So Dan and I packed our bags Saturday morning and headed up to London in the afternoon. We had booked a hotel near the airport that gave us a really good deal on airport parking for two weeks and it also meant not having to wake up at 2 am to catch a coach up to London for our 7 am flight! The next morning we got to Heathrow bright and early to find our flight had been delayed an hour (not the first time this would happen on this trip :P). But we ended up getting another connection in Chicago and not having too much of a delay in the end.
Mom, Jennie and Katie came to get us at the airport and we did request a cheeky stop at Chipotle on the way home, haha! Dan and I tried to stay up as late as possible to combat jet lag, but only made it to about 7:30-8ish. The next morning, we woke up bright and early (5:30!), Dan took Bailey on a run and mom and I were going to get pedicures. We ended up having to postpone until the afternoon though because they were booked up. So in the meantime, Jennie, Katie, Dan and I headed to the Mall of America for some serious shopping.
That evening, my Aunt Judy had a bbq for us and my cousin, Brian, and his wife and kids who happened to be visiting from South Carolina at the same time. It was so nice to see everyone and catch up, Dan has suggested name tags for Christmas though 🙂
On Tuesday, Dan and I went to one of my favorite all you can eat sushi places (only $15 and made to order, amazing!) and ate way too much food (which sort of became a common occurrence on our trip).
The next day was Valley Fair and water park time, it was so hot, but we had a good time. Dan and I kind of chickened out a bit on some of the bigger rides, didn’t have quite the same adrenaline rush going as when we went to Alton Towers. Took one look at the Wild Thing and was like, “No way!”.
Thursday night, we went to The Shout House for dueling pianos. I had never been and didn’t really know what to expect, but it was really good. And my friend Rose and her boyfriend came out so it was nice to be able to spend some time with them! And on Friday night, my Aunt Debbie had a bbq at her house for us to catch up with the Grannes’! Had some delicious food and got to catch up with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. Again, Dan thinks name tags would be a good idea for Christmas 🙂
Saturday morning, we piled into the van and made our way to the cabin. Grandma and Grandpa were up there too so it was nice to be able to spend some time with them! We played around on the four wheelers, did some fishing, made a stop into town for some pool and purchases at the candy shop, and also smores on the campfire!
The second night there, Dan and I took the fishing boat out for some bass fishing. We weren’t having much luck and it was getting dark. Then I caught two bass right in a row, so I was ready to go in, but Dan wasn’t. He got one on the line and I had the net ready and everything, but it jumped off and we had to back in. So not to be outdone, Dan got up early the next morning by himself, but about 10 minutes after he left, an absolute downpour started. He was gone about an hour until we saw him through the front window walking towards the cabin, drenched, but with two bass raised victoriously (mine was still bigger btw) 😛
The last few days, Dan and Dad went golfing twice, I think Dad figured out it was something that he could beat Dan at, but they had a good time 🙂
I got to catch up with my friend, Cuyler, from uni since he’s moved down to Minneapolis now. He came to Valley Fair with us with his friend, Keely. Dan and I also met up with him at Lake Calhoun one day to enjoy the sunshine.
More ridiculous amounts of food at the Nook for Juicy Lucys!
Dan and Bailey made friends, with the jet lag waking him up early, they had quite a few early morning runs/walks together.
And while the guys went golfing, Mom, Jennie, Katie, and I relived childhood and went to the Minnesota zoo. It was pretty boiling hot walking around, but the bird show was still as good as ever!
We had such an amazing time and weren’t ready to leave, but there was the consolation that we will be back in 5 months for Christmas!
As for the journey back to the UK, I’ll let this photo sum it up for you, still waiting for United to replay to my complaint letter…