A Gloomy Day in Minneapolis

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I have a lot of catching up to do as Hello Hydrangea has turned into much more than a blog... my baby boy is now 14 months old and we are spending the summer in Minneapolis while Spencer does an internship for his MBA. 

The drive here was 1600+ miles from our sunny Arizona home. We broke it up over 5 days so that Clayton would be okay in the car, and stopped in Nauvoo, Illinois for a visit with Spencer's grandma. Since we only brought one car, Clayton and I get to explore the city by walking everywhere! 

Yesterday was the perfect gloomy day. We are living next to the University of Minnesota (Spencer's not too happy that I'm repping a hat for any other school besides ASU, but hats are essential for my hair in this humidity!)  so we grabbed some snacks and spent the afternoon waiting for the storm to come.

The storm came, alright! Minneapolis rain has the biggest, fattest raindrops! Clayton does NoT like the rain or thunder, so you can see in the last photo that he is looking a little stressed.  

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Its so fun now that he's walking to try and keep up. He loves being outside and watching the light rail go past. He always waves! He can hear the whistle long before I even register what he's pointing at. 

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Now that he's getting more adventurous with walking (he tries to go fast and loves stepping off/over edges) he's getting his share of spills. His little knee has scuffs and scrapes - I'm sure they won't be his last!

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The park was full of people and dogs and musicians and jugglers. It was a great day to be outside, by Minnesota standards... I'm not sure how I took a picture that makes it look this empty! Clayton also loves pushing things.

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😆❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Scrapes on his nose too! And look at all of those teeth! Bouncing up and down on my stomach and cackling like it was the funniest thing in the world. Oh, and the drool! ALWAYS the drool. 

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We were running home in the rain... but he takes his job of pushing the crossing button very seriously. We usually walk between his naps everyday from 11-2. Then, when Spencer gets home, they will go on a run, or we will all go out and walk around again! It's been over 2 weeks since we arrived and each time we take a different path... there is lots to see and do and we are having a great time!