Anniversary Trip — Iceland

Posted May 14th, 2017 in Events, Family, Janelle, Josh, Trips by Janelle

The last leg of our trip was to Iceland. This wasn’t originally part of our travel plan, but when I booked award travel on Icelandair, I decided to extend our trip just a bit to do a stopover.

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This was the VRBO that we rented for the 4 nights we stayed in Iceland. If I could do it all over I would have not had Reykjavik as our home base, but rather traveled to other places to stay. Going back to the city made for a lot of driving which prevented us from getting to a couple places I wanted to.

The first evening we found some dinner, found our VRBO, and found a grocery store. Right away we had complete sticker shock of the cost of food in Iceland. We paid $10 for a dozen eggs, a small box of Cheerios was over $10, just 1 orange was $5, and a $5 footlong at Subway was $13. All food was at least twice if not 3X more expensive than here.

Our first full day we toured the Golden Circle. First stop was Þingvellir National Park.

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The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, and the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. Þingvellir has for this reason been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next stop was Efstidalur. It’s a farm with a hotel and restaurant. We stopped for ice cream and it was literally the best thing I ate on that island.

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It was pretty fun to sit and eat your homemade ice cream and look out the window right at the cow that produced the milk.

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On to our Brúarfoss adventure. This waterfall is not very public and you kind of have to hike a little ways to find it. We found it and the blue water was so amazing.

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Strokkur Geysir is the geysir for which all other geysirs are named after. It’s the original.

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The sheer size of Gullfoss is what is most impressive.

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Last stop of the day was at Secret Lagoon/Gamla Laugin.

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The next day was more driving to Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Some highlights included:

Gerðuberg Cliffs — The cliff is made of basalt columns that form geometric patterns.
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Gatklettur, Arnarstapi
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Hvalfjarðargöng — A road tunnel under the Hvalfjörður fjord in Iceland and a part of Route 1. It is 6 kilometers long and reaches a depth of 541 feet below sea level
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On our last full day, instead of driving out to South Iceland, we stayed in Reykjavik. First we walked past the sculpture Sólfarið – Sun Voyager.

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Then to Harpa, concert hall, which was a beautiful modern and geometric building.

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And we wandered up to Hallgrimskirkja, a church, and one of the city’s best-known landmarks.

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It was Good Friday, so we weren’t allowed inside, but we came back Saturday morning before leaving town to head inside for a peek.

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On Saturday, our last day, we headed out of town. We took the long way to the airport and stopped at Krýsuvík Geothermal Area.

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After 10 days of celebrating 10 years, we were totally ready to get back to the boys (and girls) at home. We had a great time in Europe but really missed the family we created over the last 10+. Looking forward to the next 10!

Arlo—Six Months

Posted April 3rd, 2016 in Arlo, Traditions by Janelle

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Looking back:

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Arlo—Three Months

Posted January 3rd, 2016 in Arlo, Traditions by Janelle

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Looking back:

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Happy Holidays!

Posted December 24th, 2015 in Arlo, Family, Warner by Janelle

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Arlo’s Baptism

Posted December 6th, 2015 in Arlo, Events, Family by Janelle

Today we celebrated Arlo’s baptism.

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Arlo—Two Months

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in Arlo, Traditions by Janelle

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Looking back:

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Newborn Favorites—Arlo

Posted November 24th, 2015 in Arlo, Family by Janelle

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Arlo Joshua Tubbs

Posted October 14th, 2015 in Arlo, Events, Family by Janelle

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Arlo Joshua was born Saturday, October 3rd at 11:41am. He weighed in at 9 pounds 7 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long. He has been a really good baby for us so far, eating and sleeping well. Warner is adjusting well, and has even decided to share one of his hockey sticks with Arlo.

BNSF Family Day

Posted August 1st, 2015 in Events, Family, Our City, Outside by Janelle

At the end of June we were invited to the BNSF Family Day in Fridley by Ryan’s step-dad Dave.

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Warner was pretty into the blue engine that they applied a face to, to look like Thomas.

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It was fun to see some of the trains up close. They had a couple engines open so you could go in them.

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Needless to say, we’ve had our wooden tracks up and trains out at home a lot since the Family Day!

2 Year Favorites

Posted July 14th, 2015 in Family, Our City, Traditions, Warner by Janelle

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