Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Over the Weekend

Last weekend, Colin and I travelled to Spring Valley to stay with my parents for the weekend. It is a little bit over a 3 hour drive. We were visiting because it was the weekend of my brother's fiance's wedding shower and bachelorette party, and my brother's bachelor party. They are getting married next month: October 27th. Colin is a groomsman and I am a bridesmaid.
Saturday morning was the wedding shower. After that, a bunch of us ladies headed out for the bachelorette party. We went to Chateau St. Croix Winery. We participated in wine tasting, along with cheeses and crackers. Then we took a tour of the winery. I found it interesting learning about how the winery came to be, and how wine is made.

The bride (in white) and her bridesmaids posing by dozens of oak barrels that held aging wine:

I am the back left girl. :)
Then we had dinner at a restaurant on a lake. It was a beautiful view.
The boys went four-wheeling all afternoon. Then we all met up later that night for a bonfire at my brother's house.
The next day, Colin and I went to Como Zoo in Minnesota with my parents. It was a lot of fun! Zoo visits twice in one month = a fantastic month for me!
We stopped at the gift shop at the zoo before we left to go home, and I have some amazing Christmas presents to unwrap in three months from my parents! There was an area of the gift shop that had products made in Africa! Being that I am a music therapist, they bought for me a variety of African-made instruments. After I open them on Christmas, I will have to post a photo. I am so excited to incorporate them into my sessions, and use them with my child/ren!
Colin bought Baby Mumford her first stuffed animal: a giraffe.
What are your plans for this coming weekend? 


  1. A road trip to Southampton to meet my friend's new son! Very excited, although also a teensy bit jealous of your zoo trips ; )

  2. Jess,

    I wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up with the Christian Adoption Link Up. I pray that you'll find encouragement there! Please know that I'm praying for you all as you continue this journey!


  3. Love the shower theme! And the instruments you found at the zoo! ;-)
    Like your last weekend, we are making the drive to see our parents ... It is 2 hours to see hubby's parents and then 1 more hour to see mine. They are both "on the same loop" so every time we travel north, we hit them both. Makes for a long, fun weekend!

  4. Hey Jess,
    Wanted to say hi! Our adoption process is progressing, though as we're in the waiting stage we don't know much of what's going on. We have a pooh bear themed room for our future boy and my sister in law gave us a big and cute Eeyore to add to our crib friend,Pooh bear. That's cool you got a giraffe toy ;) Exciting to see how much you guys have raised so far! One of my joys of going through the adoption progress is getting to see how God works. We have people who love us and definitely a God who loves us. I enjoy seeing the story unfold of like how the money is coming in, as well as the lives we touch and the lives that touch us!
    Keep strong and God bless,
    Jasmine Martin