Mini Stai Reunion

Sunday, July 11, 2021

We had a great day at the lake (my cousin, Larry and Denice's house) visiting some cousins. My Aunt Carol's two remaining sons made a long road trip from LA and Vegas to Wisconsin for the week. I saw Jerry in September when he came up for Aunt Bev's funeral. I haven't seen Steve in 10 years. It was so nice to reconnect with them. We really need to do this more often. 

Toby and Oreo

Friday, July 9, 2021

I spent the 4th of July weekend and the following week watching Toby and Oreo while Danielle and Company were in Pittsburgh. What was supposed to be a fun trip turned into a funeral. Unfortunately, Bradley's grandpa passed away just before their flight landed on Saturday. So they trip was extended for a couple more days than expected. But Oreo and Toby didn't care. 

Oreo loves attention...

Toby missing his humans

I would not share my breakfast sandwich with him. :)

Oreo "helping" me work

Walked to German Park on Wednesday to see the New Ulm Municipal Band concert

Cool fountain at German Park.

Reba and Finn

Thursday, July 8, 2021

On July 1st we adopted these cuties and named them Reba and Finn. They are 11 month old sisters from Texas. They are so affectionate!

Swirl 2003-2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Its hard to believe less than on week after Malcolm death, we would be mourning Swirl too. Swirl was 18 years old so I always knew this day was coming sooner than later but less than a week after Malcolm (which was a complete shock) is so heartbreaking. The house feels so empty without them. 


Malcolm 2010-2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Malcolm (Melcome) crossed over the rainbow bridge. He has joined my Mom in Heaven. He had breathing issues all week. We rushed him to urgent care Monday night. They thought possibly asthma but when the treatment didn’t work and he got worse today, they think he had cancer. It was a tough day but in the end he is resting in peace. We only had 7 short months but they were fun and stinky. I miss you!

Back to Normal?

Saturday, June 5, 2021

It has been an interesting 3 weeks since I last wrote. 

No Masks!

The CDC said vaccinated people don't have to wear masks anymore or social distance. SAY WHAT? I never thought we would ever shed the masks. I couldn't believe my ears. At first, quite a few stores retained the mask requirement but slow one by one stores started dropping the mask mandate. Minneapolis still required a masked but now, three weeks later, Minneapolis gave up on the mask requirement too. 

Back to Work!

My team decided to actually come into work on May 20th! Granted it was a "Lunch and Leave" day (ie. work the morning, go to lunch and then leave.) We spent the morning organizing the hard copy books that were delivered to our desk back in February. It was nice because we could park in the building. Sadly, we lost that privilege on June 1st so future visits will have to be by bus. :( 

Ameriprise wants us to start easing back into come back in the building. As a team, we picked Tuesdays and are starting on June 15th. And the benefit of Tuesdays is Donut Day. VPs are buying us donuts. Not sure if we will ever go back 100%. It sounds like we will only be coming a few days a week. 

Eric, on the other hand, has to go back 100% on July 6th. :(  Poor guy.    

Back to Band!

We started rehearsing for summer concerts a couple weeks ago. We have to practice outside but we don't need any special masks or silly horn covers and we don't have to social distance. It is awesome to play again. I really missed it. Before the pandemic really hit us, I was starting to get sick of band and was thinking I needed a break. And that was exactly what I needed because I'm back to loving it again.

Back to Soccer!

I have mentioned that we have been back to Twins games for a month now but the Minnesota Loons, professional soccer team, is back too. I'm excited to see some soccer again.  

Back to Life!

Other highlights of the last 3 weeks. 

My irises bloomed!

Caio, Eric and I went kayaking down the Blue Earth River on Memorial Day. Even though Q wanted to go with us, she had to stay home.

I tried running again for Global Running Day.

I really need to get into the groove again but it was 100 degrees today...and we went to pool

Life is looking up!

Mother’s Day 2021

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Anna and I went to Danielle’s for Mother’s Day. We had steak and chicken kabobs on the grill. Anna made me a dandelion crown. And we took Blake’s Jeep to the park...Anna got a short ride...right into my shin.

Caio & Anna's First Twins Game

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Caio and Anna got their first taste of Americana with a Twins baseball game. Since Eric is living in Evansville, Indiana now for work, DJ came up to go with us to the game. I think they had fun. Anna was even willing to go to another game a couple days later with our friends Bill and Alice. 

Minnesota Zoo

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

We celebrated Danielle’s 30th birthday with a trip to the Minnesota Zoo. It was a beautiful day.