddaughter, Sam and his wife Annah. Sammy, Peter and I are pretty excited. Tonight, on the theater system downstairs we are watching Escape Plan. ¬†Sam is a huge Arnold fan and Peter loves Sly just as much and they both have been holding out on their first viewing, since the release last fall,¬†until they can do it together. Me, I’ve already seen it… but just once!
And then on Thursday we’re off to Minneapolis where daughter Helen and hubby Caleb put us up for the night after happy hour at the Chatterbox Pub with¬†friends of both generations, including Deb and Bonnie from Princeton. We temporarily misplaced our cameras so we have no photographic proof of this and little circumstantial evidence but the story¬†seems to¬†hold up in the court of our memories.
We’re at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul and the theme is Our World where kids can pretend to be grown-up.¬†Here Aria is weighing some pretend veggies and…
It is Saturday and Cousining Day, Joe and Meryah are kind enough to host. You see, the kids discovered that there are a bunch of cousins who¬†live within about¬†a 5 mile radius, here in the city, so a little bit ago they organized the first¬†Cousining and all got reacquainted. For this one, as we are in town, uncles and aunts are given a special exemption and allowed to attend.
Next up is¬†daughter-in-law Annah, Ian is kind enough to loan¬†her his guitar.
It’s Sunday¬†and Caleb and Sammy are playing Kubb. It is a day of simple pleasures and…
It is just immediate family until…
And now, as this is our last opportunity this visit, the latest…
Early the next day, Monday, Joe wheels us to the airport and after a late breakfast with his siblings and their spouses Sammy and Annah head¬†back East. As the sun sets slowly in the west we bid a fond farewell to all our family and friends.
Thanks for visiting gentle reader. Bruce and Mary hope that those followers, other than family and friends, forgive their indulgences in this post as there is nothing very “SetFreeInMexico” about it. And always, comentarios are much appreciated. Hasta proximo Domingo!