So, last weekend, some of my awesome cousins -- Holly, Dianne, Colene, and Chelsey -- came to visit and I think I can speak for everyone (based on the emails I've gotten over the past few days from them) that we all had a blast! I was a little worried when, days before they got here, the rule was set: What happens in Maple Grove stays in Maple Grove. If you've been here, it's not exactly Vegas... so what were they planning to do?! Let's face it, though - my family enjoys a good party. And we're good at it. That being said, this is the for-public-consumption version of the story and we're stickin' to it.
So, after GC for lunch, MGM for shopping, sculpture garden, target, and a visit with Mary (we're on a first name basis now), we went to a restuarant I really like called Spill the Wine. And this, I think, was the turning point from really fun to hilarious and awesome. And this is also where Kate joined in and it was great to see her! We had appetizers, wine, a couple of us had dinner, a few of us had wine. I'm not pointing fingers. And we had conversation and laughs, and it was a good chance for us all to get to know each other a little better, too... outside of a standard holiday.
Spill the Wine was fun, but it's not a party place. It's a wine bar and it would be weird if someone got up to start dancing. So, we headed off to our next destination - Psycho Suzi's, which recently moved into a new location and I haven't been to the new site, yet. But according to their website, they have 3 themed bars and a couple of my friends have told me how awesome it is there.
Apparently it's really SUPER awesome because when we go in the vicinity there were cars everywhere and nowhere to park my awesome van. We drove around. And around. And then parked a few blocks away to call Kate -- we needed a new plan.
So, we headed to the Gasthof - a German restuarant/bar that's pretty popular... you've probably heard of it or maybe you've been there. When we walked in, the entire dining room was singing and it's a really fun atmosphere -- but we spent most of the time downstairs.
- Picture this: lots of young people (under 80) hanging out in the basement of a building to listen to (and often dance) to polka music. On purpose. Having fun. And drinking. And then the band plays AC/DC Shook me all night long - polka-style.
I don't have many photos to share, because by this point the rule had kicked in - and was extended to to be What happens in the Minneapolis-area... Don't worry, though - nothing illegal, and nothing highly inappropriate. And maybe we just want to leave a little to the imagination. :) So I'll leave you with this:
And then we went home and had pizza.
Thanks for coming, girls! Until next time... ziggy zaggy, ziggy zaggy, hoi hoi hoi!