Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Skol Vikings

We went to our first Vikings game together a few weeks ago! Adam's dad, Tim, had tickets through work and kindly passed them along to us. Rachel, Kyle and a few of their friends drove from Fargo to join us. We all met up on the University of Minnesota campus on a blistery Sunday afternoon and tried to get into Stub and Herbs bar for a pre-game drink. We severely underestimated how busy campus bars would be on Viking game days, so we defaulted to Applebee's. The game ended up being a blast! We left a few minutes before regulation time ended {beat the crowds} and the game ended up going into overtime with a huge game winning run by the Vikings. Of course... Oh well, still a great afternoon cheering on our Vikes.

TCF Field

Thanksgiving and 24th Birthday

This year, Thanksgiving was spent up north at the Ericksons in Detroit Lakes. It was such a fun and relaxing long weekend. Rachel and Kyle were able to join us for the first few days, before leaving on Friday afternoon for a friends wedding. We ate delicious home cooked food {my favorite was and always will be green bean casserole}, played games, had extended family over and carried on the tradition of making lefse! Friday afternoon Adam, Julie and I went black Friday shopping in downtown Perham. It's such a fun, quaint little town. The same town that Adam and I stayed in the night of our wedding. They had way more shops than I anticipated and all of them were locally owned and unique. One of my favorites was a coffee shop we went to. It was seriously adorable and looked just like a movie set {check out the pictures}. On Saturday after Thanksgiving, Julie and I started decorating their house with Christmas d├ęcor. It was so much fun! Adam assisted with setting up their tree and soon enough, it was as festive as can be. Julie is a interior designer, so it's safe to say everything looked amazing. Another fun part of this weekend was when Adam's uncle Dan {Tim's brother}, gave us an Erickson family heirloom. He gave us this beautiful gold box that has been passed down with the Erickson name for hundreds of years, starting back in Sweden. What an honor. It's surely something we will treasure and pass down again when the time is right.

Adam and Rachel making lefse

Coffee shop seating
Movie set?

24th Birthday
I turned 24 on December 9th. Goodness, I feel old. Of course, I realize I'm not and that comment may invite confused glares from people {because so many people read my blog...}, but it's odd thinking that I'm officially mid-20's. I'm past the stage of going out until wee hours of the morning and have entered the era of wine and movie nights, dinner dates with friends and weeknight routines. I welcome this stage of life with open arms and if we're being honest, I never really cared much for the clubbing scene. I'll chalk that up to terrible dancing skills and a knack for early bedtimes. This year, I celebrated at P.F. Chang's in Maple Grove with my family. It's one of my absolute favorite restaurants. We family styled dinner and had countless plates of noodles, different kinds of meat and rice. I love my family. I especially love that we could all be together, as my sisters husband Nate wasn't out of town with hockey and could join. My parents got me a mixer; a giant seven quart stainless steal mixer that I want to hug at all times. Maybe a slight exaggeration, but I do catch myself gazing at it randomly when I'm in our kitchen. Baking will almost be too easy now. Kitchen appliances are high on my wish-list; another indicator that my mid-twenties are upon me. On my actual birthday, Adam and I enjoyed a date night at Red Stage. It's a fun restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis that puts a unique twist on traditional food. A great night is was!

Dad, Mom, Willa girl, Scotty, Adam, Me, Britt, Emeri and Nate


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I didn't forget about you, November.

Well, November was my official my worst month as far as blogging goes. Sorry, Mom... Here are some of the fun things we did last month!

First, my dad was in an international racquetball tournament a little while ago! I forgot to mention it in the past few posts, but it is definitely noteworthy. He played men from all over the country {even one from a different country!} and did great. It was at the Lifetime in St. Louis Park and we were able to go watch him play in one of the matches. How fun it was watching him play, as my mom and brother were also there cheering him on! He did awesome and I was so glad we were able to see him in action.

Dad {left}

Mom and Scott

Adam and Scott

We had a girls cookie baking day at my parents' house a few Saturdays ago and it was a blast! My Godmother Sarah, her daughter Jenny and Jenny's daughter Brynn joined my mom, Britt, the little girls and myself for cookie fun. We all made different flavors {Melting Moments, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Green Wreaths, Sugar, Andes Mint Chocolate} and had such a great time making, baking, shaping and taste testing them. I think we all ate about half of the lot we were supposed to take home with us. It's so great when we can get together with them. Our family and theirs were like two peas in a pod while we were little. It isn't an exaggeration saying that 75% of our childhood pictures include Jenny and her brother Scott in them. Love them!

Jen, Sarah, Mom, Britt and me

The littlest helpers! Brynn and Willa

I love my parents kitchen.

Sarah, Mom and the grandbabies!

We had a friends Thanksgiving hosted at our friends, the Conroys, home. Our group of dental friends is great. Like, so great. We're pretty darn lucky to have them in our lives. There were about 20 of us and we all brought our favorite dish. Not Thanksgiving cuisine, like we were all going to be having the following weekend, but any favorite dish. We had homemade wild rice soup, walleye fish tacos {our contribution, compliments of Adam's summer fishing trip}, homemade BBQ wings, bacon wrapped weenies, apple and brie tarts...etc. I'm not even touching on the desserts, bars and dips we had. We ate like kings and queens. After dinner we played cards, drank and chatted until the wee hours of the morning. I don't have any pictures from this night, but it looked like we robbed a crock pot store.

Thanksgiving was spent up North this year with the Erickson family! I'll do a separate post on that and other December happenings :) Just wanted to get a blog out with early November happenings before I forgot.


P.S. After my previous blog post, my mom reminded me that I did, in fact, make homemade apple crisp when I was younger. Thank you for the reminder, Mom. I guess I wasn't as neglected as I thought. I will blame it on how much fun we had making Christmas cookies and that those memories stuck out in my mind more ;)