This morning we got up bright and early to head to the Pepper Place Farmer's Market downtown. We've been wanting to go since we found out about it last year. Not only is it a great little farmer's market, full of locally grown fruits, vegetables, spices and flowers, but it's also on site of an old Dr. Pepper bottling building, so there are tons of Dr. Pepper signs everywhere, which of course Ben loves.
They have live music, chef demonstrations, and artists selling their material. It was hot, crowded, and full of gorgeous colors, hand made signs, and all sorts of fabulous eye candies for me to take photos of. Here are a few of my favorites:
Even better than the photos, we came home with peaches, tomatoes, red peppers, blackberries, and honey. Great way to start the day. We were home by 10:20 am and still had a whole day left to enjoy!
- Basic Grey Patterned Paper
- assorted buttons
- Mod Podge
- red cardstock
- ribbon by Chatterbox
This afternoon, Rachel graciously offered to watch Ayla so that Ben and I could join Josh, Zach and Janel at the theater for U23D. We'd planned to go a couple of weeks ago for Zach's birthday, but it kept getting bumped back because of Hannah Montana in 3D...I guess she's more popular around here. Especially since there were only about 10 people in the theater this afternoon...including the 5 of us!
This has been a fun art project that was inspired by a MOPS meeting about geneology a few weeks back. Thanks for the inspiration Patricia! Now I have to install the family tree software and get a more detailed (and accurate) tree going on my computer....another ongoing project to add to my list...
In my family tree art project research, I ran across this photo:
How stinkin' cool would THIS be on a wall of your house? Wow...
Today was gorgeous: 76 degrees, sunny, and perfect. Yes, that's right all you Minnesota folks, Ben was wearing shorts today! Hard to imagine, I'm sure, but it happened. Anyhow, since it was so gorgeous we decided to take Ayla to the zoo this afternoon. It was Ben's first visit, and we had a great time walking around, seeing the animals and enjoying the weather.
And next, we saw the evasive cheetah for the first time! According to my sister-in-law Janel, the cheetah is NEVER out where you can see it, and they had begun to think it wasn't even there at all. He was there today, sleeping right in the middle of his area, plainly visible. So I'm wondering if in the mornings (when Janel & the boys usually go to the zoo) if he's got a routine where he hides. We were there from about 1:30 - 3:30 in the afternoon today. Could be...in any case, we got to see him and we took a photo for proof that he was there: