Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fall Trip to Minnesota

This post is super long overdue. I blame myself for forgetting my nice camera (which I was super bummed about because we were making Great Grandparent visits) and the pictures getting buried deep on my phone.

Over a long weekend we made a trip to Marshall and then on-ward to Springfield and finally to the Minneapolis area. We hadn't seen that side of the family for just about exactly a year. Last year, my cousin Lisa was married in Minneapolis and we were able to see everyone then. We hadn't been back that way since.

First was a stop in Springfield to see Great Grandpa Wally Bierman and Great Grandma Irma Bierman. Great Grandma has been in a (wonderful) home to take care of her for quite awhile now. Her health has been declining pretty rapidly over the last 6 months. We will see her again later this month when we go to Springfield for the Annual Bierman Family Christmas/Extravaganza.
 I love these with Annie and Great Grandma

Hello Great Grandma! We came all the way from South Dakota to visit you today!

 We didn't get to stay too long in Springfield as we had to get to Great Grandma Fran's birthday party in Minneapolis. Three girls crashed in the car - I'll let you guess who...
(Count that four total people if you count Poppa!)

Grandma Fran looks great. It's good to see her doing well and so happy where she is at. Honestly, I can say that she looks exactly the same as I remember her from a kid. This is the same gal that I took trips in the motorhome to Cutty's with. This is the same gal that I played mini-golf with there. She's the one who I remember going to the senior center in Jeffers with to do puzzles and have treats with. I have lots of memories with Grandma Fran. We're grateful she's doing well after having some health issues a few years ago.  
Aunt Linda, Aunt Laura, Mom, Uncle John, and Grandma Fran

ALL of Grandma Fran's GREAT grandchildren.
Addie, Matthew, Chase, Megan, Owen, Annie, Rachel, and Grace

Nearly all of Grandma's grandchildren.
Patrick, Emily, Becky, Katlyn, and Lisa. We're only missing Brendan who is away at college.

Afterward we went to my Aunt Laura's house in Edina. We all had a blast. The grown-ups were able to visit while the kids played inside and outside. We got to see Lisa and Brian's new house (which is so adorable) and the special surprise of the day was that Aunt Laura made her famous sugar cookies! The plan was to have everyone bring something - turns out everyone had a sweet tooth and all brought brownies! Thank goodness Laura planned a substantial BBQ for us!

I think we're always gathered and snuggled up on someone's sofa somewhere! 

Grace's highlight was spending time with her girl cousins. She loves that Megan and Rachel love on her when she's around. They are huge role models for my little girl, just like their mother and aunties were to me!

I have two more posts from this trip coming up - so hang with me while I play catch-up!

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