And of course they got lots of time with their paternal grandparents who we stayed with and lots of visits from their friends in small town Minnesota. The kids even got to visit a working farm, see the pigs and ride the tractors.
But of alas we could not make a trip to the Minneapolis area without a stop to the Mall of America. Now I am not a huge fan of malls and I very seldom buy clothes at them but my son LOVES Legos and biology. So we had a fun-filled day on Saturday before leaving on our evening flight. We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, walked through Underwater World (A underground aquarium at the mall which Discover Channel rated as the best Shark experience), and played with the piles of Legos at Legoland. And I managed to get away with only buying them one souvenir each, a stuffed stingray for Tensae (Which also made a great pillow on the airplane!) and a container of Legos for Ethan at LegoLand. If you ever visit a LegoLand store they have this great thing were the kids can pick out exactly which Lego pieces they need and for a flat price you fill up a round container. And if you put them together and fit them just right (Which takes about three times of filling and then re-organizing since it is not a square container!) you can get a lot of Legos for a very good price. The kids did great on the plane and we were blessed to come home to a extremely green yard and blooming flowers. The grass seemed to enjoy a week with no dogs and tons of rain. In the five years we have lived in CO I can't remember ever a spring with this much rain. According to this website we are not even in a drought this year: http://drought.unl.edu/DM/MONITOR.html And so yes (I say this because we were asked in MN) we do have mosquitoes and even a ditch full of chirping frogs in CO.