Last week, while I was feeling overly inspired for a Monday, I just couldn't bear the thought of staying at home for the normal routine of cleaning, intermittent blogging and sewing, and refereeing fights between the littles about who gets to hold the roku remote before eventually locking them in the backyard and forcing them to "play."
We needed adventure. Badly. So, I threw on some clothes, told the little bees to brush their teeth and got in the car as quickly as possible. I had no idea where we'd go, but I thought we'd start on Brookside and start searching for new shops. If nothing else, I knew I'd love to see what was new in Ida Red and maybe treat myself to some coffee at Shades of Brown, and maybe stop by Old School Bagel to get everyone cookies. Have you had their cookies? Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Do it. I'm not kidding, and you won't be sorry. Well...you might if you check the scales after consumption, but you won't while you're devouring it. Promise.
I digress (what's new?).
As I pulled off of I-44 onto the Peoria exit, I remembered that Quality Thrift Store was just south of the highway, and took a left. I figured we could pop in there and see if we found any treasures. The fantastic thing about Quality Thrift is that it's in the same shopping center as Route 66 Antiques, Allen's Coney Island and Moreno's Hispanic grocery store. I mean, you've got to be kidding me. It's a smorgasbord of adventure in one little shopping center!!
As soon as we walked in, the littles found the gumball machine. Instant gratification and a note to self I made the right decision to get out of the house that day!
Lucky us! We showed up on the day women's clothing is 99 cents! I bought two $0.99 dresses and one at full price for a whopping $4.99!
I totally wish I could have brought this sofa home with me, but I'm pretty sure my husband wouldn't have it.
I told the boys they could each pick one toy. Alec picked the life sized Candy Land game. The DVD was missing, but there were still all of the little pieces we can spread out to make our own Candy Land to hop around on!
This Backgammon set reminds me of playing Acey Ducey with Grampa Boudiette. I really must play with my brother one of these days and try to remember the rules. Might be an activity to put on the agenda for our upcoming family reunion in Cleveland!
Aidie picked a metal detector to find underground treasures. You can only imagine how psyched he was.
Green Versa File. I fell in love with it and had to get it in my basket. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but it's a treasure.
I think these will be perfect starter pots for my herbs and peppers.
Another delicious treat I wanted to bring home but was sure it would only be met with a rolling of my husband's eyes.
Killer drop waist dress for 99 cents that was about 3 sizes too small. Boo.
Major score - one of my very favorite childhood books! It was a special moment shared with my littles when we got home and I got to sit and read it to them.
1985 Children's Encyclopedias. Again, I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but they were calling my name so I snagged as many from the set as I could find.
The boys sang through a sing along book. Who needs the library? Okay, we LOVE our library, bad analogy. But who knew we'd have a sweet little library moment in the thrift store?!
I didn't see anything I couldn't live without in the record collection, but I almost grabbed the Dean Martin. Not this trip though.
Note to self: Must find some clever crafts to make out of old scratched vinyls.
And watch out for the cowboys coming after you.
After paying for my stash and finding my six year old who'd invented his own "video game," which involved hiding in the clothing racks and jumping from "level to level," we headed north on Peoria and decided to stop at Sonic for an ice cream treat.
No joke, this picture was not staged. This is how he ate his entire ice cream cone.
Then, my ever so thoughtful and introspective Aidan. I think he takes after his mommy.
And since we were on that side of town, I figured we ought to swing by Woodward park and enjoy all the old trees and the shade they offer on a Summer day.
We chased squirrels.
And winding paths.
And rocky stairs.
And found remnants of what looks to have been a lovely proposal with candles and rose petals.
And played on the bridge. I have a picture of me the same age doing this very thing on this very bridge.
We finished our adventure at the swings. I happily rested in the shade, sipping my Sonic drink, with two boys who were not bickering over the roku remote or complaining about how little there is to do at the house.
That adventure was JUST what we needed, and I can't wait to do it again!
Love and Honey,