Minnesota spring break 2011

This year was a bit different: we ventured to Minnesota with the Bumsted’s while Daddy stayed at home.  The ride up was a bit rocky (Charlie wasn’t really happy around hour 2.5 of the 3.5 hour car ride!), but once there, we had a blast!  We jumped on the beds, went swimming, ate great food, laughed true belly-laughs, rode rides all day long, and saw the fish at the aquarium.  It was awesome, and I’m glad we got to go with our buddies!

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I really think Carter believes we can only “go swimming” in Minnesota!  She’s getting so brave – she jumped into the pool from the side without any help!

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Charlie really thought swimming was tops, too!

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After the 3.5 hour car ride and swimming, these guys were NOT ready to call it quits for bedtime!

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Wednesday morning, we’re ready to GO, GO, GO at the ride-rides!

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Smile, Meatball!

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Up first: Carousel

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Charlie REALLY liked his ostrich!

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Grant wanted to ride the “big ride,” so of course, Carter wanted to ride it too (it’s like the Shooting Star at Adventure Land).  Until we got up close.  Then it was “really big!”  But she rode it and only mildly hated it!

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Grant, Collin and Carter, checking out the wonderful world of the ride-rides

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CARTER GOT TO MEET SPONGEBOB!!!  It was epic!

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The sting rays were very cool!  Charlie showed his excitement in the form of the Chalupa-tongue!

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Carter liked the jelly fish and star fish, that she got to touch

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The Crew, checking out the coral reef

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F I S H  are  C O O L !

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My little fishies

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Dude, ready to ride the Swiper ride with Mama

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Carter and Grant, close on our tails!

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Cheeser, eating her orange at dinner
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The Crew: Collin, Kelsey, Nora, Grant, Carter, me and Charlie
5 tired kiddos and 2 exhausted adults, but totally worth it!