Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rachel's Day in the City

Rachel had a dentist appointment yesterday. She loves to go to the dentist!
As far as dentists go, is a pretty swanky office. Every chair has it's own TV and DVD player with a long list of movie choices, there are a dozen toothpaste flavor options, and an entire bank of prize machines. And a game room!
And then there is the dentist. Dr. Mike is very handsome and incredibly nice and even has been known to sing along with Frozen while he works on your teeth. Rachel has a little crush on Dr. Mike. I know because she always dresses especially nice when it's dentist day and she speculates whether or not Dr. Mike will notice her outfit and accessories. He always does!

Since we had to go to the city anyway, Rachel and I decided to make a whole afternoon of it. Rachel's idea of a perfect day in the city includes lots of time outside being active, but the beastly heat index prevented anything outdoors. Rae is not much of a shopper and she doesn't get too excited about museums, but she is always ready for an adventure. So we visited some fun places we had never been to before.

The first stop was a salt water aquarium supply store. It was cool and dark and had the most amazing fish and corals and other sea creatures in it!
 The unicorn fish made us laugh!
You could find Nemo all over the place!

My favorite was the nudibranch. It was perhaps two inches long, brilliantly colored, and had some fabulous fringe-like decorations!
This was a pretty amazing shop!
Next, we stopped by a well known local institution that we had never actually tried...
I wish I had a picture of Rachel's face when she realized that I was taking her to a donut shop. She could not have been more shocked! Mom doesn't do donuts. That's a Dad thing. But we did indeed get donuts!
Rainbows in the Dark, Lemon Lift, and Maple Bacon. We split them all and chowed down. And we both agreed that the lemon was the best.
The shop was filled with all sorts of retro kitsch, and we had fun just looking at all the weird stuff inside.
Then it was time for the drum store!

Rae was quite impressed with the giant drumstick display and all the different kinds of drum sets.

Our next stop was a more practical one. Target. Rachel was not particularly happy because "Target isn't fun". That is until we got to the school supply section. The second grade school supply list includes pointed scissors, and she searched carefully until she found the perfect pair.
Rachel spotted a pet store and begged to go there to see the hamsters and lizards and all the other little critters.
Especially the birds. Rae loves birds.

Our last stop of the day was dinner at Rachel's very favorite restaurant. It's a Mongolian style create-your-own-noodle-bowl place where you can watch your dinner cooking on the giant griddle.
There is nothing that makes Rachel happier than a big plate of noodles! It was a perfect end to a perfect Rae Day.

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