Minnesota

After another day of driving, another night at a hotel, and another morning of driving, we arrived at Brooke’s house in White Bear, Minnesota (Brooke is my amazing friend/roommate from NYC, she is married to Joe and they have a 3-year old son named Hawkins). We arrived just in time for the July 4th pool party and I was happy to learn that Zach, another old friend from our time in NYC, was also among the guests. Brooke is an amazing hostess and she made sure that everyone had plenty of great food and drinks throughout the day. Other than taking the time to eat, not a minute on dry land was wasted by the kids.  They were in the pool for the most part of 2 days and Sienna broke a record for being in the pool for 6 hours straight. While we were in Minnesota, we stayed at Brooke’s parents house in Forest Lake. Every morning we woke up to a a feast, as Brooke’s mom was whipping up all kinds of yummy Minnesotan breakfast classics for us (thanks again for having us and for all the delicious food, Debbie and Mike). On our last day in Minnesota, we took a trip to White Bear lake and rented a pontoon boat. The weather was great as we toured around in the boat and had a picnic lunch. The kids were really excited to get some fishing in and they had more than they could ask for catching over 20 fish! After the pontoon boat, there was even more swimming, and then we went to a summer street festival with Brooke, Joe, and Hawkins to get some dinner. After 3 sun- and fun-filled days we were ready to head towards our next destination.

Minnesota

I finally got around to transferring the rest of the pictures from our vacation to my new computer, so here are a couple of shots from when Elliot and I went to Minnesota to visit my dear old friend and roommate from NYC. To those of you who may not know her, I should mention that her name is Brooke, but the kids call her Baboo (as in baboon) due to some serious  issues with body hair on her back, her calfs, and her knuckles. We also got to spend a lot of quality time with Baboo’s  husbond, Joe. He is a really great guy who always wears a hat, and as you can see from below Elliot really bonded with him during our visit. They started up the fireplace together, played with play dough and glow sticks, and Elliot also  taught Joe about a few cool apps on the Ipad. In case you are wondering, it is Baboo’s nephew, Brody, who is starring as Scooby Doo. As I’m posting these pictures, I’m realizing that you can’t see neither Baboo nor Joe very well, so as a service I have just added a few pics from some previous visits. The one collage is from 3½ years ago when we attended Baboo and Joe’s wedding (the only time I’ve seen Joe without a hat), and the other one is from when Sienna and I came for a visit in NYC in 2007.

Brooke & Joe's wedding, July 12 2008
Sienna in New York, Summer of 2007.