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  1. kmkat says:

    Mama and Auntie of All Time are definitely sisters. I could pick you two out of a crowd. You are both very brave to take two children to the MoA. (I do not like that place.)

  2. phd in yogurtry says:

    Really cool to see you and your sister's likeness. And it's so great to have all the cousins together. The swim park is just icing on an excellent cake! (You deserve a big break after packing up that kitchen — whoah, that's a lot of work!)

  3. ArtSparker says:

    Thanks for the tour…We've heard of Mall of America out here in the sticks, it is some sort of shopping equivalent of Mount rushmore evidently. If only Hitchcock were still alive, imagine what he could have done with it as a setting…

  4. Shania says:

    LOVE the spam shirt!

  5. geewits says:

    Geez, are you guys twins? It all sounds like stuff I would have really hated but probably would have done when my daughter was young. They have no idea what we go through for them, do they?

  6. chelle says:

    That was all in a MALL? Wow you Americans sure know how to build em'!

    Looks like a fabulous visit! Good luck with the renos!

  7. Jazz says:

    Well, at least you got to spend two days at the mall. When they remodeled our place they did the kitchen, the bathroom, the floors all over the apartment, took down the burlap and plaster walls and put up drywall instead – while we were living there. It was hell and then some. I dealt with it much better than Mr. Jazz until the final day, when the sink arrived and it was finally over.

    He came to pick me up at work and said, "um, problem, the sink was broken" at which point I promptly had a metltdown. At which point, taken aback he told me it was a joke. At which point I didn't speak to him for two days.

  8. Jeni says:

    Ah, the Auntie and Mama of all time, huh? I can buy that reasoning.
    I laughed out loud, kind of shocked my daughter when I did that so I had to tell her it was over reading your line, "Suck with sprinkles on top! -which she definitely loved as much as I did. I didn't however tell her what the line was in reference to as when that stuff happened here, she was old enough to remember it but not old enough to really realize what a pain in the dupa it was to have your kitchen and dining areas remodeled simultaneously while you are still residing in the house! We lived out of boxes and bags and even drawers from some of the old cupboards strategically (yeah, believe that one there's a bridge someplace)scattered throughout the downstairs with all the supplies or most anyway, that I needed to try to prepare nutritious, as well as delicious (another joke) meals on a daily basis for the family. So any kind of remodeling is a pain for sure, but a kitchen -most certainly does suck with sprinkles on top. Big Time!

  9. Pearl says:

    I'll be there next week. 🙂 Hope you left ME some worthless crap to buy!!


  10. Chantal says:

    That place sounds like a credit card company's heaven.

  11. Minnesota Matron says:

    Hey – you were in the Matron's neck of the Nordic frolic. Glad you survived the water park. Hope kitchen remodeling goes so well.. . you might be under more than floorboards!

  12. KarraCrow says:

    as an occasional reader and a 28 year old white woman, i hope my authority is enough to vouch for the fact that it is a (color-incorrect) boba fett. 🙂

    and i second all those other commenters giving kudos for bravery — you couldn't get me into a mall that big with a stick!

  13. flutter says:

    I'm sorry, I was lost in the sparkling glory of that mall, all of my smart comment just went away…

  14. actonbell says:

    "end result will be at least 32 kids in EVERY classroom…" our governor is trying to drastically reduce the number of school districts, and no one is even saying that it's in the best interest of the kids. Crazy times.

    Ah, I hope Kitchen Remodeling goes fast–as I say, this is suck.

    BUT the Mall of America and the park look like so much fun!

  15. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    They were just building the Mall of America when I left Minnesota so I've never been there. It sounds utterly grotesque in unimaginable ways, like being held down and forced to eat an entire wedding cake by oneself.

    Best of all, it got you out of your condemned kitchen for two days. I think Auntie definitely wins the title, but I suppose I'd have to ask the incredibly lucky upper middle class Nordic children to be sure.

  16. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    "Her brain forever altered by the Legos and floats and stuffed animals, Jocelyn found herself compelled to smash all symbols of rampant consumerism."

    Ha! Good luck with that. Oh, and just think of the fine, fine family memories you'll always have the mall. Even scarier? I know people who have gone there for their vacation — again and again.

    Enjoyed it.

  17. Karen MEG says:

    Wow, that place looks awesome… well, maybe not so much for Aunties and Moms, but kids look glassy-eyed with fun overload!

    And wow, do you two ever look like sisters!

    My sympathies re: kitchen remodel. We did get to move out for about 6 weeks, which was a good thing as we ripped out our entire main floor flooring … the dust was overwhelming. But the kitchen we got was more than worth it.

    Good luck!

  18. Voyager says:

    Please please can I go to the Mall of Americas next time you go? I have the same coloured hair as you, you can pass me off as another sister. I have a secret love of water parks.
    And my house is under reno too. Puuleese?

  19. yinyang says:

    For a minute there I thought Girl had spilled something on her second shirt, but it was just a yellowish castle thing.

    I've never been near the Mall of America, but I did go into a mall once that had a two-story carousel.

  20. Bethany says:

    Will Auntie please be my Auntie? I'm not as cute as your girl, but I do spill on my shirt a lot.

  21. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    To agree with everyone else, yes, you and Auntie look a great deal alike.

    I've never been to Mall of America, although I think it would be interesting to do once. We're hitting LegoLand Deutschland this summer. It's our big thing. That and picking dandelions out of our garden with a Fiskars dandelion picker. I'm not sure which the kids will enjoy more.

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