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Como Zoo by Ann Treacy
September 6, 2009, 2:32 am
Filed under: St Paul

We had a great day with grandma at Como Zoo. The good news is that it was a beautiful day. The bad news is that it was a weekend and everyone and their brother was there. Usually we go to Como on the fakey Catholic holidays when only the girls’ school is out or at least summer weekdays.

The Japanese Garden was open, which was a treat. We hadn’t been in the garden before and there aren’t a ton of places in Como where we haven’t been!

Irish Fair 2009 by Ann Treacy
September 5, 2009, 4:05 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Yes, we really did have to come home from Ireland for the Irish Fair. No, that wasn’t my call.

As a special treat, we brought the Irish weather home with us. It rained the first three days we were home – and during most of the Irish Fair. In fact the fair had to close early on Saturday night because of tornado warnings! (Since then the girls have asked every night if it seems humid – which is code for – do you think there will be a tornado?)

On Friday night Patrick and I saw the Dropkick Murphy’s. That was fun. Lots of stage diving. Not by me, but others. Here’s a video from that show.

We also entertained one of the speakers from the Fair – Ruan O’Donnell (no relation). He’s a scholar who speaks about Northern Ireland – both as a history lesson and current affair. He was really interesting. He clearly has talked to a ton of very involved people and had some great stories. Also I think he made the presentation interesting for the audience since he talked a lot about the impact of Irish Americans on the situation.

Also the girls and I spent a lot of time cruising the Fair. We saw a fun kids play done by our friend Sarah. The girls saw some friends who do Irish Dancing. Here are the pics.

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State Fair Scavenger Hunt by Ann Treacy
September 5, 2009, 2:34 am
Filed under: St Paul

Tomorrow we’re hitting the State Fair with the Lynches. We’re doing our second annual scavenger hunt. Some folks had asked me to share the hunt in advance.

Pictures from Fair Hills Resort by Ann Treacy
September 5, 2009, 1:28 am
Filed under: Detroit Lakes, Uncategorized

Finally here are the pictures. We had a great time. We had tons of swimming. We didn’t have dessert at lunch so we felt like we were really on a health kick.

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Fair Hills Talent Show 2009 by Ann Treacy
September 4, 2009, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Everyone in the family (except me) joined in the Fair Hills Talent show. I’m not really sure where everyone got the courage but they did a great job!!

Fair Hills Hootenanny 2009 by Ann Treacy
September 4, 2009, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Detroit Lakes

Could I be any slower getting the rest of the vacation stuff on the blog? I doubt it but maybe I can catch up quickly today.

One of the fun things they do at Fair Hills is the staff put on a show. I’ve included a sample of the acts below and links to more videos from the show. The girls *love* the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdJ7fZOwM6M – Lily, Aine & Kate with others on stage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fo1i7ZZaWM – Larry & his sister with Wide Mouth Frog



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