Our hotel was very nice, and it was only a 2 minute drive down the road from the Mall of America and IKEA.
And rotate 45 degrees:
The first night we decided to check out the mall. Yep, it's huge! It was just a mall, but it was pretty cool to experience it's massiveness. Also the indoor theme park was pretty cool too.
That first night we went out to eat, then went to Lake Harriet and walked around a bit and happened upon a free outdoor concert.
I found a sweet little bookstore online called The Wild Rumpus that looked fun. And it was. It was AMAZING. I don't have any pictures, but it was the coolest children's bookstore I've ever seen. After that we went to Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream. Delicious.
Mostly it was the ambiance that made the evening so amazing. Twinkle lights, a cool breeze, people mingling on the streets and along the path near Lake Harriet. We also found a fun Trolley Cart that took us up and down part of the lake.
And I saw my dream house.
And then we went to Inception. At 9:45! It was so crazy to be able to do whatever, whenever and not worry about naps and bedtime. Great movie by the way, except that we missed the first 5 minutes. Which I think were pretty pivotal to the whole movie. Oh well, we'll have to see it again.
The next day we went early to the Walker Art Center. Actually we went too early, and the inside wasn't open yet. Oops. But the outdoor sculpture garden was, so we enjoyed 'The Cherry and Spoon' and many other pieces of art, despite the rainy weather.
We then walked across the street where an art festival was going on, and then checked out this cool Basilica.
Apparently it was the first Basilica built in the U.S. It was pretty. And it reminded me of Europe. Then we went to this very fun fabric store, and a vintage shop that was right next door. And then. We had the most DELICIOUS burger ever. It's called a Jucy Lucy, and you can find it at Matt's Bar. This place is a dive. But it has won so many awards, including 'Best Burger' by the Travel Channel. They cook the cheese inside the meat and it comes to you hot and juicy and melty and oh so delicious. There was a line out the door, and we waited, and it was worth the wait. We were a little scared to take any pictures outside.
And last of all, was IKEA! So this couch. We found out at the beginning of our trip that the sectional that we wanted is not carried in stock. I probably should have found that out before we went, but I wasn't 100% sure I wanted it, and needed to sit on it before I could make the final decision. Well, after I decided I wanted it we found out they didn't have it. So we went throughout the store feeling really down and couldn't really enjoy it as much. But we decided to ask down in the loading area for sure if they didn't have it. The guy told us the same story, but to ask if the home shipping could do us a favor and discount the shipping. Well we went down there, and the guy said they have ONE in stock. ONE. And it's only because someone returned it. SWEET! So it took about 2 hours of waiting for them to find it and work it out and everything, but they had it! And we bought it.
Then Ross, the Master of Packing, was able to fit the entire sectional in/on our car.
And there you have it! It was a blast. THE END.