June & July 2019 August 04 2019
June and July were very busy months as summer kicked into full swing! We spent a lot of time with family and friends, crossed off more things on our "wedding to-do list", and took the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the days when we could.
Shawn's birthday is in early June and I took the day off to spend with him. We went for a nice bike ride around Como Lake and ended the day with dinner over on Main Street at Hideaway Burger Bar in the St. Anthony Main neighborhood with my parents and his parents. It was a beautiful summer night and the food was great!
Summer is the perfect time to attend events and explore new breweries! Our goal was to get outside as much as possible, and to take Frankie out and about as well! We attended the Dogs and DJ's event at Utepils Brewing in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. Frankie jammed out to some tunes (and made new friends!) while we enjoyed a nice beer in the backyard patio. We also made a stop at Able Seedhouse in NorthEast Minneapolis for an afternoon beer and to use our Sidewalk Dog Brewery Pass. We went to Urban Growler for lunch with my parents and checked out the Summer Buzz Craft Show. Afterwards, we stopped at Bang Brewing for a beer under their nicely shaded patio. Sociable Cider Works hosted the MPLS Vintage Market in June and even though it was a little cloudy and cool, the event was well attended and Frankie had a blast meeting a lot of people! We made a couple of visits to Pryes Brewing in Minneapolis and we attended the Save-A-Bull Summer Brewery Tour night at Indeed Brewing and enjoyed a lovely evening out on the patio. Using our Sidewalk Dog Brewery Pass even more, we checked out Union 32 in Eagan, as well as enjoying some time on Summit's patio in St. Paul. We made sure to celebrate National Donut Day with coffee and donuts at the Finnish Bistro. And we made it to Lake Monster for a nice patio night and pizza! Headflyer was also an evening visit one week with patio time and we ventured to White Bear Lake to Big Woods Brewery as well.
We celebrated with both of our families for Father's Day. With Shawn's family we went to the Pryes Brewing Block Party and then went for a nice walk along the river to a park all the nieces and nephews could play at. Frankie had his first ice cream experience with a pup cup from MN Nice Cream - he loved it! On Father's Day, my dad and I got coffee and donuts and then went to the airport to watch the planes land from the viewing area. It turned out to be a nice sunny day and we met up with mom and Shawn at Bang Brewing for beer and brick oven pizza.
Shawn's side of the family hosted a very lovely bridal shower in July with yummy food and a fun mimosa bar! It was a great day with some wonderful women and I'm so excited for our upcoming wedding (under 80 days as I write this!)
We took Frankie to the Minneapolis Pride Festival and walked around Loring Park. Additionally we went to Stillwater to pick out our wedding rings and had a beer at Maple Island Brewing to celebrate!
We went to the farmer's market at Keg & Case in St. Paul one Saturday, as well as the Como Zoo with our friend Dan. We checked out all the fancy cars at the Wheels of Italy event at Pazzaluna in downtown St. Paul in July.
Lots of cards headed out the door to various customers and shops!