Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Girls Weekend 2011

This past weekend we had our 3rd annual girls weekend with the girls in my family. My nieces were unable to make it yet again due to a previous engagement with their mom, but we hope they can make it next year!

Morgan and I left home Saturday morning and headed to meet my mom at her place. Due to snow and sleet and my windshield wiper blades continually freezing (resulting in me having to stop to clean them), my typical 20 minute drive was more like a 40 minute drive to my mom's. I have to admit that my stomach sank at the thought of the typical 2 hour drive to my sister's place turning into 4 hours due to the weather, but the roads were much better in the counties south of me and it didn't take much longer to get to her place than usual. YAY!

We made it to my sister's by 10:30 am then made our way to IKEA. It was my first time experiencing IKEA and it was pretty neat! A lot of the furniture and things tended to be more modern than I like, but I LOVED the space saving ideas that I saw while there. Some day I'll go back for them ;-)

After the IKEA shopping trip, we stopped at Jimmy Johns for lunch then headed to the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor. What a neat place!! Morgan just jumped from one thing to another checking EVERYTHING out and it was nice not having to tell her not to touch! LOL!
Experiencing how water moves.
Playing piano and getting exercise at the same time!
Discovering how a toilet works.
Making hand impressions.
Making a bracelet using maritime flags that have been matched up with the letters of the alphabet...Morgan made her name in flags :-)
Morgan's face impression.
The safe way to experience a tornado!
Checking herself out in a wavy mirror.

Next was a stop at Build-a-Bear to use a gift card we had received on some new clothes for Morgan's puppy, Fluffy, that she made the last time we were there. I think Morgan could have bought up the whole store, but we managed to stay within the gift card amount :-)

After Build-a-Bear, was dinner at a place my sister suggested called the Uptown Grille. The food was great and it was a nice way to start winding down for the movie at my sister's place. She had downloaded "The Princess and the Frog" for Morgan, since that was the only Disney princess movie she hadn't seen. (It was okay-didn't care for the voo doo....made it kinda dark.)

The next day was a bit of a lazy day. We hung out at my sister's place discussing wedding plans most of the morning. Before leaving for home, we did some dancing with the Wii Just Dance 2 game. SO MUCH FUN and apparently it works because my arms could feel it the next day! :-)

And that was about it for the weekend. I think the guys all enjoyed themselves while we were gone. Katie's fiance was skiing in Colorado. My dad stayed home and Rich stayed with Blake playing and watching movies nearly the whole time. I think we're all looking forward to another girls weekend again next year! :-)


Cascia said...

It looks like you had a great time. I wish I had time to spend with my children individually like that. They just love that one on one attention.

Have a great day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I remember when you did this last year. IKEA is always fun to go to and walk around at. The museum looks like it was fun. Sounds like the weekend was fun and how nice to hang out with the girls. Talking about wedding plans is fun too!

Nancy M. said...

Wow! Cool pics! Y'all had such fun! I love the idea of that. I really need to find Hunter a hands on museum like that!

Brimful Curiosities said...

That kind of museum always is fun to go to. So many things to explore and look at and such a fun way to learn.

PAM said...

Sounds like a fun get away, and busy too. Glad the roads weren't too bad. My cousin and her family live in Ann Arbor.

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

That sounds like a fun weekend! I love the idea of a "girls weekend" with the kids and not just with adults!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

yeah for Girls weekend, I love you do that!

I love those museums the children one here is one of my favorites to take the boys.

I so need to get the Just dance maybe for my b-day. :)

Alexia said...

FUN! It's not wise for me to visit IKEA because I tend to leave with no money in my pocket Hehe.

I have that children's museum on my list to visit with the boys - it looks really fun!

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