08 August 2009

I'm going home~

It is funny because, while I feel like the only place in the world for me is inside these four wonderful walls, Minnesota still feels like home, or at least the home of who I am.  I don't get back nearly enough, and when I do, it feels like it is such a whirlwind of activity and attempting to get all of the visits in that I can.  

~ah, the 80s...

This year I am heading back for me 20 year high school reunion.  #2 and I leave for the airport first thing in the morning.  I am really looking forward to traveling with him, as we have never done so - just the two of us - before.  We are spending our first three days with my dad, in the small town he lives in, just off the Mississippi River on the Minnesota side.  I will then be leaving him there with my dad, and driving south-west, to visit friends who are incredibly dear to me - friends that I have known since elementary school.  After two days with them, I will be heading north, to Minneapolis, where I will be staying for two nights with one of my very dearest friends (we have known each other since first grade!) and going to the reunion with her. 

Along the way, I am hoping to meander through back roads, past farms and pastures, in search of rustic barns, weather beaten fences, lazy river beds.  I will of course be traveling with Francis, and you know that she and I will be stopping as many times as necessary, shooting as much as possible!

I am also going to what promises to be one HUGE vintage sale.  The fabulous Jill of Forever Cottage will hopefully be meeting me in Oronoco, Minnesota and I will definitely take all sorts of photos there!

I will be bringing my laptop along, but am not sure if I will be posting.  Have a fabulous, wonderful week and I look forward to sharing all of my photos and stories when I return!



Maison Douce said...

Have a safe trip, Kim!! I know how much I crave going home, too... Wonderful to see you this weekend! Big hug!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh I am sure you will have a wonderful time. The pics look so much fun, what great memories. I know what you mean by going home. Although my family home no longer stands, it does in my memories. Have fun x Julie

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh that all sounds such fabulous fun. Have a totally wonderful and happy time.

Look forward to the photo's :)

The Little Red Shop said...

What fun! I'm soo looking forward to hearing about your trip! Minnesota is my second home...my daddy was from Edina and my precious Auntie Georgia and Cousin Sonjia still live in MN...down south. : )

Happy trails...have a wonderful time at your reunion!
Julie M.

Queen B. said...

oh my gosh, what a sweet post.
i can't wait to see pics !!

paige said...

have a wonderful trip kim!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

love the pics- everyone seems so happy and carefree- have a great time!

Valerie said...

As a child of the 70s and teenager of the 80s I truly appreciated your photo!

Have a wonderful time on your return trip "home"! St. Louis is that way for me. While I have lived in Kansas City for over 18 years, and love the life that my husband and I have built for our 2 little ones, a part of me still considers STL "home".

BTW...my father-in-law is from the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, but my kiddos great-grandparents have long resided on the Minnesota side. They are currently in Prairie Du Chien. I just can't believe the beauty of that part of the Mississippi...so different from the Mississippi of StL or the deep south!

Have a wonderful trip and reunion!


Kimberly said...

Have fun! I just saw on the news this morning that the 80's are back in style!!
xxx kim

Nora Johnson said...


Came across yr fabulous posts on Dustjacket's lovely blog & loved them so much just had to become a follower!

Hope you have a really wonderful and happy trip (some years back my husband used to work in Minneapolis- loved the people there) & I'm certain you'll have many terrific pics to show!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend too,

btw little surprise for you on my post tomorrow (Monday)!!

Lori said...

Have a wonderful trip Kim and I know you will have a good one ~ reconnecting with old friends is like putting on an old pair of slippers ~ just comfortable. Francis will be a very good traveling companion and I cannot wait for all her stories and yours too upon your return. Have a blast!

NicNacManiac said...

Have the best time ever!! Going home is always wonderful and I know because you are going to see true friends that your time will be terrific!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

So you're coming to my neck of the woods. Hope we have beautiful weather for you while you're here.

Have a safe trip:)

Cottage Lifestyle said...

I will be in Oronoco on the 15th. Hope to see you there. I don't know if I will stay until Junkologie Blog party which is from 3 -5. Also, depending on how long you are going to be in Minneapolis...stop by Hunt and Gather...it is at the corner of Xerxes and 50th (just 6 blocks from my house - I am in Linden Hills). If you get to Hopkins stop at LeAnntiques on Main Street.

Cottage Lifestyle

Florence said...

Enjoy your reunion, you are going to have so much fun. It is the best when you connect with old friends from high school. A month ago I connected with my best friend from high school and it was like we had never been absent from each other. I have been out of school 40 years now. Treasure each moment.

vicki archer said...

SAfe travels and enjoy the trip and the reunion with all your pals....xv

Kasey said...

make sure to call me.

Jill said...


I am going to be in Oronoco bright and early on Friday morning, I suggest getting your Starbucks in Mpls - I don't think you will find any in good ole Oronoco! After such a cool summer - the humidity has arrived right in time for your visit! Hopefully Friday won't be too bad.... I look forward to seeing you!

A Thing for Roses said...

So much getting to spend time with you this weekend! Thank you so much for inviting us into your lovely home. It really is fabulous and so, so you! I feel incredibly lucky to have met you and to now call you my friend. Have a wonderful time at your reunion with your friends and family. Looking forward to seeing pics and hearing all about it.



Alicia said...

Have a blast Kim!!!
Hopefully it won't be too humid & the sale sounds divine.
Safe travels.

Nora Johnson said...

Just stopped by to say I had intended leaving a little something for you in my post today! But my interview with myself (please don’t ask me to explain!!) has OVERRUN (just too much to talk about & I'm too much of a motormouth!!) but WILL be completed this Thursday! Thanks for your patience and I hope you’ll be able to join me again on Thursday as well as today!!

Love your site!

Have a wonderful day & see you again soon!


la fille vanille said...

Have a great & fun trip :-) xo

Elise said...

Hi, just wanted to stop by to say how much I've enjoyed your posts. Thank you !

Philigry said...

oat is going to be so much fun! have a great time, and take lots of pictures.

Linda said...

Safe travels Kim and enjoy your trip! Was fun to meet you in person again on Sat. night, wasn't it fun!
I always enjoy your photography and the fun things you do.
Hugs, Linda Q

Jeanneoli said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. Have fun and be safe! I look forward to seeing all your photos.

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Tamara Jansen said...

I see you have been dipping into your old photos. What fun to look back and now get the chance to visit with old friends.

Have fun!

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Hello from SW WA! Are you going to be away for the Barn House sale this weekend? I was hoping to meet you in person. Have a great time at your 20th...at mine this month I felt so bizarre..total time warp! Very entertaining.
Travel safely :)