We got great news the week before Italy. We were having company!
Tracey came into town for a long weekend on Friday, July 1st.
Delanie and I picked her up from the airport and headed straight to the Mall of America.
Welcome to Minnesota, Sis!! :)
We had a blast! We spent a few hours shopping then headed home.
The next morning, I was scheduled to volunteer at Art2Heart so Tracey went with me.
She loved it! :)
It was perfect timing because that was my first time opening/closing the shop without my trainer.
It was such a great visit! Some much-needed one-on-one time.
That night, we headed out to our favorite restaurant - Malones.
While there, Delanie taught us how to make time-lapse videos.
The weekend was over too quick.
When Monday came, it was time to head back to the airport to say good-bye.
That night.....Garrett, Maci and their dog (Sophie) pulled into the driveway!! :)
Garrett's only food request - as always - was homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Yes sir......coming right up!
What is July 4th without fireworks???
Of course we had to practice our time-lapse videos.....
I'm so glad they brought Sophie! She is such a sweet dog.
She definitely has more energy than Bailey.
I mean, look at that precious face! :)
While the kiddos did all the heavy-lifting with the fireworks, Jim and I sat on the front porch and watched.
My sweet baby boy......man do I love this kid!!
Since Jim and I were leaving the following Saturday, I wasn't able to take off work.
That part really sucked.
To give them something to do, I booked paddle-boards for Wednesday at Lake Minnetonka.
Evidently, my child forgot the sunscreen.
Poor guy was absolutely miserable......but still a good sport.....nothing gets this kid down.
He's got on Jim's shirt in this picture. :)
Before long, it was time to say good-bye again.
I really hate this part!