Friday, June 17, 2011

Back to Reality....which isn't all bad!

Mom and I had a great trip to Minnesota to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins.  We had so much fun talking, laughing, eating, bike riding (NOT).  We can't thank them enough for all their hospitality.  I shamefully did not take as many pictures as I should have.  I sometime get so caught up in the moment, that my camera is the last thing on my mind.

But, I did manage to snap a few.

Here is Lisa's new home.  It's just perfect. You got to love that porch...we sat out there for hours talking.

She and Mark are big into collecting art, but please don't ask me about St. Joe in the corner.  Every time I walked in the door, I nearly had a heart attack thinking there was someone else in the room.  She swears you get used to it...eventually.

We then headed up north to Linda and Patty's house on the lake.  This was the view from the deck.  Just amazing.  Best part was that it was big enough for all of us to be together for a few days.  So special.

Corky chillaxin' after a ridiculous bike ride.

Catching the last bit of the sunset.

We also went to downtown Nisswa (hope I got that right) and went to Rafferty's for pizza.  Honestly, it was the best pizza I ever had.  Just delicious.  Make sure you try the one with lingonberries on it.  I'm's incredible.

I also got to stay for a few days with my cousin Lori, who is also the originator of the name Mush Push (look to the left on my blog to see my sweet cousin at age 5).  Lori has been on The 17 Day Diet since February (I think that's what she said).  She has lost 18 pounds and is now in maintenance mode.   She looks so great and she highly recommended the plan.                                                                                                                        
As I have been on my own new eating regime for about 2 months and stuck at only 5 pounds, it seemed like a good suggestion. So, I bought The 17 Day Diet book and today is officially day 2.  I will share my experiences as I go.  (Krissy's joining me on this journey, so you might here some of her comments as well.)  

Thanks to my Minnesota Family...I love you all so much.


  1. Looks like a great place to visit!

  2. ahh. that sunset and hammock are calling to me!

  3. what a gorgeous house! Hilarious about the statue. My husband was the caretaker of this old house on our college campus. He lived in the extension. it was always creepy anyway, but there was a statue in one of the rooms that would always surprise you. Definitely lots of mini-heart attacks.

  4. Glad you got a chance to get away to Minnesota. :) Looks like you guys had a nice vist. I'm only sad I didn't know you'd be around so I could come say hello! Hope your snap back to reality is treating you well.

  5. Reading your Mush Push brought back all the memories of our trip. The pictures were wonderful but oh how I wish I had seen St. Joseph. Maybe next time. Love you, Mom