July 26, 2011

Visits to MN

The hardest part about moving back to Minnesota from Arizona was leaving our friends there. Luckily, we have a couple of friends who visit Minnesota at least once a year thanks to having family that lives out here.

Janice was the first friend that I made when I moved to Arizona back in 2000. We became fast friends and even though we don't talk as often as I'd like (we both have two kids.....phone conversations are rarities for both of us!) we always pick up where we left off when we do talk or see each other. She is absolutely the sweetest person I know. She was out here visiting family a couple of weeks ago, so we met her, her kids A and J, her sister-in-law K, and K's kids L and G at the Mall of America for rides and lunch.

L and Audia

Audia, A, and L


The girls

Chris met Brian when Chris first moved to AZ in 1998. Chris lived with Brian for a while when Chris and I were first dating, and I spent a lot of Wednesday nights bowling and drinking with them and a bunch of other friends back in 'the good old days.' Brian married Sarah, who has family that lives about 15 minutes from Chris' family's cottage in Wisconsin. We went up to the cottage this past weekend and met up with Brian, Sarah, and their two girls E and S.
S, Audia, and E
E and Audia hit it off pretty quickly :-)

Ice Cream!
It is so fun to be able to see some of our AZ friends at least once a year, and to watch the kids grow up!