Sometimes weekends turn into whirlwinds, in the best of ways. We filled up this past weekend, some things were planned, some were routine, others were more spur-of-the-moment ("spur-of-the-moment" meaning planned less than two hours in advance when you're dealing with small children).
We kicked things off with a visit to the farm for a birthday party, completely putting our own farm birthday party of last year to complete shame, since a farm visit in February wouldn't exactly give off the same vibe.
I can guarantee that in the middle photo above, Caden is asking me if I'm having fun, or telling me that he is having fun, since the entire time we rode the "grain train" he said, "I'm having fun. Are you having fun, mommy?" on repeat. (Yup, I'm totally having fun over here. Biggest thrill of my life. Thank goodness this thing only goes like 3 mph or I might pee my pants from all the excitement.)
Apparently not scared of feeding goats. Cool.
Had no problem feeding the chickens or the horse that is approximately 23x her size, but was terrified of the ducks waddling around. I don't know.
All the heart eyes for the farm babies. Who are actually complete suburban kids and at least one of them still thinks that puppies are pretty exotic. But they look damn cute in their overalls.
Sunday afternoon we checked out a bit of what Pride had to offer in Minneapolis. Really we hit up the family-friendly activities at the Lakes and Legends brewery. There was SO MUCH for the kids to do , including coloring sheets, hopscotch, a giant Connect-Four set, coloring sheets, snacks, and outdoor activities that included chalk, bubbles, and a piano.
We are nothing if not color-coordinated.
Also: face-painting. So dang proud of our face painting.
Brooklyn wanted nothing to do with it, but the second Caden was done, Nolan scrambled into the face painting chair and sat there expectantly, all "okay, here I am! my turn!". The kid who never sits still sat perfectly still to get his own festive paint on.
Also of note: the beer. The beer was fantastic. I had the Wit and my brother had their Saison and they were both stellar. Their incredible beer line-up was impressive, so I'm hoping to make a trip back sometime soon, sans children. The only negative is that the taproom currently does not offer food. We ordered in food from a nearby restaurant, but it was incredibly expensive for a couple of burgers, chicken strips, and some mediocre fries. (#yaydowntown) I would definitely go back for the beer, and probably plan on dinner elsewhere.
After our family adventures, Tyson took the kids home while I stayed in Minneapolis for a photo shoot for the Twin Cities Moms Blog. I'm excited to announce that starting in July, I will be a regular contributor! My first post should appear within the next few weeks or so, and I'll be writing for them about once a month going forward. It was wonderful to meet some of the other writers and take a break in one of the most picturesque spots in Minneapolis.
Also excited for the tumbler. Super excited about the TCMB tumbler. And judging by the posts on the contributor's Facebook page, I'm not the only one...