Another "win" for mom today* and it all started with cleaning the garage. We all chipped in (except Ethan who, by 9:30, had still not eaten breakfast) and got things put away and thrown away and swept up.
Then it was off to Fizz, a new-fashioned soda fountain on Belmont and NE 34th. The kids loved it. They mix up your soda right in front of you using pure cane sugar syrups and soda water. Jonah and Isaac both got floats: Jonah's is a chocolate peanut butter soda with chocolate ice cream while Isaac had the Blue Raspberry with vanilla ice cream. Ethan and I just had soda. I got a blood orange, which was super yummy, and Ethan got the blue raspberry, which tasted like melted, blue Otter Pop. So, it was delicious.
The boys browsed the candy section and spent some of their money and made me promise to bring them back soon.
Parking around Fizz was almost non-existent and I felt lucky and a little suspicious to find a spot several blocks away. After all, why was that one spot available? Was there some "tow-away-zone" sign I didn't see? But the car was there when we got back and Ethan and Jonah posed with this flier for me. I only had to remind them about the delicious soda I'd recently purchased for them to get them to comply.
Then it was across the river to Powell's. I had a few books to sell but they only bought two out of six, netting me a whopping $4.20 in store credit. But $4.20 is $4.20. Each of the boys picked out a book, and I picked out a Jell-o cook book. And I couldn't resist the pad of fold and mail stationery. Oh, and I also couldn't resist the reusable Powell's shopping bag.
Finally we stopped by Voodoo. Ethan was not looking forward to the visit because of the legendary long lines. And because rain was threatening. But when we drove up, not only was there no line in sight, there was also a parking spot right in front. (We waited for the homeless guy to wash his hands in the gutter before getting out of the car.) Eight donuts later, we headed home to our clean garage.
(Can't say the same for the house. Or the goldfish bowl.)
Now I just have to figure out what to do tomorrow.
*Yesterday we spent three and a half hours at John's Incredible Pizza.