Monday, February 27, 2012

More Mall Madness

What little girl wouldn't love to have her doll's hair done?
 Or take her out for a doll-sized smoothie?
 Another time we window-shopped: Nickelodeon Universe rides.  No, we were not about to pay $30 per child to go one those rides.  Why pay for rides, when you can use your imagination for free, right kids? ;)  (Insert thinking balloons here...."Gee I wish Mom and Dad weren't so cheap...")
 Spongebob and the kids.  Could it be our next Christmas card picture?  I don't think so.
Mark and I were soooooooo malled out by about hour 2.  Hour 3 brought on hunger pangs, and we walked about 6 miles until we found the food court.  (After saying no to another price-gouger: the aquarium.)  Okay maybe it wasn't six miles, but it sure felt like it!!  Even though Minnesota farms were well-kept and the city of Minneapolis (from what we saw of it) was very clean, the prices weren't as tidy.  Everything was OVERpriced, but why not?  It's the biggest mall in America, why not have the biggest prices, right?  So we relinquished to the gods of hunger at Sbarro and picked up a cheese pizza (the cheapest thing we could find)...and I supplemented with snacks from Dollar Tree.  (Yes they actually had a Dollar Tree in the Mall of America! and yes everything in it was a dollar!)
 Rejuvenated by our junk lunch, we had enough strength for at least another hour of window shopping.  We ventured up to the theatre area on 4th floor and got to try out the interactive theater seats in the hall (along with a movie trailer).  Cool beans!
 Why we wasted $2 on the hurricane simulator, I'll never know.  Just in case you need to know what it feels like to be in a hurricane, without actually being in a hurricane.  May God help us to never have to know for real!!
 The Disney Store had projections of movies/scenes on these white trees and high up on the walls.  Our littlest princess made a beeline for the Tangled section.  She gets the biggest kick out of Flynn Rider!
 This was the Build-a-Bear Workshop-slash-rainforest gift shop-slash-restaurant.  Because you can never have enough commercialism with just the sale of stuffed animals.  You have to add t-shirts, moving stuffed animals, water fountains, an aquarium bar and a restaurant to get the full experience.  Did we buy anything here?   You should know me by now.
 This was the kids' first visit to MOA and our second (the first being on our way back from our honeymoon).  Mark and I agreed that we can live without another trip there.  Ironically, the best parts of the trip to Minneapolis were not photographed because our camera battery died (despite my charging the day before we departed).  I will share more in another post...I promise.  Just trust us on this - Lego corporation, please build a store in Wisconsin and MOA, don't keep the lights on for us.  You were nice and shiny and all, but you're just not our scene (and the only reason we went to you was because of the Lego Wonderland Shoparama MoneydroppinMarket)!

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.--Ecclesiastes 5:10


Blogger Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Yikes!!! Thirty bucks per kid to go on those rides??? That sounds insane! It looks like you guys had a fun time! We still haven't been to the MOA. Not sure when we will get a chance to go! LOL!!!!

February 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM  

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