Our weekend went like this...
Friday night we headed to Toad's on Main Street for supper. I was craving some raspberry chipotle boneless wings and the kids were hyped up for the weekend and definitely needed a night out on the town. My parents joined us for dinner and though they were out of the raspberry chipotle, the parmesan garlic became a new favorite. We had such a good time at dinner that we decided to drive around town with the windows down before going home. We let the breeze fill our car, watched the sun set through the windshield and drove through our favorite neighborhoods while the boys laughed and giggled senselessly in the backseat the whole way.
We woke up Saturday morning with plans to visit the first Farmer's Market of the year. We don't usually buy a whole lot when we go, but it's a good excuse to head downtown and enjoy the sunshine. We picked out one giant pot of flowers, Jaden nabbed a snow cone and Brandon picked out a cupcake that he of course only ate the top half of because... frosting! We enjoyed our treats from a nearby park bench and Brandon - being the happy outdoorsman that he is - was more than happy to model for the camera.
From Main Street we headed to College Hill where we sat at a little outdoor bistro table while I sipped on a Mocha Latte from Sidecar before heading into Razor's Edge for Brandon's hair cut. And then we decided to make an adventure out of our flower shopping this year, driving out to a nursery in the country to do some picking. So worth the little bit of an extra drive. We'll never buy flowers from HyVee again. ;)
After coming home for lunch, we spent a couple of ours making a little oasis out of our deck. Brandon helped Daddy pot the flowers, Jaden helped water them and I worked on arranging them. We got our little fountain out of storage, opened up our umbrella and watched our outdoor space transform with colors.
Brandon had his last swimming lesson on Saturday afternoon, so it was the perfect opportunity for Daddy and Jaden to get some rest inside while watching the end of the NFL draft. (Jaden watched... I think Daddy took a nap!) ;) After passing swimming lessons with flying colors, Brandon and I decided to make a trip to Target for some new watering cans. He picked out his, I picked out mine. We came home in time to drop Jaden off at a Saturday night birthday party while the three of us headed to Cassi's to grill our dinner and play with baby Ivy for the rest of the night.
And there we were, being anything but peaceful, as three college kids - two girls and a guy - were trying to sunbathe in their swimsuits while studying for finals. I immediately apologized for the commotion, but they didn't seem to mind and even seemed to enjoy the distraction and humor our boys were providing for them as they were sprawled out on the sand with their textbooks open. That was until our boys spotted the "sea snake" and Cody managed to catch it out of the water within a minute. The college boy jumped to his feet and ran as fast as he could to the nearest picnic table, appearing a little bit embarrassed but not at all sorry for it. The word snake was all it took for him to hightail it far away from the river's edge. His girlfriends had a good laugh, as did Cody, at his expense. But he was a very good sport through the whole thing.
We wrapped up our afternoon at a nearby playground before heading home to cool down with ice cream sandwiches before pasta dinner on the deck and late evening thunderstorms. It was a good weekend.