So over new years, we enjoyed a planned trip down to visit my parents in the Twin Cities. It always feels like such a neat little get-a-way from reality when we get to visit. Rand describes the Gutierrez family pace as having a little faster tempo then what he is used to. Basically, this means that we usually get to expose ourselves to a lot while we are there. Our weekend included:
The drive. Rand was a trooper and drove the whole way! My back was really not feeling so hot sitting for 5 hours :(
The giving of our Christmas gift to our parents. I really enjoy giving gifts and it was a lot of fun to watch them open. We also had a few gifts including a bundle of clothes from my parents, sister, and cousin. So excited for some of the outfits.
A visit with my fashionable and fun friend, Hailey and my FAVORITE place, Panera. Cinnamon something bagels, cream cheese, and a few bites of yummy mac and cheese. YES!
A new iPhone cover purchase from a neat store called Madewell and a teal earring purchase from Franchescas at Southdale Mall. This felt like a special gift because when I go home I really enjoy stopping at Frachescas and I have been on the prowl for a iPhone cover with "fun pops of color". Rand even did some shopping and bought a new expansion for Catan and a game called Carcazon.
A visit to the newly remodeled Cassetas near the excel. What a fun treat.
A trip to babysRus. I made the mistake of deciding for us that we were going to start a registry. This only added to the pressure I was placing on myself. Needless to say, after 2 hours viewing strollers/car seats, I had a meltdown next to the cribs. Swearing was definitely involved. No shame. All I really wanted to do, was pick out colors and look at baby clothes is what I figured out after processing.
A really fun trip (in place of church on Sunday, YES, we skipped church!) to a state park in Eagan where we went cross country skiing. It felt so good to get to enjoy outdoor activity during winter. I can't say that I have many things I enjoy when it is 5 degrees, but I thoroughly enjoyed this and it was a blast to do with the company of Rand and my parents. My favorite things was probably sliding down the hills on the butt of my Skis so I wouldn't fall.
A visit with our good friends the Onyshuks in MSP and their beautiful son Jameson.
A double date with Hailey and her boyfriend John to a really neat place in St.Paul and a trip to the ice rink downtown.
A trip to the Science Museum which bought back really found memories of field trips when I was home-schooled.
A visit from my dear friend Abbey and opening a gift for baby Seay.
It is always hard to leave, especially since it was a little shorter then we had originally planned, but we definitely enjoyed it.