sparklin’ fireworks

“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.” – Kally, 9
Should I tell you about my weekend, or write about the gorgeous sunset descending upon Minneapolis right now?  Would you mind if I avoided both subjects and wrote about what’s on my heart?
Thing is, I spent the weekend adventuring with my husband, and I’m sitting here wishing the weekend could go on and and on and on (and on).  Would they call that a perma-weekend?
My weekend plans for vineyard tours and pizza farm dinners came crashing down when the forecast revealed 48-hours of thunder, lightning and rain.  Maybe not a big deal in the South, but we cherish our sunny days up here in the Midwest.
Jon, a sweetheart and hard-worker extraordinaire,  dislikes the rain even more than I do (truth), and we half-heartedly planned a weekend of indoor picnics and House of Cards.
Then my creative mind ran the numbers:  Minneapolis enjoys warm weather May-October, and that means we only have  24 weekends to enjoy activities out-of-doors (and free of snow).  Rain or shine, I decided we were going to have fun adventuring in the countryside.
Rain poured, pit-pat-pit-pat, as we drove 2-hours to a vineyard Midsummer’s Eve party.  Touring a vineyard in a rainstorm? Sounds crazy, right?  Well, maybe, but we stopped five different times (interesting barns and tractors begged for a visit), and we had adventures (taste-testing taffy and flavored-pop) all the way up to St. Croix Falls.  And when we got there?  You guessed it- the rain stopped.
Summer is too warm and wonderful (are those words synonyms?) to let slip away, and so we made plans for July and August on the drive home.  Lucky you, I created a graphic of our conversation:
And that quote at the beginning?  It has little to do with anything in this post, but I’m famous for mixing and mashing thoughts.  That said, I came across some endearing thoughts about love:

“Eighty-four! Because at that age, you don’t have to work anymore, and you can spend all your time loving each other in your bedroom.”      -Carolyn, 8

“Many daters just eat pork chops and french fries and talk about love.” -Craig, 9

“You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a big ring and her own VCR, ’cause she’ll want to have videos of the wedding.” -Allan, 10

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.” -Greg, age 8

20 thoughts on “sparklin’ fireworks

  1. We went to the grand opening of the Metro Green Line even though it was raining. It was a fun adventure for our little family. After that, we had a candlelit dinner at my parents’ house because their power went out from the storm. Even though it rained all day yesterday and we had big plans for spending time outdoors, we made the most of it and ended up having a great day. Glad you had a great adventure in the rain, too.

  2. Those quotes are so incredibly sweet! And I’m glad the sunshine peeked through for you two eventually, so great to get out and enjoy the weekend, regardless of the weather 🙂

  3. I love that you just decided to drive despite the rain, and I love even more that you made all of your fun stops. I think your bucket list is a very good one for summer!

  4. YES!! I live in Washington state, which is pretty notorious for rain (WE DO have great weather still!!) so we learn to deal with it and work around it!! What a BLAST of a weekend.

  5. These quotes are awesome. I wonder how different our relationships as adults would be if we spoke with such candor 😉 You and Jon always have a way of making the very best out of any situation. You are both an inspiration.

    And your summer bucket list looks awesome. I am reminded of a Hawaiian Luau that we hosted many years ago in our backyard: tiki torches, grass skirts, grilled Hawaiian kabobs, island music, and a blender of fruity concoctions being consumed all day long. Ahh, the memories 🙂

  6. Love the quotes from kids!! It’s true – they do say the darndest things.

    I am so glad that you were able to enjoy a nice weekend despite the forecast! I’d say that’s an example of the power of positive thinking!

  7. Sounds like the perfect weekend! I’m so glad our wedding is over so that we can enjoy weekends full of adventures. It’s about time for me to find some sales and stock up on furniture!

  8. This sounds so lovely! Now I want to go to a farm for pizza! My husband and I made a list of things we want to do this summer while we have weekends together. Some things that made the list are starting to play tennis and biking together on a tandem bicycle. So far we’ve had a lot of amazing things going on this summer and it is so much fun! Now it is going to be harder to get him out of the house with the World Cup going on. 🙂

    Love all the quotes you used. 🙂

  9. I love that you got out and played in the rain! And I’m loving your summer bucket list- I laughed when I saw this, I just finished mine up this weekend and have it set to post on wednesday. You have so many fun ones I didn’t think of- bonfires and the zoo? So much fun!

  10. I love your mix-mashing of thoughts. It makes things more interesting and spontaneous 🙂 Looks like quite the lovely weekend! I so know how those Sunday afternoons of wishing the weekend could just go on and on feel. At least you can look back at the pictures 🙂

  11. I’m all for adventure–even slightly damp adventures! We had to carry an umbrella around and almost froze to death during our weekend in Chicago a couple months ago but it was still pretty blissful! 🙂 Those quotes from kids about love are AWESOME.

  12. Sounds like such a fun weekend!! And I love your bucket list. I hear you about summer being too short…it’s SO short here too. Glad it stopped raining for you guys!

  13. I love this. I’m reading your post whilst sitting in my office at work. The winter rain is pouring outside (we have a storm warning today and I can hear thunder) and Aaron and I are due to go out for dinner tonight. I’ve half been sluggish this afternoon… thinking that I’d rather stay home on the couch… but this post has completely changed my point of view. We’ll have a snuggly car adventure and then run, hand-in-hand, through the raindrops to our destination and drink wine by the fireside. Glad that you both had a wonderful weekend (and that the rain stopped eventually) xxx

  14. I love how you view the weekend time of good weather. I’ve never really thought of that, and often spend rainy weekends indoors. I live in Massachusetts, so we have winter for what seems like 1/2 the year. Thanks for the reminder to really enjoy the free time in any season, regardless of the weather.

    The Midsummer’s Eve party sounds great, and the pictures from your weekend are lovely 🙂

    PS – I 100% support perma-weekends!

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