Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday's Second Stop

We ended our time at the Capitol with a picture session on the steps.

Then we started our next tour with pictures on the steps while waiting for Grandma to join us.

This building is so rich with images and windows - breathtaking!
Her favorite...St. Therese...

Sacred Heart...

His favorite...Infant of Prague...

Original bell...

LEGO model of the Cathedral...

Group consensus was that the middle section was missing. No explanations around, other than a sign that said "Please Do Not Touch".

We finished up our day with a leisurely tour through the suburb I grew up in, and then a tour of crazymama's beautiful church.

We will go back to tour her church, because there was a wake in progress. I am not as much of a rebel as she is, and I refused to go into the church and walk around and look at icons up by the deceased body. She should have won the award!

We had a great day. I'm so glad our family has met her and her family!

MAJOR Field Trip Day!

Thursdays are turning into our field trip day. This is wonderful, because we've been enjoying the IRL company of a family we got to know through the power of blogging. We have so much fun together, get a little snarky (ok, I do - she's so much nicer than me!), and think of ways to drive Regina NUTS that she can't be with us.

Here are a few pictures of our first stop yesterday.

The LEGO Model was almost as cool as the real thing.

One heckuva crazy mama....bat-shit crazy, even! At least she was a contender!

I love taking pictures. I wish I were a better photographer...

A very nice man from the Senate Information Office gave us a private tour of the Senate floor. We explained to him that we had a special meeting in the Capitol that conflicted with a public guided tour, and he was very accomodating. Unfortunately, the pictures I took didn't turn out...

Oh, I'm sorry, what was that?

Our very special meeting?



we had to watch this....

and meet him....

Many, many heartfelt thanks go out to Senator Fobbe. She and her office invited us to watch the official Veterans bill signing, and she made sure we met Governor Pawlenty. She is a fervent supporter of homeschoolers, bowfishing, SOLDIERS, and farmers. Oh, and did I mention she is Catholic?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

2 Wonderful Videos

Please take the time to watch them both!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Scary Stuff