Should I be all reflective and weepy for a few posts to really seal the deal on this moving thing? It’s not really my style. We’re moving soon. Woot. And, we had a great year here in the tiny pop. Seven of our favorite things?
These are the two things that we did to help socialize our little butterfly. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is exclusive to MN, and it’s a way for kids to start learning about the idea of school well before they get there. We really liked this a lot. Ellen played with kids, sang songs, did crafts, ate snacks…all of the basic building blocks of a happy childhood, I suppose.
My Gym was another one of our weekly outings. The gal is somewhat of a timid one, so this really helped boost her confidence. She was able to climb and swing and dance and watch a puppet show all in an hour’s time. It was also a pretty good way to make sure Mike and I got out of our pjs before it was too late to do anything on the weekend. Bonus.
Our favorite children’s bookstore. Ellen was more interested in the wildlife than the actual books: cats, birds, hens, spiders, chinchillas and others. She spent each visit terrorizing the cats. Whatever works.
There are two reasons you might go here: 1. you like to show off your gym body while rollerblading or 2. you want to take the kid for a walk around a lake in a stroller for some good people watching. I’ll let you guess reason this jello jiggler was motivated by.
Our. Fave. Food. Ever. Scallop tacos? Peel-n-Eat shrimp? Oysters? Tons of cilantro? Gazpacho? Beer, wine and gourmet ice cream al fresco? Live folk, twang and blues? Right next to a waterfall? Do I need to go on? This might be the thing I miss the very most. No, it definitely is.
When it gets colder and you still want good food, go here and eat. Lurve. Just everything. Eat everything. And they give the kids cups of Goldfish crackers and crayons while they wait. Thank you. So much.
This is the free zoo in town, but it’s the one that has all the animals that Ellen knows. So, why wouldn’t we go to this one? Also, we saw a sloth this close to our face. Adorbs.
I loved this moms’ group at our church. It was the perfect social gathering for this introvert. Pop in at 9:30, chat for a few minutes while you get your food from the enormous and insane brunch they have each meeting, sit down at a table, listen to speaker, go home. Childcare provided. It was awesome. I could be around moms without feeling like I had to make conversation for hours on end. Is that weird of me?
Honorable Mentions: Golden Nugget in Minnetonka, Brasa in MPLS, the State Fair, Duluth, Gasthoffs in MPLS, Zumbro Cafe in MPLS, Children’s Museum (free every 3rd Sunday), any library here, MPLS Farmer’s Market.
So, there you have it. Maybe I am a little sad to be leaving. Crap.
Go visit Jen before I start to tear up.