Monday, October 18, 2010

home again, home again...


Oh, what a weekend! We had a four day trip to Minneapolis and we are finally back, exhausted and happy to be home. The boys had a fantastic time, of course. We go every October and have our favorite spots to visit. Exploring a big city with the boys while my husband sits in a conference all day every day means ritual and tradition helps keep us all happy. We balance the crazy loud packed too much stimulation places the boys REALLY want to visit, with nature walks, parks and small neighborhood shops we ALL love returning to.



This trip the boys had a list, and we did it all. LEGO store, aquarium, amusement park rides...hotel pool, favorite restaurants...nature center and hike with new friends, natural toy & craft store, neighborhood parks, and a visit to the best kids bookstore (we think) on the planet. Oh, a bookstore with cats, lizards, spiders, chickens (and I mean chickens out walking around!), chinchillas, birds, ferrets and tons of books...what an amazing place.



We even managed to have enough energy left for a stop by IKEA on the way out of town for some things on our list. A whirlwind few days for sure, and this mama is happy to be home!

8 comments:

se7en said...

Oh What fun!!! Nice while it lasts and good to be home!!! I tell you, I will never ever tell my kids that there is something in the world called a Lego store!!!

sarah@theunwrapping said...

sounds like an amazing trip!!! great pictures, as always! :)

Tara said...

You packed in so much adventure into four days!

Happy, happy boys with their Lego bags !! The bookstore sounds fabulous :0)

thewifeknits said...

I just love that aquarium, but now you've given me a dozen reasons to visit the twin cities again. Glad you all had a blast!

The Adventures of Princess Zaria said...

Did you go to The Mall of America? I heard that is so cool.

denise said...

Yep - the rides, aquarium and LEGO store are at the Mall of America. It is so HUGE (I don't think the word HUGE even is big enough for it). Wow-za. ;) We usually just stick to exactly what we want to do and don't ever wander into the mall shopping area - it would take days to get through it all.

Francesca said...

ikea has a unique way of working its way into lots of our trips too!

Andria said...

You went to the Wild Rumpus!!!! We used to live in St. Paul. Just stumbled on this blog looking for science projects for my 5-y.o......beautiful blog....smiled when I saw this post. Thanks.

p.s. SO jealous of "Snake Day." We love snakes around here.