Thursday, August 22, 2013

Where has IndianaAnna been all month?

I am back after 3 weeks of vacation and traveling, followed by a busy few days getting my boys ready for school and celebrating the youngest's 7th birthday.  Did anyone miss me?  We had a wonderful time on our travels, but it sure is nice to be home and sleeping in our own bed.

Here's a few photos showing what we've been up to for the last month.

  • Week 1 of vacation, the boys and I went camping with my parents at Gooseberry Falls State Park on the shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota (while Rob was a medicinal chemistry workshop at the University of Minnesota).  
  • Week 2 of vacation, we visited family in Minnesota.  Both Rob and I are from Minnesota and all of our immediate family members still live there. 
  • Week 3 of vacation, Andrew stayed with my parents for "Camp Grandpa and Grandma" while Rob, Robby, and I flew to Reno where we rented a car and drove to Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  The next day, we drove to Berkely to visit Rob's advisor from his post-doc days followed by a stop at the Jelly Belly factory.  Then, we were in Davis, CA for a couple days so Rob could attend and speak at a celebration in honor of his graduate advisor.  We finished up the trip with a day at Lake Tahoe.  

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Robby on the shore of Lake Superior
Exploring the tide pools at Gooseberry Falls State Park
Andrew in Gooseberry Falls 
Chilling our feet in the cold water of Gooseberry River

Swimming in the mouth of Gooseberry River, where it drains to Lake Superior 
Making banana boats for dessert while camping 

Family Time
A little pellet gun action in the morning on the Sammelson family sheep farm
How many cousins can you stuff onto a loveseat?
Fishing with cousins

Cousins checking out a caterpillar
40th anniversary party for Anna's parents

Not too nauseous after a morning of mountain driving.  We made it to the top!

"Mother and Son" giant sequoia trees

Sitting on the "Big Stump"

Learning about how new compounds are tested on flies at UC Berkeley

Private wine and chocolate tasting at Jelly Belly

Robby waiting for Daddy's talk to begin

Robby and I didn't understand much of this talk!
People in California have cool things like pizza ovens in their backyards
Too much party
At Lake Tahoe, we were all taking a lot of photos.  Its even prettier than I remembered!

Birthday brownies to celebrate Andrew's 7th.  (Recipe from

First day of school - 1st and 5th grades

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