September 16, 2015


Labor Day weekend brought a new addition to the Matt+Karen+Rio clan. Lucky became the newest member of the family. 

Leah took Lucky initially after a friend realized she could not keep Lucky due to allergies. Knowing that I wanted a cat to keep me company until Matt moved to Minnesota (and that Matt and I had always talked about getting a cat), Leah willingly cared for Lucky for about two weeks before I could pick her up in Iowa City Labor Day weekend. 

Lucky was very calm during her move from Iowa City to Chaska, and since moving, has enjoyed exploring the many hiding spots...

and high perches of the townhouse.

Lucky is a great companion, and I can not wait for her to meet Matt and Rio (hoping the dog + cat introduction goes well!).

Happy whisker Wednesday!

August 9, 2015

Birthday weekend!

Leah and I celebrated turning 31 last month...together. Having been apart for our birthdays the past two years, Leah decided to drive up to Chaska so we could spend a few days together. I took two days off from work and we had a great time.

After work on Wednesday and after Leah arrived in Chaska, we headed to Excelsior. I wanted Leah to see Lake Minnetonka and Excelsior. It is one town that I have really enjoyed visiting since moving to Chaska. Our first stop in Excelsior was at the Excelsior Brewing Company. This was my first time at the brewery. We each decided to order their Flagship Flight...

We then ate dinner at Maynard's on the Lake. Maynard's has a great patio for enjoying the long, hot July days of summer! 

On Thursday, our actual birthday, my mom and dad came up to spend the day with us. They surprised us with our long time favorite type of cake (besides the cheesecake my mom used to make EACH of us!)...a Dairy Queen ice cream cake!

After we had a slice of cake, we went on a bike ride around Chaska. We then got ready for a Twins game. They played the Tigers. 


Such a lovey stadium...

The All-Star game was just a few days away and Brian Dozier was very close in being voted in to participate. They handed out pins to encourage the audience to "Vote Dozier."  Eventually, he did indeed make the All Star team!

My parents left Friday morning. Leah and I had purchased tickets for the Basillica Block Party, an annual music festival in downtown Minneapolis, in early April, so we had been looking forward to the weekend for a long time. 

Stacey, one of my friends from college who I've reconnected with since we both live near the cities, joined us for the festival.  

Mat Kearney!!


On Saturday morning the three of us enjoyed a delicious brunch at Victor's 1959 Cafe. It is a local favorite that I have been wanting to try. The morning was beautiful, so it was nice sitting outside on the patio. 

Leah left after brunch so she could get back home before flying out to South Carolina. 

It was so fun having Leah in town for the weekend to celebrate our birthday!! 

Cheers to 31!