Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ushering summer out...

If summer must go, this was the way to do it.  We ushered summer out with a spontaneous trip to Minneapolis to see the Twins play at the new Target Field.


We actually "Hotwired" out hotel rooms and got great accommodations for under a hundred dollars a night.




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Nolan started waking at 4 am to ask if it was time to leave for the Twin's game which started at 3 pm. We are so on to him. We darkened the room, moved the clock and told him he couldn't go if he asked again. He lasted till 7 which was a bit better time to get up.  These Joe Mauer statues are everywhere downtown.  Uber cool.

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We were lucky to be just blocks away from Target Field.  Of course, we had to be there at 11 if you understand the persistent nature of Nolan, even though the gates wouldn't open until 1 pm.
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Nolan never left his first-in-line spot by the gate.  And he was duly rewarded for it.  One of the ushers noticing our Moorhead Hockey coats talked with us quite a bit.  So when Jim Thome hit a ball out of the field during batting practice,  the usher got it and gave it to Nolan, still waiting at the gate.  His streak of luck continues.  Thome proceeded to hit two home runs during the game.
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Finally inside and Target Field does not disappoint in any way.  No words necessary, the photos say it all.

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If you don't have quite the lucky streak going for you, never fear, super dad has been known to snag a baseball or two.  It was equally as fun to see the joy spread around the seated fans as they realized it was an 8 year old shouting and leaping over getting a ball, as it was to actually see his daddy hand it to him.

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I was 21 when Rick took me to my first Twins game.  And now a "few" plus years later, its like a rite of  passage for our kids to go when they are young.  On reflecting back on the events of the day, Colton duly noted, the only thing missing was Grandpa.  Dad being a huge Twins fan would have taken such delight in knowing his grandsons were there.  In spirit, I am certain he was with us as well.

PS... Madi and Alex, it wasn't the same without you either.  We could not leave without thinking of you and getting you a little something... 

16 comments:

  1. What a great trip! I love spontaneity like that... Your shots are great!!!....

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  2. I'm sure your boys will remember that, how fun!

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  3. What a great post Vicky..
    You could of taken my boy with you and he would felt right a home.. He has played baseball since he was 4 yrs old.. now he is playing football, but he would of been in awe to be there where you were..

    Thanks for stopping by,, and for the sweet comment..
    cya soon..
    be blessed

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  4. Sounds like an action packed day ... with a bonus of beautiful weather.

    In regard to your question: Yes, geese mate for life. That's what makes it so sad when something happens to one of them.

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  5. How exciting! A great way to say goodbye to summer! Love your profile pic!

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  6. I love baseball and so enjoyed your pictures. When listening to a Yankees game when they were playing the Twins in Minneapolis the broadcasters raved about Target Field. So glad you and your family got to experience it first hand. :0)

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  7. That's so cool! My husband wants to take the kids to Atlanta for another game before Bobby Cox retires.

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  8. Thise pictures looked amazing... And I laughed about Nolan. Hopefully all that stubborn persistence will pay off in his future endeavors :)

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  9. Thise pictures looked amazing... And I laughed about Nolan. Hopefully all that stubborn persistence will pay off in his future endeavors :)

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  10. Couldn't help thinking your dad helped arrange this trip. Seems like something he'd love to give you.

    Those photos were divine. The sun-flare...wow.

    love to you my friend. And I think of you and I pray for your journey.
    xo

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  11. You are right the photos tell it all. Looks like a great trip and time together.

    How great that Nolan kept his 1st in line spot and was given the ball by the usher.

    Great Memories!!!

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  12. Well you always do fun things Vicky :)
    I love the shot with the glove.
    :)

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  13. Oh that sounds like such a fun trip. I think you are right, your dad was with you all...in spirit.

    Isn't going to Minneapolis fun?

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  14. Dearest Vicki, What a fabulous way to end the summer!!! You are absolutely the BEST MOM EVER!!!! What a wonderful family you are! I'm all admiration!! And what fantastic photos!!! You are picture perfect!!! And yes, I'm sure your dad knows and smiles!!! Love you!! Janine XO

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  15. All of the pictures are great. I love how you guys have so much fun together. I love that big golden baseball mitt. Very cool!

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  16. Looks like a fun trip! A nice kick off for the boys before school. Glad you were able to score those tickets.

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