Minnesota Vacation Highlights

Allison and I just got back from a 5 day trip to Minnesota for the high school graduation of Jonathan and Melissa Anderson, my cousins and Godchildren.  Jonathan and Melissa were born while I was a Junior at Saint Mary’s College in Winona, MN.  (It seems like 18 years has gone by so fast!  Has it really been that long since I was in college?!)  They have grown into beautiful young adults and I am so proud of them!

The graduation celebration was a little family reunion for my Mom’s side of the family – all of her siblings were there.  It was also a great girls vacation for me and Allison.  –Carter and Daddy also enjoyed a fun and productive “boys weekend at home”!  Here are the highlights…

ALLISON DISCOVERS PINE TREES
Upon arrival in Minnesota, Allison took a look at this pine tree and asked me:
“Mom, what kind of cactus-tree is that?”
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CLOVER PATCH
Allison and Pop search for four leaf clovers.
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MELISSA & JONATHAN’S GRADUATION
Allison and the high school graduates.
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FAMILY
(back ) Amy Jo Maruschak, Mary O’Donnell, Mike Schauer,
Mary Susan Anderson, Pop Patterson
(front) Allison Maruschak, Nana Patterson, Jonathan Anderson,
Melissa Anderson, Karen Haggard
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MALL OF AMERICA
We had such a great time at the Mall of America on Monday!

Allison and the American Girl doll that we had lunch with at the American Girl Bistro.100_0334.JPG

Allison zooming around the corner on her favorite ride, Swiper’s Sweeper.
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Drivin’ the big rig…
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Lego store.
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3 Responses to “Minnesota Vacation Highlights”

  1. Grandma says:

    Wow! What a wonderful trip! I wish I could have gone to lunch at American Girl Bistro. Looks like the Minnesota trip was a great experience for Allison!

  2. Jim says:

    It’s pictures like this that give me the best screensaver at work!