It was a bit of a whim really, but all the pieces just seemed to line up so perfectly. I am on maternity leave from work (so I have the time), the dates worked for them, the tickets were cheap (since it is COLD there), Sebastian is the perfect traveling age, and it has been entirely too long since we have seen each other. And so that is how this story began.
On February 8th, Sebastian took his first plane trip and he and I flew to Minnesota to visit our good friends, Beth and Justin (and their kids Haley and Matt).
I don’t know much about Minnesota besides that it is cold there, and that the Mall of America is there. So of course I was ecstatic to experience both!
Day one was the Mall of America. It is definitely huge and impressive with it’s theme park in the middle.
5.7 degrees and with the wind chill it was said to “feel like -3 degrees” Brrrr. It was fun to experience for a bit; stings the toes and bites the nose is a VERY appropriate description of that kind of cold. I also really liked learning how they have different things to make life easier with the cold (for example the mall has lockers where you put in all your coats and winter gear while you shop) and liked seeing that girls there still do wear dresses (I was wondering what Dayla would do if we lived there) just with tights and jackets and Ugg boots to make dresses a real option.
Here is Sebastian all bundled up for the cold:
On day two we went to “The conservatory” which had a tropical plant area, zoo animals (inside) and a beautiful building with a glass roof (that made it a perfect place to take pictures!) It was so fun and so beautiful.
Beth loves to take pictures, so this is the view I saw a lot. I was happy to see that my Dayla is not the only kid who gives her picture taking mama a hard time. 😉
I couldn’t help but jump in and want to capture the beautiful model in this beautiful place with the perfect light too.
And every photographer mama wishes that she had more pictures with her own kids, so I didn’t hesitate to ask Beth and Haley to jump into the yummy light so I could capture these:
Day three we hung around the house and then took a trip to the store “Archivers”. Beth and I used to scrapbook with our friend Kristy (a scrapping trio if you will) and every time we scrapped together we would hear Beth sing praises of the store Archivers: a store in her home town and the “best scrapbook store ever”. Of course I had to go check it out. $37 dollars and two hours later, I admitted to Beth it indeed is an AWESOME store. 🙂 I don’t have any pictures of Archivers, but I did capture some of our jammy time in the house.
One of the sweetest things was the way that Matt took care of Sebastian while we were there. Matt is just two, but he was SO interested in Sebastian and loved to “take care” of him by bringing him toys and rocking his chair and watching my every move. It just melted my heart so of course I had to capture a pic of Sebastian and his buddy together:
An awesome trip! The only bad part about it was having to leave. Beth and I were pregnant together with our firsts (Dayla and Haley were born just two days apart) and when Haley was just 6 months old Beth and Justin decided to do missions work in Austria. There have been so many times since they left that both Daniel and I have missed them, but being with them helped me to remember how amazing they truly are, and just how dear they are to my heart. And of course Haley reminds me so much of the girls here so I wish they could all be friends. Dayla has told me more than once (when she sees pictures of Haley), “I am sure we would be the best of friends”…and I know in my heart that would be true. And now Sebastian and his buddy Matt. Oh how we wish you were here Higgins family! For now, we will just enjoy our pen pals…and plan our next trip!
Thank you Beth and Justin for your hospitality and for a wonderful time! I loved meeting your littles and loved spending precious time with you! Until next time…