Andi worked a long day Friday, so we got a late start out of the Cities. We've been spoiled this summer with Friday night dinners on the deck and sunset boat rides on the lake to wind down after a busy week. No such luck this weekend. Minutes after we rolled into the cabin around the kids' bedtimes, the cabin neighbor sent a text invitation to join everyone over at their place. What do responsible parents like And and I do? Load the kids into the car again and head on over! I was certain we'd combat tears and fussy bedtimes as a result, but surprisingly Aden and Tory were troopers. As soon as the kids saw all their favorite cabin friends, they were in great spirits. Tory and her little friend Hannah hadn't seen each other for three weeks, so they kept hugging and saying "I missed my friend." Completely adorable.
Bright and early Saturday morning, we packed up the family and headed into town for the Rutabaga Festival's 5K Fun Run. I had high hopes to run the race this year, but I'm just not there yet with my Couch to 5K training. Super disappointed in myself. But! There was a big group of cabin friends walking the race this year for various reasons, so Andi and I pushed Tory and Aden in the double stroller alongside Lisa, Oscar and Deanna pushing Hannah and Baby Kate, Morgan's boyfriend Nick, Brooke's boyfriend Anthony and others.
|Aden and Tory, ready to race|
Naturally, the race ends in a beer garden so we recapped the morning over beers with friends. Aden wanted down on the ground so badly, but the floor of a beer garden isn't exactly the more sanitary place for a baby. (It could be argued beer gardens aren't the best place for babies in general but, eh.) Anyway, I put him in the baby carrier and did what every good mother does - multi-tasked.
After the Fun Run, Andi and I broke off from the group with our cabin friends Josh, Krista and their daughters Hannah and Kate. We walked the downtown streets and shopped at the local vendor stands set up along the way. Much to Andi's chagrin, I bought Aden his own little boy's apron to wear when he can start cooking in the kitchen with Tory and I. I also bought Aden a hand-sewn fox stocking hat to match the owl one we bought Tory a few years ago. Can't wait to see the kids wearing their hats and aprons together!
Andi stopped for cheese curds, of course, Krista and Josh split a pulled pork sandwich and I had a delicious custard-filled chocolate croissant along the way. Seriously cannot stop thinking about that croissant! We also stopped by the local firetrucks on display, and the little girls got plastic fire hats and Sparky stickers. What a fun morning!
|Hannah and Tory playing in the sand|
|Wine in a redneck wine glass!|
|Greg and Josh grilling up dinner|