Cha-Ching! Mall of America

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Lebanon Hills Regional Park campground

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another rough night!. There were horrible thunderstorms. Everyone seemed to sleep through them except me,who was sitting up looking out the window, afraid I would see a funnel cloud roaring at us! Thankfully there were no tornados but I was so nervous and those of you who know me, know I am not one to panic.
Well we took some time to enjoy the nice campground we were at this morning. They had a nice pool and this cool thing called a jumping pillow(see photo). I never saw one before. The kids loved it, especially Jenna, who practiced some tumbling on it. Rob and I took care of some housekeeping as well( ie. laundry, checking oil, etc). 
We were on the road by noon. We made a stop at a local store to purchase some of Wisconsin's famous cheese ( mostly because Robbie was driving us a bit bonkers asking for cheese).It was only a couple of hours to the Mall of America. So we were all happy not to have a long tavel day. There were a lot of scary clouds on our journey today but not much rain.
The Mall is amazing. It seems to go on forever. There is a large amusement park in the center complete with a loop coaster( Cara can't wait for that). We decided to shop today and ride tomorrow.The mall is so large that some chains have more than 1 store for example, there are 2 American Eagles and the girls found them both,but just shopped at one. There are 2 food courts
and numerous sit down restaurants. There is an American Girl Store but we are too old for it now (bittersweet). There is also a Lego play area and store. Robbie was soooo excited and left happy with his purchases. Rob got a massage in a machine that resmbled an MRI.
There is an attraction called Magic Quest(we played this before at a Great Wolf Lodge). Robbie was occupied with that for 90 minutes so it gave me time to shop with the girls. Its amazing how frugal they are when spending their own money as opposed to mine!
The campground is a county park and is surprisingly nice.  We will probably do some exploring around here tomorrow evening. Lord knows my legs and my wallet can't take another full day of shopping.   
Not as excitng as previous days but a welcome rest from the chaos!       
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Kiki on

Hey guys!! Your trip sounds amazing, your stories are priceless, we love to read them. The girls have been tracking every destination and coloring their maps as you visit each state. They look forward to your next destination. The pictures are great. It sounds like a great vacation. The girls recieved Cara's postcard and they were SOOOOO excited, thanks Care Bear. Keep the posts comin!! Hello to all. Love ya~



Uncle Ray on

It sounds the family are having fun.
Interesting that you call your GPS "Lola".
I call mine "Lily".
It must be something in the water.
Enjoy, Ray

Gramgerry & Papa on

Well, it was nice to talk to all of you last night. I hope you have a good night tonight. I think you need a good night's sleep. I know the girl's had a blast SHOPPING! I for sure would of had to get a scooter to go to that mall! Stay safe, I miss you all.

Anne on

Awesome cloud picture! And the Mall of America-way cool. I cannot believe there is a roller coaster in mall.

Vig on

I love all the pictures Ade...and you are doing such a good job journaling everything! I feel like I am there with you guys. So Shaun is thinking you guys will need another cruise to relax from your trip. I am thinking that's a big shocker!! Glad you're having fun, we miss you guys!

kaleigh on

I wish i was @ the mall of America 2, so lucky Jenna!!!!!!!!

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