Summer Travels: Hanging Out in Minnesota

Phew! It's been a busy couple of weeks since my last update. Jordan and I have been in Minnesota for about a week now, after spending a wonderful week in the Lake District in England (photos coming soon). We've been enjoying reconnecting with family and marveling at all the trees (so many different kinds!) Here's a little look at what we've been up to.


After 5 years, we arrived back in the USA. Waiting for a flight in Atlanta.


Our first meal, reminiscing about sandwiches at Panera.
(My slightly extreme tan is from England, can you believe it??)


The weirdest thing about being back in America is the licenses plates. They're so pretty!


A visit to the grocery store. I am pleased to report that we neither bought the entire store nor panicked (although there was a brief moment when we almost lost Jordan to nacho cheese indecision.


This is my sister's cat. He is having a time-out in this photo because he's wild.


Perhaps the most ridiculous thing to have happened is that after 5 years of not driving, and 3 years of being expired, Jordan and I managed to renew our driver's licenses. Neither of us has yet braved actually driving...


Summertime classic at the Dairy Queen. I may have already gone twice...

That's a little of what we've been up to. What have you been doing with the summer?


Recent Comments

Josie Wagner
Josie Wagner Wed, 07/03/2013 - 10:22

It's so nice to see how happy you all are :)

Carla Cooper
Carla Cooper Mon, 07/01/2013 - 11:38

Wish I'd known you were in MN! I would have loved to meet you in person. Glad you had a good and safe trip!

Candi Stears
Candi Stears Sat, 06/29/2013 - 12:48

Welcome back!!!!! God bless the USA! I love seeing all of your travels and all the places you've been. I have never been out of the USA, so I live vicariously through those who travel abroad!!! :)

Sunny Faith Rush
Sunny Faith Rush Sat, 06/29/2013 - 08:47

You look so happy - I know that you will miss much of your former home - but you will love all of the fun things here, as well. I laughed at the photo of the kitty with the time-out. I tried to adopt some wild kitty's last month, and can identify with the calming effect of swaddling the furball.

peggy aplSEEDS
peggy aplSEEDS Wed, 06/26/2013 - 20:21

great pics, Marisa! i'm curious about the cat time-out, maybe i should google that!

Meg Bertapelle
Meg Bertapelle Wed, 06/26/2013 - 09:19

totally fun! :) welcome back!!!

Judy Salerno
Judy Salerno Tue, 06/25/2013 - 19:56

Love the pics. Looks like you are enjoying, especially the trees.

Janet Scott
Janet Scott Mon, 06/24/2013 - 19:37

Welcome back to the states...and especially MN. If only we had nicer weather for your homecoming! Then again, who knows with weather around here (as you know) it may be nice within the next couple of minutes. You just never know! :)

Dawn Evans
Dawn Evans Mon, 06/24/2013 - 07:04

Glad you're home safe and sound and glad you had some good English weather - it has turned to rain here now!!! Have fun.

Cynthia Arnett
Cynthia Arnett Sun, 06/23/2013 - 19:38

Happy to know the both of you made it back safely. It looks like the both of you are having tons of fun getting to know home again.
We have not been traveling very much as we are in process of selling our home and hunting for another. Will you and Jordan be house hunting? Welcome Home.

Lana Fischer
Lana Fischer Sun, 06/23/2013 - 04:11

Welcome back and sounds like you both are having a wonderful time with all your family!

Marie Ann
Marie Ann Sat, 06/22/2013 - 20:04

Welcome back to Mn ... in other words, welcome to a very cool and wet Mn with lots of those pesky mosquitoes. This year, we are having a bumper crop of all three! Cool weather, wet weather, pesky mosquitoes.

Janet Hull
Janet Hull Sat, 06/22/2013 - 18:16

Glad you got back to the good ole USA safely! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time...nothing like family!

Emily Silverman
Emily Silverman Sat, 06/22/2013 - 17:33

Let' hope the rain stays away for awhile now that you are in the state! Looks like you are making the most of it!

Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser Sat, 06/22/2013 - 08:14

You look like your having a blast!My summer has not been exciting. Florida is miserable in the summer time. Spending it at the beach and pool thats about it.

Lórien Rezende
Lórien Rezende Sat, 06/22/2013 - 07:28

you are so beautiful in those pictures! It´s so good to know that you´re having fun! Here, still very booring winter...

Cameron Yates
Cameron Yates Sat, 06/22/2013 - 06:48

My driver's license expired while we were living in Italy, and when we moved to Virginia I had to take the entire test again... including the driving portion! I was terrified that I'd flunk, LOL... how embarrassing that would be! Welcome back to the States!

Lizzy Ann
Lizzy Ann Sat, 06/22/2013 - 06:34

Awww...You guys are so cute!

Vanessa Deneen
Vanessa Deneen Fri, 06/21/2013 - 19:07

I'm glad that you are enjoying being back in the states. =]

Mersija (Mer-see-ya) Simon
Mersija (Mer-see-ya) Simon Fri, 06/21/2013 - 18:14

You guys look great,glad your enjoying yourselves.Great tan!!

Lizanne Killian
Lizanne Killian Fri, 06/21/2013 - 17:41

Forgot to mention - I am listening right now to that tune by Lucius that you clued us all into several weeks ago... Thanks so much - I had never heard of her before & I love her music!

Lizanne Killian
Lizanne Killian Fri, 06/21/2013 - 17:40

You & Jordan look so happy & relaxed! I'm glad things are going well. =) And I love your hair down - it looks very pretty, Marisa!