Family Photos at the Sculpture Garden

Today Michelle and I took family pictures for a friend of ours from church.  We headed to the sculpture garden in Minneapolis and had a lot of fun!  Afterwards, the family headed off to celebrate the grandparents’ 40th wedding anniversary, and Michelle and I headed off to French Meadow for coffee and a cinnamon roll.  A win for all :)

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the morning!

Memorial Day Staycation

Tiffany and I wanted to make the most of Memorial Day Weekend, but we couldn’t go anywhere.  What are a couple of roommates to do?

If your answer was make a list of Minneapolis adventures that we have always wanted to have and then begin conquering that list, you are right!

First our itinerary, next the highlights!

  • Mill City Farmer’s Market for breakfast
  • Mill City Museum
  • Eat Street Social
  • Hunt and Gather
  • The Avengers
  • Pizzeria Lola
  • Home for cheesecake and a cheesy Disney channel movie on Netflix

Our biggest challenge of the day was the weather.  We knew it would be rainy and stormy off and on all day, so we had to plan accordingly.

At the Farmer’s Market we ate delicious donuts and drank iced mochas.

Our official review on the Mill City Museum: it was awesome.  We are now experts on flour.  I had no idea how dangerous flour milling was!  I also had no idea how many flour mills were on the Mississippi back in the day.  We loved all the old artifacts, and were confused by the wooden carvings of historical flour figures.  You should go though.  You will love it!  Did I mention the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen: the history of Minneapolis in 19 minutes.  And ashamedly I will admit there may have been tearing up at the end.

We had brunch food for lunch at Eat Street Social.  We went at a really awkward time, and were some of the only patrons in the restaurant.  It was tasty food.

Next up: Hunt and Gather.  It is an eclectic antique store full on randomness that was reminiscent of my grandma’s attic  (my favorite place as a child).  The highlight: a squirrel terrarium with 3 brown squirrels and 1 albino squirrel in their… natural habitat?  Terrifying.  Why did someone else have that in their home or place of business?

We then saw The Avengers.  Loved it.  And had an enthusiastic audience that clapped and cheered.  I do not condone clapping during movies, but it was pretty fitting in this instance.

Pizzeria Lola was for dinner.  It was a bit of a wait, but with some good people watching the time flew by.  The decor was unique and fun.  The food was delicious.  They deliver your bill in a cigar box with a flower pen.  It is cute.  And they have a photobooth in the back!  How fun is that!

All in all, it was a fantastic day.  You will probably want to recreate it on your own (well, with a friend or two) someday soon.

a Nice Ride to Target Field

Friends!  I don’t think I ever told you about my adventure with Minneapolis’ Nice Ride bikes!

Don’t worry.  The time has come.

For those of you not acquainted with the Nice Ride bikes, there are sets of bikes all around Minneapolis.  You can rent a bike and one station and drop it off at another.  The first 30 minutes are free, which is ideal if all of your destinations are within 30 minutes. 

Shawn and I started by her house in NE.  We picked up some bikes and dropped them off a couple blocks from Target Field.  We then sat through some horribly played baseball (sorry Twins, it is the truth.  Actually, I take back my apology.  You should be the one apologizing to me).

After that we rode the bikes to Saint Anthony Main where we went out for some apps.  After that, we rode the bikes back to Shawn’s house.

It was a fun way to explore the city, try something new, and take a different approach to visiting Target Field.

Pippi!

A while back, I was driving the streets of the city, and I saw a billboard for Pippi Longstocking, as performed by the Children’s Theater here in Minneapolis.  

I thought, “I must go.”  I loved Pippi growing up – I have great memories of watching the movies in Alaska while visiting a missionary family, and later on with family as well.  (And I’m sure I read the books too.  I just have no memories of them.  Go Reading!)

The scene that always stuck out to me the most is when Pippi mopped her floor by strapping sponges onto her feet and skating through the bubbles.  I mean, honestly, how amazing would that be??  Perhaps I should try it.  Maybe tonight while my roommate is gone.  Yessss.  Consider it done.

For crazy hair day last year, my assistant Molly and I even had Pippi-inspired braids.  

But, it is showing at the Children’s Theater.  And last time I checked, I don’t have a child.  So naturally I asked on Facebook if anyone would loan me their child :)

Fortunately I have fun friends – Brooke and I ended up taking her first grade daughter.  They read the book together before the show and we were all excitedly counting down the days.

AND I got a great deal on tickets – apparently, each Sunday at noon, you can call the ticket office and purchase tickets for $10 – they have a limited number of cheap tickets for each show.  This is the way to go, folks!  (but be prepared – I was on hold for over half an hour… yikes!)

We went on Sunday evening and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it.  Seriously – the Children’s Theater does SUCH a great job.  The girl who played Pippi was outstanding.

Although I must say that my perspective has shifted a bit as an adult.  For example – in the school scene, all I could think of was what strategies I would use to more effective manage Pippi’s behavior ;)

It was a fun show – great set… awesome acting… and what made it even better was listening to the giggles of the sweet little girl sitting next to me.

Children’s Theater Link