On Friday night we went out to dinner. Fogo de Chao might seem like a strange place for a 4 year old, but it was restaurant week in Minneapolis and Owen eating there doesn't cost a thing--kids under 5 are free! Owen enjoyed Fogo, even though he isn't much of a meat guy. He did love their steak and had several helpings of various sides, including a quinoa salad (I now need to figure out how to make this because he loved it). We ended up with a great table that had several views--meat roasting on spits with a huge fire (Owen must have signed "hot" about a thousand times that night) and the corner of the busy Minneapolis city street with lots of opportunities to people watch and see cars, trucks, and bikes. His favorite part of the meal? Dessert! How could you not love the layered chocolate cake?!
|Oh yes, the spoon helped me eat the most delicious dessert ever.|
On Saturday night, the Twins took on the Cleveland Indians. When we ordered the tickets, we got some of the cheapest seats available and they happened to be on the right field foul line at the very top of the stadium--literally last row. The wind was really whipping around that night, so any pictures I took have our hair in some pretty wild positions. We decided to go the park early and let O take in batting practice. We figured if we could let him get used to the noise as the crowd gradually came into the park, he might actually enjoy himself. Best decision we've made in a long time--he LOVED batting practice and got mad when they stopped. He was much happier when the game started up again. The only time when he got upset was during the National Anthem and that's because they shot off rockets and they were loud. He cried for a quick minute and then he was fine. He wasn't upset by the speakers either--they were in use when we arrived, so he got used to them being on. He enjoyed some ball park food (of course, lots of fries!), clapped when everyone else did, sat his own seat, shook his little bum when various music came on, and even made a new girlfriend with the middle schooler at the end of our row. The game was rather boring (not much action and no scoring while we were there), so by the 5th inning, his interest was waning, so we decided to take off.
|I'm having fun even if my hair looks silly|
|Mom's 2 favorite people|
|Hooray! Baseball is great!|
I can tell he had a lot of fun and it was a really enjoyable experience for the hubs and I too. I'm excited for Owen because he does love ball and I think he would enjoy going to other ball games--baseball and other sports--in the future. We're planning to test that theory next month by taking in another baseball game......we'll see how that goes!