Beth's shift today started at 11am, so the boys and I took her into work so that we could have use of the Vue. We hit the Linden Hills area to explore it. There were several kids' shops in the area. We hit Creative Kidstuff (a Twin Cities staple, but our first visit to one) and Wild Rumpus, a fun bookstore with cats, birds (including a little bantam rooster), an iguana, chinchillas, ferrets and other animals (only the cats and the rooster were loose). I wish we had discretionable money to spend at fun local stores like those. Maybe some day . . .
Then it was a trip to Como Zoo. We hadn't really been in the summer before, so we had to take in a Sparky the Sea Lion Show. The park was packed, so we didn't see a lot of the animals--which was fine, we've seen them all before. But we hadn't seen the seasonal butterfly tent. It was a lot of fun--the butterflies just flew around and alighted on us. Of course I forgot to take the camera in--it was with the stroller--so we'll have to get some pictures of the spectacular colors another time.
We also hit the conservatory to see some of the flowers. I'll just let you enjoy the colors without further comment.