Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Minneapolis weekend.

We had a fun weekend in Minneapolis! Always fun to get to the "big city" for a bit. I've been in a small town long enough now where bigger cities amaze me with all the stores, activities, and restaurants they have right at their fingertips. Don't get me wrong, I love our little town, but sometimes it's just good to walk into Target and have a wider selection of restaurant choices. And don't forget the indoor playgrounds! Boy, they are amazing. 

We met Karlie and Zack (my sister/BIL who live in St. Paul) at Brookview Backyard Friday afternoon and the girls were excited to get out of the car and play. This place had a cheaper entrance fee than others, which was nice, but it was also a bit smaller, which was actually nice too because it was easier to keep an eye on them, yet still large enough to entertain for awhile. So many fun slides and climbing places! Norah and Lucy dove right in. Ellory was a bit more cautious, as usual, but she warmed up to it and liked it when I told her to climb like a monkey. (She was nervous to climb this rope wall, and I told her to climb like a money, and they she just laughed and said that monkeys eat bananas and did it right away.)




I love both of their expressions in this picture!


They had this zip line that Norah loved. Lucy really wanted to do it too but she couldn't reach it. :(



Lucy was very photogenic this trip! Loved seeing Uncle Zack and Aunt Karlie!



We went to Noodles & Company for supper!


We swam in the hotel pool Friday and Saturday night and the girls thought it was the greatest thing ever. They were squealing with excitement and running through the hotel like crazy. We tried to calm them, but thankfully we were met with really kind people who said things like they missed their kids being that little and it was so cute to see them so excited. Sometimes having three kids in public is nuts- there was one woman who glared at Ellory this weekend, but thankfully almost every interaction is positive and most people are kind and willing to help!


Saturday morning we went to Edinborough Park, which was amazing. It was seriously incredible and looked like a dreamland. However, I am so glad we went with a group because I wouldn't feel comfortable taking the girls there myself. It is massive and so tall and there's no way to keep track of all three at once. I was so thankful for family there to help! The girls loved it!



This picture doesn't even show it all. It was so big!






What a fun weekend and so grateful for fun loving and interactive grandparents and aunts/uncles!




We also all really love nephew/cousin Will!


Kley absolutely loves that he laid his head on his shoulder in this picture. :)


Norah is a great helper!


Family shot! We asked the front desk lady to take this, and I wish she would have told me that you can only see 1/8 of Ellory's head, but oh well. You get what you get and you don't throw a fit. (The girls love saying that to each other, ha.)


Bowling at Pinstripes! We also ate there too and it was really good. Lucy wasn't into bowling and Norah only bowled 2/3 of her game, but Ellory was very willing to pick up the slack. She was an avid bowler that day!




We also visited Choo Choo Bob's Train Store, which was a fun little store if you have train lovers and had lots of train tables you could play at. It's not a place you would spend tons of time, but a fun place to visit for a little bit. Kley was thrilled to go to Topgolf for the first time! I took the girls to Good Times Park on Sunday before we headed home while the rest of the crew was at the Vikings game, which was also really fun. I purposely chose this one because it was more spread out vs. a tall climbing structure, so it was easier to keep my eye on them since I was alone- fun to try different things and new places!

Before we left for home (I drove home with the girls in the afternoon since Kley was at the game and he rode home later with his dad), I was asked for the first time if I had triplets. All three were wearing matching outfits, so I don't blame her for thinking that, but it was crazy to me because it really made me think about how much Lucy and Ellory are growing up and looking like big kids now. The age difference isn't as obvious anymore. Woah! (Also, the girls like matching sometimes and have a couple outfits that three way match. We don't force them to match!)

What a fun weekend! Always glad to spend time with family!

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