It was really good to see my nephews and meet all of their relatives. The nephew that I have guardianship for came over and said "Take me with you!" but he was just joking. He is what I call a 'highest bidder' kid. If I had said he could came back to Arizona and play video games and watch TV all the time he would jump at that in a second. I think he is in a much better place in Minnesota surrounded by family and friends of family. It will be harder now that his grandma is not around. Someone needs to learn to cook and they will need to help out around the house more. Hopefully their aunt and uncle will have an opportunity to be more involved in their lives.
We saw a little bit of St. Paul, mostly when we were lost. the Mississippi is impressive and there are colleges and churches on every corner is seems. St. Mary's cathedral looked just like the cathedrals in Rome.
So fancy! I wonder how long it took to build.
The boys grandmother was the one who arranged for the Pieta statue to come back to the cathedral permanently after it toured the country. It is an exact replica of the one in Rome. The one in Rome has a plexi-glass barrier because someone attacked it with a hammer. I could get much closer to the one at St. Mary's.
One evening we went to my nephew's football game (the older of the two brothers). They lost but it was fun anyway. I rarely go to football games. Some of the visiting relatives were there too. He had 11 family members cheering for him. I wonder if he appreciated it.
Another evening my sister and I had a chance to roam around the Mall of America. I can't believe there are that many stores. We never made it to the fourth floor. We did get quite lost but managed to find our shuttle back to the hotel. I bet we would have lost our rental car in the parking lot if we had driven ourselves.
It was a good trip and I got to hang out with my sister which is a rare occurrence. This trip cost me just under $1,000 for everything. That is less than I expected so I might add $500 on to next month's extra mortgage payment. I'm not sure though because I have more news that affects my finances coming soon and I haven't decided to just use money from savings or to put off my mortgage repayment for another month.