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Big Bugs

This weekend we went to the MN Zoo and spent most of our time at their Big Bugs exhibit. It was a hot day and to be honest, the heat and the crowds tested Tim and my marriage a bit. Just like Target runs, going to the zoo mid-week is always better than on weekends. We braved the crowds and the heat so the kids could experience the zoo with their Dad.

This is kid far to cool to be Tim and my kid. Look at him posing like a child model.

It was a fun day filled with giant animatronic bugs, layers of sun screen and Tim and I shooting glares at each other while we each counted 1 kid, 2 kid, 3 kid over and over, both thinking the other wasn’t paying enough attention.

We picked up Beth on the way to the zoo. Have I mentioned how much I love living so close to family again? The only people who love it more than me is the kids.

Michael thinks he is a zoo tour guide because he went on a school field trip to the zoo and because of our few trips to the zoo this spring. He was happy to be in charge of the map and lead the way.


The best thing about having a zoo membership is that there isn’t pressure to get all the bang for your buck like when you buy a day pass. Because of this we cruised by most of the animals and headed right to the big bugs.

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Michael has done some light reading on bugs and was able to tell us a lot about the different classifications and why some bugs looked like spiders but were not spiders. I think it is great that he is interested and learning, but I draw the line at bug collecting.

This bug (I was too busy taking photos to learn the scientific names) was animatronic and the kids were able to manipulate the controls.

Patrick loved it.

And here is my favorite photo of the day. I told Patrick to make a face like there was a real giant grasshopper behind you.

I think Elise’s favorite part of the day was the cooling mist faucets.

Test Your Driving Knowledge

Tim and I have to retake the written exam to get our MN drivers liscence.

Here is the practice test they offer online.

I scored a 80% and Tim scored a 68%…and they say women are the bad drivers!

Home Sweet Home

I am writing my first blog post from OUR HOME!

We signed all the papers this morning. Moved all our stuff out of corporate housing, and then spent the rest of the day cleaning the house.

Lucy loves loves loves the backyard and has even made friends with the neighbor’s dogs (3 HUGE dogs). Michael loves all the room to run and PJ just thinks it is wonderful to be out of his carseat!

My parents were able to make it down for the big day. Beth is still here too. Tim had to go back to work after signing gross amounts of paper work (basically signing our life away 🙂 )

Earlier today I felt like a trespasser but as the day went on the house started to feel more like home. The trucks (a semi and a half) should be here Monday! Once our stuff is here and we can put our things in closets and drawers it will really feel like home.

Tomorrow I will write more but for now, I need to finish my to-do lists (because lists have kept me sane in all the chaos) and go to bed.

A quick shout out to my parents and to Beth:


Your help has been invaluable and it has been great sharing this exciting time with you.

Beth, you are a super star and I am serious when I say come be our nanny!

For all that you have done….

Thank You Thank YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

House Hunt

The latest moving news is that it is over 95% sure we will be moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area come January. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Because contract negotiations are going so well, we have been given the green light to start house hunting. I have a cousin in that area who is in real estate so she is helping us look. So far our top choices are all in the Cottage Grove area.

To set the Grandparents mind at ease there are links below to Google maps to prove that we will not be that far away.

Grand Forks, ND to Cottage Grove, MN

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Minot, ND to Cottage Grove

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