Making Memories - Fall Weekend Style

I had the most fantastic weekend.

It started Friday night when we had some friends over for dinner and card games.  It was great to catch up and hear how God is working in their lives.  We hadn't laughed together for a while and it was a wonderful evening.

Saturday was action packed, as always for the Balvin's.  It started with taking the kids to a free breakfast that a local church puts on once a month.  Later in the day we went and watched at the gymnastics center as over 100 people participated in the inagural CANVAS Church Ultimate Ninja Warrior Challenge.  We had to leave the ninja gathering because, for the first time ever, we had some outdoor family pictures taken.  We did this on the St. Olaf college campus and it was a fun time of playing in the leaves and smiling lots as a family.  After the pictures we met up with some other friends from church and had pizza in a local restaurant.  Rounding the night out, and perhaps most exciting for me, was watching with my boys as the Boston Red Sox won game 6 of the ALCS and advanced to the World Series.  Told you it was action packed!

Sunday was much more low key, but just as wonderful.  I cooked hash browns for the family and then we joined with our faith family for a inspiring and encouraging Sunday worship service.  After church I was blessed to have some time with my oldest son while Stephanie and Izzy had mommy shopping time, and Andrew played at a friend's house.  In the evening Jacob and I went out with the men of CANVAS Church for Destination Burger.  We had burgers at Kings Bar and Grille, after which Jacob (pictured above) happily said, "That was the best burger ever!"

It really was a fantastic weekend!