Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Break Recap

Well, I don't get a spring break, but that doesn't stop me from taking the week off when my nieces come to visit me on their spring break.  Starting off with my cousin's wedding in Minnesota on Friday, the 4th, we had a whirlwind week of WAY TOO MUCH FUN!  If you follow me on Instagram, some of these will be repeats, but I just had to post a few highlights from the week!

On Saturday after the wedding, we decided to be crazy and go to the Mall of America.  It's basically the worst idea ever: Take a mall multiplied by 4, put an amusement park in the middle, and then fill it with ALL the most obnoxious tourists.  But hey, it was an adventure!  My 2 favorite parts were as follows:
Dessert date at the American Girl Bistro.  I made a reservation and surprised the girls.  They were pretty excited.  I expected it to be overpriced, but was willing to fork over a little cash for a fun experience.  I would absolutely recommend it!  The desserts were fairly reasonably priced and SO DELICIOUS!  I would eat that brownie sundae every day!  Plus the girls got a little teacup and saucer for their dolls, and the napkins had fun bow hairties that we got to keep.  After our dessert, the girls took their dolls to the salon, which was really cute/fun, and got shiny hairdos.   

Lunch date with one of my favorites, Brynn!  You guys, I can't even tell you how fun it was to meet Brynn and get to chat in person!  She's just as sweet and funny as she is on her blog!  We had lunch at this yummy Italian place at the mall and then shopped a bit at H&M.  Did I mention it was SO FUN??  Seriously, if you have the opportunity to meet up with a blog friend, you should do it!  Now I want to plan trips to meet all my other favorites.  If only I had an unlimited travel budget and time off work...  

For dinner, the girls wanted to go to Bubba Gump Shrimp, and I pretty much do whatever they want, so we went there.  None of us ordered shrimp.  But we did pose for a picture with one.  So creepy!    

On Sunday, we drove back to Nebraska, and then spent the week doing fun stuff around here.  We went to the park several times, played Barbies quite a bit, pretended to run a bakery (and then ate all the cookies, because we didn't have any customers), and shopped.  A lot.  Like, I don't even want to think about my April budget post.  

We also did a few bigger things.  On Tuesday, we went to the zoo.  We always go to the zoo when they visit, and we always have a new favorite thing.  My favorite thing was the Andi Bear.  It might actually be an "Andean bear", but when you have little hands to change the sign, it works out.  Also, this guy:

The other surprise that I had planned was a trip to the pottery painting place.  I got a groupon a few weeks ago, and thought it would be a fun activity.  Honestly, I wasn't that impressed, but the girls mentioned it on the highlights of the week, so I'll call it a victory!  I haven't been able to pick up our items yet, so hopefully they are cute!    

Anyway, it was a really fun week!  Nieces and sisters are the best!  Well, tied for best with other family.  I don't want to get in trouble!  


  1. There are so many things I love about this post: that you got to see Brynn in person! the Andi Bear! :) ... I can't say that I love that shrimp or obnoxious tourists, but it still looks like a great time all in all!

  2. Ahhh this post has so much fun packed into it! How awesome that you and Brynn got to meet up! I'm sorta jealous haha. It's nice that you are able to take off and have this fun spring break.

  3. so much fun! kinda jealous you got to meet brynn, especially since she and i live in the same state, but hopefully she and i can meet one of these days because i agree, it's so fun to meet blog friends in real life. and hurray for surviving the MOA! i'm glad you had such a great time with your nieces!

  4. So glad you had an amazing week. Blog meet ups are always fun. Have a great easter.

  5. Hooray! I'm so glad we had the chance to meet up and get to know each other in real life! I had such a great time - hopefully we can do it again some time!! I'm jealous of the rest of your trip, too. I followed along with your adventures on Instagram, and it sounds like you, your sister, and your nieces had a fantastic time together!!