Over the weekend I visited my parents in my homeland, Iowa. It was Miss O’s first visit to Iowa and her first long road trip. We were only there for 48 hours but in that time we accomplished a lot, as always! My ma and I found this deal of a chair for my prop collection. It’s a very strange chair, it’s shorter than your average chair and the seat of it is very large. You can tell it’s been loved and painted a couple different times, I love the story that old treasures have. What you call trash, junk or old I call loved, treasures and memories.
I also scored a new quilt or I should say Miss O scored a sweet quilt for her future big girl bed. I love the neutral colors with the POP of blue and purple. Plus the pattern is very pleasing!
My midwest beauty is growing like a weed. Today she is modeling her first 6 month outfit. It stats that she loves Daddy of the shirt, which is very true ❤ The pants are adorbs too, grey strips with a pink heart on her booty! Little girl clothes are so fun!
She’s more alert now at 4 months old, holding her head up, talking back and belly laughing. She has her daddy’s amazing sense of humor already and I can tell she’ll have an old soul. Not a lot gets to her, she very lax with a warm heart. It’s amazing when you can start to see the personality coming out of this tiny little human body.
My sweet little O has changed my life and I love that I can capture her milestones along the way. Along with my own milestones: one year tobacco free today!
I had the most amazing birthday. My husband, my daughter and I toured our own backyard. We left early in the morning and visited a donut shop not like any other donut shop. Glam Doll Donuts is a retro inspired donut cafe with some out of this world flavors. My husband order a dozen so we could try a little of everything. All these beautiful donuts were packaged up in this very cool pink box.Glam Doll had a VERY vintage photo booth that I could not reisits! It was baby and I’s first photo booth visit. I can’t wait until we can make funny faces together! Thank you Glam Doll Donuts for the amazing sugar high and the kick off to my birthday adventure.
So my birthday was all about visiting places that I have never been in my own city. Next up was the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park.
It was also Baby’s 4 month birthday, so we did a little photo shoot in the Mill Ruins Park.
The Guthrie Theater was a place I’d heard so much about and never been. My friend has season tickets and her and her mother go almost every Thursday night. I’ve had photographer friends shoot families and engagement photos there, so since I was so close I figured we needed to check it out!
Lunch time was upon us and we set off for the Midtown Global Market. I was thankful that it wasn’t very busy so we got to see every thing in there. We ate gyros at the Holy Land Deli.
What a day!! After we napped for an hour, the baby had been on the go all day and did a great job. She’s a trooper and loves to travel!
We meet my in-laws for dinner. I have been to Mozza Mia before, right when they opened. I wanted a caprese salad and their’s is the best! They make their mozzarella homemade everyday.
What a fantastic day. Year 28 started out with new beginnings and an adventure. I sure hope that the rest of my year is as enjoyable.
-A huge thank you to my husband and my baby, without either you it wouldn’t have been as much fun ❤
Tips for your own stay-cation:
- Research your city. Visit your cities website to find attractions and events going on. I searched “cheap things to do in the Twin Cities.”
- Use urbanspoon or opentable to find restaurants that you’ve never been. I watch all local channels on TV, I found Glam Doll Donuts on Twin Cities Live.
- Map out your adventure. We used the Maps app on my iphone, I put in all the addresses and once we left one spot it directed us to the next. It was very nice! –I thought of this once we were out but use public transportation instead of your car, it will really feel like your on vacation.
- Have fun with it!! Every time we saw something new or had a fun experience we would say, “I can’t believe I’ve never been here.” It helped set the mood of a “vacation.”