Saturday, July 11, 2015

Best. Birthday.Ever!

No truer words have been spoken by Kay on her 12th birthday. It truly was the best birthday ever.
To start it off? 4 hours of gymnastics practice, she made caramel apples as a treat and quickly headed home to get changed for her date afternoon with Tracy.

They headed out for an afternoon of surprises.

1st stop - lunch.  Tracy has been dying to take care to the only authentic French bistro in MPLS and it didn't disappoint. They have crepes, gelato, traditional sipping chocolate and even bahn mi sandwiches. The owner is French and Kay ordered a caprese crepe while Tracy had a SUPER spicy tofu siracha bahn mi sandwich. Kay loved all of it and and of course ate all the whipped cream off her hot chocolate 1st:

Next step, quick run to Target for a few things. We totally lucked out and there were handing out free samples in the beauty section and Kay declared them her 1st official presents of the day.  We looked for rompers, tried on hats and even got a picture with Spot (the Target dog).

As we were wandering back to the car, we stopped in the Target Commons Plaza (think of this as a gigantic living room, game room for Target team members) for a game of bean bag toss and a frozen treat. Neither of us could make a score but it was really fun.

Finally, the big surprise .... drum to Donna to get a turquoise strip put in Kay's hair.  We ended up splurging and getting her tips done too. Its hard to see in pictures but really cute in the sunlight. She did a great job of being patient through the bleaching and coloring process and we shared a chia latte. I also got a new cut - Donna calls it shattered. I think its sort of Joan Jett and Jimmy says I look like an '80's pop star. Mission accomplished!

Then, off to dinner at Mirror of Korea where we feasted and feasted and shared updates with Mrs Choi (man is she a good cook!) The kids pictures are all still posted and it so fun to visit, feels like home.        

By the time we got home, it was time for the present scavenger hunt. Tom did a great job of writing out clues and Kay was off at a sprint looking for her gifts (with Billy right behind her). They found them all and the "big" present was the ultimate hit, a professional popcorn maker. 

We closed out the day with red velvet cake, a toast and food network - Diners Drive Ins and Dives.

Seriously, it doesn't get any better than this:)

Kay, you are fierce, funny, strong, brave, creative, loving, generous and a total goofball. We love you!!