My cousin graduated from college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My boys adore him. I knew it would not be possible for all of us to fly, but drive...now that was a different story. I pitched the idea to several of my family members and the final decision was that Aunt Janice, Mun, me and my boys would all ride together, picking up my Uncle Jim at the halfway point. This was such a big occasion that we had shirts made...
We arrived in Minneapolis in time for a dinner of pizza at the indoor pool at our hotel.
While we were in the car I researched several places that might be of interest, including a cupcake shop. When we started getting close to Minneapolis Janice asked me to navigate us to the hotel. Having not even been to Minneapolis before none of us recognized what we were doing. We starting getting closer and closer to our destination and I realized I had put in the address for a Cupcake shop. Yep, we arrived at the cupcake shop instead of the hotel. Whoops. We were 20 minutes away from the hotel and because of time restraints we were not even able to stop for a cupcake. Oh well...
Good morning Minneapolis!
Since my crew wakes up so early and so hungry we hit the hotel restaurant. It was pretty fancy. In fact, Andrew walked up to the table, pointed to the cloth napkin and said, "What's that, mom?!?" We (and by this I mean me and Jack )had a conversation in the room about being on our best behavior and not eating like an animal, etc. All in all we made it through breakfast without incident. Andrew had a Mickey Mouse pancake. He was thrilled! Clayton had some kind of continental breakfast and Jack had French toast. Everyone was pleased, which for a mom of three boys is a major accomplishment.
After breakfast we rode the train into Minneapolis with Mimi and Tee and somehow ended up at the Mall of America. Good times! Clayton was in awe of the Lego store. I think he could have stayed there all day. We were only able to stay about 30 minutes, but no fear we spent all day Sunday there.
After graduation we headed to a lovely dinner at McCormick and Schmick's. Again, the boys and I had a similar conversation about being on our best behavior. They did pretty good. We closed out the evening with a swim in the indoor pool with the graduate.
Sunday morning we headed out early for the Mall of America. They have an amusement park inside and we rode just about every ride. We were there from the time they opened until the time they closed. The boys had a blast. Mimi, Tee, Mun, Janice and Jim joined us at the park. It takes a village to wrangle these boys people.