Feb 20, 2011

Another great weekend...

Another great weekend with girls I love :) I can't complain.... except that we had to leave early due to bad weather. The plan was to head to Minneapolis for my friend Renee's baby shower. The weekend started on Friday with a fabulous teacher-in-service day! Because I am a substitute teacher, I did not have to attend... woohoo! I went shopping in the morning and got my hair done. I needed a personal day to pamper myself a bit. I also made the big decision to color my hair brown! I am now close to my original hair color. I think I like it! It will take a bit to get used to after being blonde for a few years. Anywho.... Mimi came and picked me up and we took off for the Twin Cities! We gabbed the whole way there... we are good at that :) We stayed at my friend Renee's parents house. When we arrived everyone was her sister's play. We decided not to waste time and looked up the nearest Italian joint. We were pleasantly surprised to find this amazing little pasta bar called Broder's. The wine and food was terrific. I highly recommend this place to anyone in the area. After dinner we headed back to the house to meet up with Renee's family. They are such great people! I felt like I was with my own family the entire time. They are so welcoming and loving. I went to bed full of good food, wine, and conversation :) The next day Mimi and I spent a few hours exploring and seeking out fun crafty/art stores. We found an awesome fabric store that I had seen online and always wanted to go to! It was full of my favorite fabric designers and incredibly inspiring! If you are a fabric lover check out www.craftyplanet.com or check it out in person if you are in the area. After the fabric store we headed over to Paper Source in Uptown. Another fun store full of fantastic finds! We headed back to the house and got ready for the shower. The baby shower was from 2-5 at Renee's G'mas house. Her mom had decorated for the shower and it was sooooo sweet :) If I have a baby girl, I would totally hire her to do my shower. It was so sweet and special the whole shower. I always love showers because of the combination of woman that come together to celebrate a wedding or a baby. It does not happen many times in life and I feel these moments should be cherished. I can honestly say I felt blessed to be surrounded by such beautiful, intelligent, and caring women of Renee's life! :) After the shower we had some down time and then discovered the unfortunate weather coming our way. We decided to do a quick dinner with Renee, her sister Bethany, friend Tina, Mimi, and I. We went to a great place called the The Lowbrow. They are known for their comfort food, but done fresh. I had a delicious veggie burger (homemade, not frozen) and fries... mmmm. I think all their food/meat is locally grown. Good job Lowbrow! Again, I recommend this place as well!!! Mimi and I departed around 930 with Starbucks DoubleShots and Cherry Coke in hand. We got home late, but safely. I was happy to be able to crawl into a warm bed with my husband and pups at the end of the day. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but a good one!

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