Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What We've Been Up To And Where We're Moving

After a bit of a blogging break, I'm back!

We've been in Minneapolis for about five and a half weeks now and have been fitting in tons of fun activities with family and friends. Our time in Minneapolis is winding down, but I thought I'd summarize some of the highlights.

Lake Vermilion

We spent a few days on Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota with my family immediately after arriving back in the States. We stayed at Ludlow's Island Resort, an old favorite that I hadn't been to since the summer before college, I think. It was a quick trip, but fun to hang out with family at the lake. 

Our cabin for the long weekend:
My youngest sister Kathryn had a few friends come up for the first couple days of our trip. They (along with Peter) tried stand-up paddle boarding, which looked entirely too difficult/risky to me. My other sister, Ali, and I took out one of the paddle boats and followed them instead.
Best part of the weekend? Spending time with my adorable niece, Hadley.
Each time we head up to Lake Vermilion we rent one of the resort's pontoon boats for a few hours and make our way across the lake to have dinner. The trip is always fun and sometimes eventful- one year we ran out of gas during a thunderstorm and had to be rescued. Based on this information, you may assume we aren't great boaters, which is absolutely correct. 
 We caught an amazing sunset on the way back from dinner and thankfully had our nice camera out to capture it.

Minnesota State Fair

I could do an entire post on the ridiculous amount of food I consumed at this year's state fair, but I'll spare you and just post a few photos. Let me just say: you haven't lived until you've been to the Minnesota State Fair.

Deep fried macaroni and cheese on a stick. Amazing. 
 Cheese curds, which would be utterly disgusting in any other setting but somehow taste fabulous at the fair.
 Sweet Martha's Cookies.
This one's a little blurry, but chocolate covered key lime pie on a stick. Yes, that's a thing. 

Family, Etc.

My mom and I met my grandparents for lunch in the town where I attended college. It was so fun to see them, and also to drive around campus and reminisce a bit. 
The Six Pack, where I lived my junior and senior years of college with six other girls. Last I heard, the house had been condemned and was set to be torn down, but #stillstanding. Apparently, there was black mold in the basement or something, which is entirely believable and a bit unsettling.
 One of the greatest places on Earth.
 And finally, our moving truck all packed and ready to go! We're moving on Monday.

Where is it going, you ask?


And the best part? We somehow convinced my sister Ali to move with us, so it's basically going to be a giant party. More details on that later...

I think I'm going to keep blogging about random insignificant details of my life, but I might need to change the name of my blog since we're not exactly Down Under (although, Texas is technically down and under Minnesota). So, suggestions for a new name welcome ;). It remains to be seen if anything interesting enough to actually write about happens now that we've moved our lives back Stateside. Time will tell!


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Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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