This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and I had such a great day…so great, that I didn’t want it to end. The weather was absolutely perfect and the company was even better. We started our Sunday out by getting up and heading over to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. We have been wanting to do this for a few years now, but always seem to be a bit lazy on our Sunday mornings. haha Once we got there, we all agreed, that it was worth it. We had no idea that this market not only had flowers and vegetables, but clothes and and other odds and ends as well. Kelly and I made a quick stop to look at these cute headbands for our hair and these quirky air plants.
We moved on down the street and came to this area that was called Urban Garden Arts. This area was filled with “all things outdoors”. We found lots of neat things in here as well as some crazy stuff. We’ll start with some of the creative ideas we found. This guy makes wine holders and vases out of stone. He had wonderful landscape pictures for backyards and incorporating these into people’s decks and patios.
Next, we entered the “lawn art” area. Now this stuff was a bit “sketchy” and most things were made out of metal and some just looked plain old junky and rusty to me. But we managed to find a couple of things we thought were kind of neat. Nate’s always wanted to throw a “Blues & BBQ” dinner with our friends, so he spotted this gem and thought he could hang it up someplace.
We always think of Megan when we see turtles, because they are her favorite . Of course, when Nate took this photo of the two “playful” turtles, I believe he was thinking other things and not Megs.
Speaking of our favorite animals…there happened to be giraffes out here as well…my favorites! They were made of metal, so I didn’t want to touch them and take the chance of needing a tetanus shot, but I did pose with them carefully.
Okay, we had our fill of metal lawn ornaments and moved on to see what else we could find at this market. We walked past musicians, T-shirts, and even coffee shops.
Then we found the puzzle shop. They were selling unique puzzles that peaked our interest. All of the puzzles had a Minnesota theme to them with hidden surprises in the end. We asked what this meant and the man told us…”The pictures on the box aren’t exactly what the puzzle will end up looking like. There are fun images to be found within each puzzle.” Sort of like a “where’s waldo” of Minnesota. You have to find the items listed once you have completed the puzzle. We thought this would be lots of fun and a great family night activity with the girls and their boyfriends this summer. We opted for the 500 piece puzzle, rather than 1,000. We’re rookies!
We finally got to the “farmers” portion of this market and bought a few items that we would later use for dinner. There was lots of herbs, fruits & vegetables, and even meats on hand. Some people were also selling fresh chips and salsas, honey, and of course…lots and lots of flowers on this Mother’s Day.
We ended our day at the Farmer’s Market by stopping at this cute little organic coffee stand. Kelly got a Piña Colada smoothie, Nate got a Latte, and I bought a Chai Tea Latte. We found a table to sit and relax at, while sipping our beverages and taking in the whole market environment around us.
Sadly, the farmer’s market was about to close so we needed to head back home so that we could enjoy the rest of our day. Nate had surprised me with a large, heavy gift that he snuck onto our living room table. It was wrapped in pretty pink paper and Kelly had made a beautiful card to go along side Nate’s card. I had no idea what could possibly be in this, but was very surprised when I opened it up and found 12 bottles of Rosé wine. Nate says it’s our “summer of Rosé’s” supply. What a neat idea and now we can get creative with our summer cooking and have some friends over to share in our bottles.
My mother’s day wasn’t over yet. Kelly and I drove out to the greenhouse to get a couple of plants for the front of the house. We are having her graduation party in June and I realized that I hadn’t gotten them yet. This is a pretty busy day for Mark & Peggy, but we managed to get a little chat time in with them in between customers. Kelly and I told Peggy we were going to get pedicures later on, and she asked Mark if she could go too. He wasn’t all that thrilled about that idea on such a busy day. Sorry Peg, we’ll do it again in your off season.
We brought our plants home and placed them in the planters. I think they will look beautiful by the time the grad party happens.
Kelly and I got relaxing pedicures while Nate was preparing dinner. He made pork kebobs with peppers from the farmer’s market and red onion, and accompanied that with some yellow rice. It looked pretty and tasted fantastic as we dined out on our deck. Of course…we had to opened one of those bottles of Rosé wine as well.
I loved my special day and have Nate & Kelly to thank for that. I was so lucky to have Kelly spend the entire day with me because she is so busy this senior year and I appreciate her taking a day off to hang out with Mom.