Minnesota Recap

30 Sep

Keith and I were both born and raised in Minnesota.  All our of family and friends still live back there except for Keith’s parents, who live in Montana.  We were averaging about 2-3 trips back every year, but after our wedding (8/28/10), we decided to take a break from traveling for a while.  We had visited Minnesota five times in less than a year and had taken other trips as well and were frankly just sick of traveling (FYI- I hate to fly).  We knew we had a wedding to go to in September, so we waited to visit MN until the weekend of the wedding, so we could combine two trips into one.  We had such a great trip and are both really sad it is over so soon.  Between the wedding, shopping for the baby girl and visiting both of our families, the trip flew by.  I’m already excited to go back again and I can’t believe that the next time I’m in MN, I will be a mother! 


Our trip started with a huge shopping spree.  I think we shopped about 7 hours that first full day we were there.  Nothing against where we live, but we seriously have zero good stores to shop at, especially when buying for a baby (we live in a retirement community).  I not only bought clothes for the little one, but also got spoiled by my mom with maternity clothes!  Thanks Mom!!! : )

About to head out shopping!!!


That night was spent at my sisters hanging out, eating dinner and spending time with my niece.


The following day, Keith and I braved the malls once again and shopped for about 4 hours.  Once again, I went back to my parents house with bags of clothes for the baby!

Friday night, we met up with Keith’s dad, brother and his wife for dinner at a new restaurant called Boulevard.  I had the organic Scottish salmon over butternut squash risotto.  It was so good!  I could eat it all over again as I sit here and type out this post!

About to head out to dinner!  My dad being goofy!



We did our usually morning routine, drink coffee with my Dad, workout, eat breakfast and shower by noon.  I don’t know why, but we can never get our act together until around 1pm while in Minnesota!  After we were ready, we headed to my favorite restaurant, Redstone and split the fondue as a snack while waiting for my friend Brooke to meet us there to head to the wedding.

Jerk Chicken Fondue-  Spicy, grilled, jerk-marinated chicken, sourdough croutons, apples, red grapes and smoked gouda fondue


The rest of the day was spent celebrating Britt and Joe’s beautiful day!  Keith and I both had so much fun!  By 11pm, I was exhausted and not feeling the best, so we snuck out of the wedding to head home to bed!

First dance! Check out her beautiful dress!  This is one of 3 pics I took at the wedding and the other two didn’t turn out.



Sunday, we got up bright and early and headed to the Vikings game.  Keith’s parents surprised us with second row tickets.  We had a blast!  By the end of the game, everyone was pretty wiped, so Keith and I headed back to my parents house to just take it easy and relax.

Sporting my new Vikings sweatshirt and if you look closely, you’ll see the bump!


Percy and AP, my two favorite players!

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Monday was spent doing our morning MN ritual and then heading out shopping just a little bit.  I may or may not have bought the baby even more adorable items! 🙂

Monday night, we went to dinner at Redstone with my family, including my sister, niece and her boyfriend.  We all had so much fun!  We hadn’t planned on getting together, and threw plans together at the last minute and I’m so happy we did.  I ordered the fiesta pasta, it was a special that had onion, chicken, spinach noodles, bell peppers all in a Mexican creamy tequila sauce!  It. Was. So. Good!

We really need a new camera! ASAP!!!

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We also had jumbo shrimp and flatbread as table appetizers before our meals came and the table split Banana Cream Pie- Toasted nut crust, banana custard, fresh bananas and whipped cream.

Buffalo Jumbo Shrimp-  Buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing


Tuesday, we did our morning MN ritual again but instead of hitting the gym, we got sidetracked with some more shopping.  By the time we were done, it was almost noon and we still hadn’t ate anything.  So we decided to skip the workout and eat lunch.  We actually ate lunch at The General Store, a place I had been browsing at.  I found a few cute holiday items!

Keith at lunch.  He ordered a lot and eat every last bite!  I took a pic because I couldn’t believe how much food he ordered!


We finished the day by meeting up with Keith’s parents, brother and sister in law at BLVD again.  This time I ordered a cheeseburger.  My body must have been craving iron! 🙂


Sadly, it was time to pack up and head back to Arizona.  😦

The trip went by way to quickly and I can’t wait for family to come visit us out in Arizona soon!  Although I miss MN like crazy, it felt good once we were finally home and reunited with out little man!



      • What is your favorite thing to do when visiting your family?
      • What is your favorite appetizer to order while dining out?
      • What do you miss most when you are traveling?





16 Responses to “Minnesota Recap”

  1. kbwood September 30, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    you are SO BEAUTIFUL! beautiful, beautiful couple! looks like yall had so much fun!!! my fav app is usually ahi tuna! 🙂

  2. Tiff September 30, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Pretty pics! I love it when shipping with my mom turns into spoiled by my mom. 🙂 I enjoy eating out, catching up, and drinking good wine whenever I go visit the fam.

  3. Shanna, like Banana September 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Aww girl, you look great! Man if I was more than a few weeks ahead of you, I’d give you all my maternity clothes! But I’m glad your Mom spoiled you. My Dad just bought some stuff for baby 😉 Lucky us!

    Happy Friday!

  4. Heather September 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Man, you are so pretty!! I’m jealous of your hair. Sounds like a LOT of shopping. You should post some pics of the cute baby stuff you got! My favorite thing to do when visiting family in Boston is go apple picking with my nieces and nephews. Favorite appetizer is hummus with warm pita bread. And I miss my bed the most when I travel!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 1, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      I will post pics once all the baby stuff arrives! I can’t wait to open up the boxes and sort through everything we bought!

  5. Shayla @ The Good Life September 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    You are so gorgeous!! Love all the pics 🙂

    My fav all time appetizer to order is spinach and artichoke dip…I know it’s not the healthiest option, but it’s just so darn good, I always have to get it if it’s available.

    And I’m with you on needing a new camera, mine is such a pain to work with!

  6. Lisa October 2, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    I have a lot of family in Minnesota! Mainly way up North in Bagley. I went there for a family reunion a couple summers ago. It’s sooo different from Boston with all the wide open land. and Mall of America is cool too! But it seemed like the people there are so over that place haha. But i’m glad you guys had a fun ans safe trip!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 3, 2011 at 6:12 am #

      I probably wouldn’t go to MOA on a regular basis. We just really needed to go to Bloomingdales and Nordstroms! : ) There are way too many people for my liking!

  7. Paige @ Running Around Normal October 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Hi Krjisten! I am a personal trainer too, and just found your blog!:)
    Sounds like a very fun weekend. I’ve never been to MOA.

  8. loftyappetite October 3, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Now that you are stocking up, you should post more maternity outfit pics please 😉 you are so stinkin cute in that camel top!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 3, 2011 at 6:43 am #

      I will post more outfit pics! We should get all our purchases shipped to us by Wednesday and once they arrive, I can show off my new clothes! : )

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