Weekend Recap: Family Weekend in Fargo, ND

Hey everyone, I hope you’re recovering from the long weekend! I always love it when Mondays are holidays – it just makes the week go by more quickly. I’m extra thankful because I work at home on Tuesdays so I was able to get some laundry started, our life back in order and ease into the work week with a few extra cups of coffee.

We spent our holiday weekend in Fargo, ND visiting my brother who is the Director of Football Operations at North Dakota State University. Throughout all of his years living in Fargo, I’m sad to say I’ve only been able to make the trip out 3 times so far because life is just so darn busy! Coming off this trip, I have to just take a second to give my brother ALL of the props and recognition for how hard he works, his dedication and the level of commitment he gives his team and the university. We were lucky enough to spend Saturday night downtown Fargo, enjoying a few of his favorite hangouts and watching him interact with friends, players and all of the people who know him.

Dane & Thundar
Dane with Thundar, who he calls Dadoon for some reason?

People have this hilarious vision of what Fargo is like – I would assume based on the tv show, or the fact that it’s sorrttt of in the middle of nowhere. I can’t even count how many times people looked at me and said, “You’re going where? And by choice?” But let me just tell you, it’s awesome there. It has the feel of a big city without the congestion, and everyone is so nice. They have an amazing downtown area, packed with unique and delicious restaurants and watering holes. A few recommendations: the HoDo Lounge (try the Short Rib Bolognese or General’s Chicken.) Rhombus Guys Pizza – we loved the Chicken Alfredo & the Amalfi Coast. Vinyl Taco – unbeatable prices and a seriously cool atmosphere.

We also checked out the Red River Zoo – which was a fun day trip even in the blistering heat. The zoo isn’t too large, so we got to casually see each exhibit without feeling overwhelmed. Dane, Aunt Mimi and I even got to enjoy a carousel ride! Side note: those things move fast – I had to seriously stabilize myself so I wouldn’t fall off!


The highlight for sure though, was game day at the Fargodome. Since North Dakota doesn’t have any professional sports, it’s college teams are really the center of everyone’s passions. These guys are basically treated like celebrities in a way, and fans are fierce. We were lucky enough to go down on the field after a pretty insane blow out win (72-7). Dane was totally in awe of the field and the scale of the whole place.


We have a busy week ahead and an even busier fall to come. Fall is our favorite around here, and I’m thinking this weekend might be a good one for some decorating! Dane turned 1.5 years yesterday, so look for a little update later this week. Time is flying and we’re trying to enjoy each and every minute!

I’ll be enjoying my pumpkin spices lattes, and all the fall things! Until next time…




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Wisconsin wife and mama to Dane (4) and expecting baby girl in May. Navigating life post-cancer. Lover of food, red wine and laughs. Forever grateful for my wonderful life.

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