More of fabulous MN

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I figure it is better late than never.  We truly had the most amazing time with Diana and family in MN. I plan to make our blog into books for the kids and I want to remember every great moment of our trip. 

One early morning, we went strawberry picking....



Strawberry Kisses
Strawberry kisses!


Dave made a pie with the fresh strawberries and some blueberries.  He also made an incredible strawberry "relish" for our pork chops. Yummy!

Ainsley and I became fast friends.  Here we share a fizzy lemonade!

Dave gave the little girls a geology lesson and of course....

The girls played in and on the rocks!


Di took me for a spin on the jet ski.  It was so much fun!

Jeff (and Dave) looked after the kids for a while.

We were invited to a lake friend's house for some fun and games but Miss Kate was not budging.  I kept telling her it was time to go to the party.  She flopped down like this on the trampoline and said, "no party."

At the party, we played old fashioned games like three legged races.  Dave and Will  came in first.
My partner and I came in last (and I have the purple toes to prove it).

We played "pass the lime" and everyone won:)

Ruby whacks the pinata!

The kids met new friends.


Everyone learned to kayak.




We had a blast on the "Super Mable!"


We laughed!


And life long friendships were made.

Thank you again Di and Jeff, Ruby, Ainsley, Piper and Caymus.


  1. What gorgeous photos - especially love the one of you and Dave - so glad you all had such a great time! And glad your blog is back! Wendy

  2. What a great post! I am so glad you are back.

    I loved the pictures. It is such a wonderful gift you have been to make such special friends and then to have them understand the ups and downs of the adoption process is just priceless.

    By the way I ADORE Kate's whale dress. That is just perfect!


  3. Oh wow, these photos are wonderful! I love the one of your son and Ainsley smiling at each other. Oh how precious! All of the pics tell the story of a beautiful friendship. Thanks for sharing with us. I also love the berry kiss photo. So cute!
    I am so glad you are blogging again. I missed reading about the peanuts.
    Have a great day, Kim.

  4. what treasured memories!! may they last until you are all together again making more!

  5. I love this pictures. Friendship is a gift from God and so was having such a lovely time.
    God bless you,

  6. aww looks like yall had so much fun!!!

    i love all the pictures! especially the one of Harry and Ainsley! how cute!!!

  7. Thank you for sharing more special memories from your trip. So many great shots and so many great times!


  8. What a fabulous time and gorgeous pictures!! Love the party at the beach house... those are some fun games!!!

  9. These pictures are great! I love the ones of ya'll playing pass the lime. They are so fun! And the one of Harry and Ainsley is so cute!!!

  10. It looks like you all had a perfect time together! Your pictures are just goregous!

  11. these are wonderful!!! Glad you are back and had a great time with friends. In a few years you may have to watch out...Ainsley certainly is taken with Harry ; )

  12. Kim,
    Those are all such beautiful photos! The colors just pop out! I want a photo lesson before you go!

  13. Oh Kim - I love this post! It looks as beautiful and perfect as it sounded. What a wonderful thing to find friends to adore. So glad you posted the joy.

    Two very special families...united for life, now that's what it's all about!


  14. Super shots and looks like one of those 'times of our lives' times! And good for you for getting on that tube!!!

  15. I love the photos, especially Dave fishing. That would be my ideal vacation. Still trying to find a wonderful lake around here. Any ideas?

  16. I love how these stunning pictures tell an amazing story of friendship's made.

    These are all just perfect in every way!

  17. Wow Kim - GREAT photos! I second the motion for photo tips.

  18. Sending you hugs from the north country! So fun to see those photos again! Let's do it again soon!!! The loons are calling.....


  19. These have to be the best pictures ever!

    I love the smiling children...I absolutely LOVE the picture of Kate refusing to go to the party...the whale dress is adorable!

  20. I think it's a wonderful idea to turn the photos into a book. It looks like such wonderful memories. There are so many pictures that I love! The strawberry kiss is hilarious, the pie is impressive, Kate's trampoline picture is too funny and I love the last one of Dave fishing. It looks very tranquil.


  21. These pictures are fabulous! I especially love the one of Harry and Ainsley! It looks like the perfect vacation to me!

  22. Wow -- what great photos and what a great time you all must have had! Are you going to make it an annual event!


  23. Kim,

    A luker here that just had to say how happy I am that you're back. Your blog is a little light in my day and inspires me to be a better Mom, Wife and Friend. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life and precious kids. I missed it desperately while you were gone!!!

    Good luck with the move, I know how heartbreaking it is to say goodbye to people/places you love. My grandmother used to say, "This or something better, Lord." I'm sure something even better awaits.


  24. So much fun! I downloaded Blurb to make a book of our blog. It is easy to use and it slurps the blog into the program for you and makes the book. I made a few adjustemnts and have not sent to publish yet so I do not know what the end product looks like.

    I love love love that picture of one of the boys and Ainsley. Soo cute!

  25. Great pictures! The one of you and Dave is adorable and so sweet!

  26. Such great, vivid photos!! Looks like you all had such a wonderful time with your new friends.

  27. What a wonderful time you all had! I loved seeing each picture and living your trip. I am so happy you have made such great friends. What a true blessing!

  28. I LOVE Will's strawberry kiss! It looks like you all got to do so many awesome things outdoors! It is so fun to enjoy activities with great friends! Sounds like you guys had an amazing time! :)

  29. Welcome back! What a lucky night it was to click on your website! I love the pictures - so much! The one of Ainsley and Harry is simply adorable! Looks like a terrific time and I am so relieved for you that you we able to fly!!!


  30. Wow, your pictures are great! It looks like you all had such a wonderful time :)

  31. What beautiful pictures!!! Looks like so much fun. Did you go to the Mall of America by chance?

  32. I can't recall how many days you were in MN, but it sure seems like you did alot in a short amount of time. It looks like you had so much fun!! All of the pictures are great, but I especially love the strawberry kiss. So perfect!

  33. What absolutely gorgeous photos from the north country Kim! I think you need to frame the one of your husband fishing on the dock! Being on a lake for a weekend is truly "livin"! We so enjoy it when we have our chance to escape too! Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories!

  34. Kim, so many wonderful photos from your trip to MN!! It looks like you all had such a special time together and it looks like a very beautiful and special place! All the photos are just terrific and it's so neat that your families were able to get that special time this summer and I'm sure it won't be the last!
    The pictures of you and Dave are so cute. :)

  35. YAY!! Thank you so much for continuing to post!! I love reading your blog. You and your family are such an inspiration to me. The latest pictures and words are priceless... and so are you!! Thank you for sharing.


  36. Okay...apparently I have been living under a rock...(maybe Ruby and Kate could find me, pebble puppies that they are!), but I didn't realize you were back up and running. I am so glad. I love the pictures...and I feel your pain at moving from your home. A year into marriage I had (chose, I guess) to leave my beautiful victorian dream home and move a distance away from everything I knew. It was tough...and I know you are a seasoned mover...but still a hard thing. Your memories and photographs will be your precious gems...and will never go away!

    I wih you peace...and lots of energy with all that you have to do!!


  37. I don't even know where to start. These photos are beautiful! It looks like the perfect all-American summer vacation. I LOVE the pictures of you and Dave and the one of Harry and Airsley. Just adorable!!

  38. Oh Kim....what beautiful, natural and exceptional photos....

    I love all of them...but the last one has something special....I don't Know why but for me it summarizes how you felt those days.

    A very big kiss,


  39. I was so happy to see you opened up your blog again. It looks like the most wonderful time was had by all. Those are the memories you and your children will share for a lifetime. Sorry to hear you are moving. I do know how you feel as we have had to move more times than I can count. The area we live in is not to far from you (Manassas) and we like wise love the history of it all. But you will find new things to love in your new town and find out your kids will do great! Good luck and can't wait to hear more about it. I hope you feel well soon!


  40. Wow! Looks like you had so much fun! I love the picture of you and Dave after the "lime pass" (whatever that is). And the picture of Will and Ainsley on the pier - looks like they're 17!!! So cute!!

  41. What fabulous pictures! Great memories.

  42. WOW KNOW I am a huge fan of you, your family, and your photography...but this post might be my very favorite ever.
    Your pictures captured what was obviously such a special time with friends.
    (I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics of you and hubby - how sweet...and sounds like a game I would enjoy. hehe)

  43. Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing. I can't believe you made such an incredible friend via your blog. Such an awesome story!!

  44. BEAUTIFUL pictures..
    You can tell in all of your faces you had the most amazing time..
    It is truly amazing how you meet such wonderful people on this amazing journey..
    LOVE the pictures..

  45. the pictures are amazing!!! i love the pie, i sooo want a bite of it! I love the little girl and harry smiling and looking at each other. kate not wanting to go to the party is so cute. she must have been having a great time.

  46. Beautiful photos of what looks like a perfect day. Love the one of hubby fishing. I think there may have been a little crushing going on there with Harry and Ainsley! That is so cute!

  47. Great pictures of your trip up North - sounds and looks like a great time!!!

  48. Your vacay looks WONDERFUL.

    The pie?

    The smiles?

    The games?

    All so very sweet. Perhaps Ohio is in your plans for next summer. LOL!

  49. This is what happens when TWO BEAUTIFUL families get together!! Seriously - who always looks to "put together" and perfect!! I think Ainsley is such a beautiful little girl! I love the picture of the 2 of you sharing your lemonade fizzy!

  50. Great pics at Diana & Jeff's. The games looked like alot of fun :)


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