Monday, July 30, 2007

The Bakken

Last Friday, Jeff and I checked out the Bakken museum in Minneapolis.

The public libraries in the area have a really cool program! You can check out passes to local museums, zoos, and historic houses. Each Museum Adventure pass that you check out allows free admission for up to 4 people.

I couldn't decide which pass to check out first. I'd wanted to visit the Bakken for quite some time, so I figured it was a good place to start. I really hope that Jeff and I will be able to check out all of the museums!

Anyway, the Bakken was awesome!

It is located right on Lake Calhoun, but that's not really what made it awesome. The museum is all about electricity. I learned a lot of things. It was a very interactive museum, too. If you've never visited this one, I'd highly suggest it. It's especially good for kids.

Well...except for the Frankenstein presentation. It's a little spooky and could frighten small children. Of course, it's great for the big kids that Jeff and I are. That was easily the best part of the museum!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Downtown Mpls

On July 9th, I began working a temp position downtown Minneapolis. We love downtown Minneapolis!! Jeff promised to send some pics of the old Federal Reserve Bank to his Art professor from PCC because they had studied that building in her class. So, after work, I walked down to Peavey Plaza to enjoy the water fountain. Jeff picked me up there and we drove down to where the old bank is and the new library.

Here are a few pics that I took with my camera phone while we walking around.

The Fourth of July

This is one holiday that always seems to be chock full of fun things to do.

This year, Jeff and I went to 4 picnics.

Picnic #1--The Christianson's
We stopped at the Christianson's for a little while. It was fun to catch up with John and Geri a little, and of course, chat with Lindsay and Dave. I also ran into Jessica Abrahamson (not sure what her married name is) who I went to seminary with many, many years ago. We weren't ever in the same ward, but our two wards did have early morning seminary together. I think her dad was even our teacher. She didn't really remember me though. :-( The food was good, and after a short while, we head out to...

Picnic #2--Uncle Rodney's
Every 4th of July, my Uncle Rodney invites everyone out to his house on Lake Minnetonka in Deephaven. Rodney usually takes a few boat trips out with the kids and whoever else might like to join them. Unfortunately, there isn't too much intermingling, but it's still fun for a once-a-year type of get-together. After some brief socializing, we headed out to...

Picnic #3--The Parsons'
McKenzie's birthday happens to be on the 4th, and she turned 30 this year, so we didn't want to miss out on this party. There was tons of good fun, and we were hungry again by this time. :-) Plus we got to visit with some friends from our old ward who we hadn't seen for nearly two years. It was fun to get reacquainted with a few of them. It was funny how one sister looked exactly the same as she didn't two years ago--VERY pregnant!!

Picnic #4--Back Home
Not really much of a picnic because no one was hungry from the day of gorging; it was more of a gathering place for fireworks. My family has scoped out a great viewing point for the Eagan fireworks. It's about a 1/2 mile walk, but you really can't ask for a better show! Corey, Lina, Trevor and Jeff stayed behind, but everyone else got to experience these fireworks up close and personal. I took a LOT of pics with my camera phone--some even turned out quite well.

It was a long, but very enjoyable, day!! Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th as well!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Selena's 11th Birthday

This is a little slow in coming, but here is a short blog on my niece's birthday.

Little Selena is growing up so fast. She just turned 11 on June 27. As per usual, we celebrated the following Sunday at Dad's house.

Enjoy the short slideshow!


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