Like a kid in the Candy Store

Last week I hit my eighth month here. Summer is officially over and autumn/fall has crept its way into this year. The wind is colder, the leaves are turning, and you can buy everything with pumpkin flavour. This Sunday I had a couple of eye opening experiences. Paired with our usual plans, I will sum up our 4-C Sunday.

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From the right: Maria, Marisel and Me 🙂

First C – Church: As for usual, Marisel and I go to church together. We attend River Valley Church in Woodbury and we absolutely love it. At the moment we are in a series called Family30, which talks about God’s purpose for family. Lead Pastor Rob is talking about mended, blended and extended family. You can listen to the sermons online here. Usually we will go to brunch with friends from our life group. Today, we decided to join our friends Jeff and Maria for a fun mini road trip.

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Second C – Minnesota’s largest candy store: Although it doesn’t look as big as expected, the inside is HUGE. There are so many sweets to choose from; and not just that… puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles. It’s packed with international treats, old fashioned soda, apples from the orchard, pumpkins, home made goodies like apple pies and strudel… the list goes on. The highlight though, was not like many of you may assume, the German sweets I found, but the life sized Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. with sound effects and everything. AMAZING! I made a complete but of myself getting Maria and Marisel to capture the perfect shot of me returning from an adventure in time and space. In case you haven’t noticed already, I have a hidden nerd personality. The pictures didn’t come out as well as I’d thought, so you will have to leave those images entirely up to your imagination.

Third C – The Cheesecake Factory: to my German friends who enjoy watching The Big Bang Theory, yes, this restaurant does in fact exist for real. Although I knew about it, I had never had the opportunity to stop by and have some food; so we did on the way home from the candy store. Oh my GOODNESS…. where has this been all my life?!?! The food is to die for. I had the Chicken with Lemon Couscous. I don’t really know what else to say other than that it was an eye opening experience. If you ever come across this restaurant when you are visiting the US, you must go. No excuses!

Fourth C – The Couch: after a long day out and about, we all crashed at Maria and Jeff’s house, ate some strudel and enjoyed more of each other’s company. Thank you, for letting me hang out and do nothing with you. Those kind of weekends are the best. Maria corrected (technically a fifth C) some papers (she is also a teacher, yay 🙂 ), we watched football on TV (definitely not as interesting as it is live), and then Marisel and I headed home, ready for a new week to begin.

Some things on my list for this season are road trips to Iowa (I just want to be able to say that I’ve been there), a road trip to New Ulm (the town the movie New in Town is set in), and maybe visiting a corn maze. Keep your eye out for some small adventures to come.

Love, Sophie x

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