Weekend Happenings

On Friday, we all left early due to the gorgeous fall weather and it was so nice to kick off the weekend at 3pm!

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I went for a walk immediately upon arriving home and then we headed out for our date night! 

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We went out to dinner to celebrate my new job! We were seated out on the covered patio and it was so nice to eat outside! I'm not usually a fan of chain restaurants, but if you're in the Twin Cities area, Ridgedale just opened a new location of The Cheesecake Factory and it's significantly less busy than the one at Southdale! 

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I went with the Greek salad for my entree and then we ordered dessert as part of our celebration. This red velvet cheesecake was so good, and I'm not usually a cheesecake person! 

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The restaurant that we were at was attached to the mall, so we walked around inside for a bit afterwards. Isn't this the cutest wrapping paper?! We really enjoyed checking out all of the Christmas items at Hallmark -- it's hard to believe that season is already almost upon us! 

I met with my small group on Saturday morning to discuss the chapters of our book over coffee and donuts. I was feeling really exhausted and almost skipped it, but I'm so glad that I went because the girl time ended up being exactly what I needed! 

After small group, I headed over to my sister's house to watch her girls while they went to a wedding. We colored, baked apple cake, played with glow sticks, made a wreath out of leaves, and ended the night watching Cinderella. It was a busy day, but it was so fun to spend the day with them -- they're at such fun ages! 

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On Sunday, I went for a long hike on a nearby trail -- the weather was perfect and it felt so good to get some fresh air and exercise! 

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My audiobook expires tomorrow so I figured a long hike was a good way to finish it! 

Afterwards, I swung by my sister's house to use her shopvac to give my car a good cleaning before winter! There's nothing like having a perfectly clean vehicle! Before heading out, my niece and I picked some veggies from their garden and I went home with two big bags of carrots, radishes, lettuce, green beans, mint, and more! 

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The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and gearing up for the week ahead! I felt like this past weekend was a good one -- full of so many of my favorite things! 

PS I'm linking up with Biana today.

Do you have a garden?
Favorite dessert?
Brownies or ice cream are mine!