Friday night ended up being a blast. We hadn't hung out with our niece, Maddie in way too long and I just love her. Its hard to believe that she is only 13 years old. She looks easily 16 or 17 and she is absolutely beautiful. Plus she still isn't too old to think her aunt and uncle are cool, which I am pretty happy about. My sister Amy was with us too, and I always love hanging out with her.
The fish fry was jam packed. I had no idea that many people were in to fish frys! We couldn't even park anywhere near the building. After we hiked to the school, we got in line. The line wrapped through the hallway, out the entrance area, and all the way out the door. Since we were on a schedule and had to head downtown for the show at the omnimax, we decided to get our food to go (that line was much shorter) and we headed to the park to sit at one of the picnic tables under the pavillion. The weather was beautiful and it ended up being much better then sitting in that crazy cafeteria anyway. I was most impressed with the amount of food they gave you! Each meal came with 2 pieces of fish (fried or baked), corn bread, hush puppies, baked potato (or french fries) green beans, cole slaw, apple sauce and a dessert! I thought it was an unnecessary amount of food, but I guess some people actually eat that much. It was really cool going inside our old grade school seeing how much it had changed. Everything really did seem much smaller then I remembered it. And it really brought back alot of memories for me and Amy.
We really had to hustle to get to the omnimax for the 8:00 showing. The route we normally would have taken was closed down due to highway construction, so we took an alternate route. Unfortunately everyone else that would normally be on the highway, was taking the same route and obviously this road was not accustomed to this volume of traffic. It took forever to get there, and I was afraid we weren't going to make it on time. We parked at the Science Center 10 minutes before the show was supposed to start, we all ran inside, grabbed our tickets from will call and jumped in line just in time. Ofcourse after the fish fry and such a long drive, there's no way (being pregnant and all) that I was going to make it this long without having to use the bathroom. So after we found our seats Amy and I had to run out and take care of that too. Luckily I am the fastest peeer this side of the Mississippi (it took me a while to figure out how to spell "peeer", I'm still not sure about it). We got back just as the show was starting!
All the hustle was definitely worth it. The show was so good. It took you through the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. The omnimax is an incredible place to see a show like this. It really makes you feel like you are there and part of it all. They take you white water rafting and take you through some of the most beautiful places along the river. The message in the film is something everyone should see. It talks about how this river, along with others, are running out of water because of how we handle our environment. It shows us ways to conserve more and take better care of the earth. And all of this to some great music by Dave Mathews.
After the show we walked around the science center a little and checked some things out.
Here's Amy, Joe and Maddie....
Maddie, Me and Amy as construction workers...
After we left the Science Center we headed over to Ted Drewes for some world famous custard. Well, I don't know if its "World Famous", but if it isn't it really should be. The weather was still really nice outside, so we sat down at a bench and ate our custard while we did some people watching. I got an oreo concrete. It was so good. Ofcourse I could only eat half of it, my eyes are always so much bigger than my stomach. Especially since I have been pregnant, I get full so quickly, then I am always hungry again shortly afterward. Amy and Maddie had both never been there before, and they loved it!
So it turned out to be a great evening. It was so nice to get out of the house and enjoy some pretty weather. This winter has really seemed to drag on longer than usual. I think I say that every year though. I swear, if all my family and friends weren't living here, there is no way I would stay. But I would just miss them all way too much.
The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful. Saturday we laid around most of the day relaxing and then we headed over to Amy's house for dinner. Sunday, we pretty much did the same thing all over again. With the addition of our Sunday night ritual of watching Big Love. Amy and I have been watching it since the show started, and even though the show is a little strange, somehow we can't stop. My youngest sister, Erin just recently moved back here, along with her husband, and two kids. They are temporarily living with Amy and her husband, while they find new jobs and a new place to live. Its fun having everyone here. And I am so happy to get to spend so much time with Erin's kids. I will leave you with some pictures I took of her daughters. They are so freaking cute. I am also throwing in one of Daisy and Joe that I took over the weekend.