We are back after a wonderful long weekend in Minnesota with the nieces pieces! Bobby and I left last Thursday afternoon for a trip to visit his parents. Our three favorite Kansans were there, too: Susan, Adam and baby Claire!
It was truly fantastic to see Claire again. Though I follow all of her adventures on Susan’s blog, it was fun to see in person just how much she’s grown. Her personality is as bubbly as it is endearing.
Claire has started eating a few solid foods, and I had the chance to attempt an applesauce tasting. We were a little unsure at first, but eventually Claire decided to give it a try and found she liked it a lot!
I imagine her thought process went something like this:
“What is this stuff?”
“I’m not sure…”
“OK, I’ll try it!”
After the first full bite, she was hooked. Who can blame her? I love a good jar of applesauce.
Speaking of solid food, my mother-in-law Barb put together quite a few feasts for us. Highlights included this chili, served with a piece of homemade olive, oat and whole wheat bread (recipe here).
A Thanksgiving-esque meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing and plenty of gravy.
Bowls of fresh fruit salad.
And of course, the sweets. There was plenty of pumpkin and banana bread…
…as well as plates full of Christmas cookies, bars, chocolates and fudges. Needless to say, we ate well.
Between bouts of eating and playing games, there was plenty of quality time with our niece. Claire is starting to get the hang of sitting up on her own. I’m sure it will happen any day now!
We channeled our inner frog and practiced strengthening our standing legs, too.
We even watched the Packers game together. Claire and I were so optimistic when we took this photo.
Sadly, my beloved Packers had an unusual (read: really bad) game, and will not be going to the Super Bowl this year. I was bummed, but it helped to have a smiling face and adorable laugh to cheer me up.
Too soon, we had to say goodbye, but Uncle Bobby and I are looking forward to seeing Claire and her mom and dad again very soon.
We couldn’t leave Minnesota without going skating! Bobby had been playing ice hockey all weekend, but on Monday it was my turn to get out and
stumble glide along the ice. His parents came with us, and we had a great time getting a bit of exercise while enjoying a sunny winter day.
I don’t think I’ll be winning awards any time soon, but perhaps an “A” for effort. 😉
What is one of your favorite “winter” activities?
Skating…sledding…sitting on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate. Whatever it is, I’d like to know!