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We just got back from visiting family in Minnesota.



I have little nieces and nephews, and I am the adoring aunt!

The price of gas in MN was ridiculous…$4.39.


Ryan was the muscles while the kids played pilot.


We relaxed, ate lots of coffee ice cream, went to a local gluten free bakery and visited Ryan’s favorite sandwich shop, Bun Mi.


We went hiking with Ryan’s parents!


The shrubbery in Minnesota is different than here in Illinois. It’s more forest-y and hilly. I miss that!


My brother came in from Madison and we surprised him with a early birthday party. I made my dreamy lemon cake (coming on the blog soon) and the family ate every last bit.


It was also nice to take a little break from blogging. My mom sent me home with 2 giant cork boards. I’ve been looking for large cork boards for a while, so I am excited to give them a little facelift and share them with you.


Look! My dad with his Illinois pride!


Ryan’s parents


Missing our families already!

Want to read about some of our other favorite things about Minnesota? See the post here!

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  1. it’s always said to leave our families! I’ve been living in Spain for the last 7 years and my sadness it’s always the same when I leave Italy after my holidays :( Also, it seems I can’t control my tears every time my family goes back home after visiting!

  2. What a beautiful family you have! $4.39?? That’s highway robbery!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  3. Beth,

    Thank you for sharing your fun pictures from your trip and reminding me of life in MN (lived there for a couple years) yeah, you betcha!

    Hugs, Tanya

  4. YAY! Minnesota! My parents were born and raised there and they were the only ones to leave the midwest (I grew up in California). I miss summer vacations there as a child and getting to enjoy “kids time” in the basement and roaring thunderstorms! Where abouts is your family from? (mine are all over: Anoka, St. Cloud/Sterns County, Duluth, Coon Rapids, Brainerd)

    • Gotta love MN summer thunderstorms! Our families live in a suburb outside of Minneapolis.

  5. Such sweet pictures! Looks like you guys had a ton of fun :)

  6. Don’t you just love being an auntie!?! I think it’s the best job in the world. I love to spoil my nieces and nephews! =) Looks like you had a wonderful time visiting family!

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