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I just realized that I never wrote about our trip to Minnesota or why we were there. It was a great trip.
M, Jacob and I left Friday morning and drove to Minneapolis for a reunion with our Ethiopia travel group. Most of the families that travelled with me to Ehiopia attended and we were able to reunite the kids. These kids lived at the care center with Jacob and came home at the same time. It was wonderful to see how happy and healthy all of the kids were.
We arrived Friday afternoon and took some time to go swimming in the hotel pool while we waited for another family to arrive. Jacob jumped right in and began swimming. M was a little more nervous and didn't want to get in the deep water. My dad arrived at the pool and let M walk around the side of the pool and play on the steps. M enjoyed it but is definitely still very nervous in the pool. We are going to be swimming quite a bit this summer so hopefully he will feel more comfortable in deep water soon.
Saturday morning we went to the Como zoo where we met up with the other families that were able to come. The kids had a great time playing together. Most of the pictures below are from there. After the zoo, we headed over to a nearby playground where the kids could just run and play. It was about this time that M was obviously overtired and couldn't really enjoy himself. I took him for a short walk in the stroller and he fell asleep within minutes. He took about a 40 minute nap which was enough to get him through the rest of the day.
Dinner was at Fasika's. We enjoyed eating the Ethiopian food. I am always amazed watching Jacob eat injera. He asks for it everytime we eat Ethiopian and really enjoys it. Quite a change from when he was described as a picky eater in Ethiopia because he wouldn't eat injera. I guess the taste grew on him as well as me.
Sunday morning Jacob and M played with a few of the kids before we headed off to Mall of America. I was hoping to meet up with one of the families there but it didn't work out. Jacob, M and I had fun shopping at the Disney store and buying a couple toys as well as some new shirts. Jacob loves Mickey Mouse but it can be hard to find Mickey t-shirts here.
We got back home Sunday evening in time to see Uncle Chuck and have dinner with Grandma and Grandpa. Then it was home and to bed. We were exhausted but had a really great time. There is talk of getting together again next year and I hope we are able to.