“Guess who’s back?”

We got back from Omaha this evening. Rather than do a long-winded recap of the weekend’s events, here are a few (and by a few, I mean a lot) highlights, even some of our meals:

Inga (the youngest of Jay’s 2 younger sisters) opted for make-your-own-mini-pizzas Saturday night after we arrived. I went for a simple cheese pizza:

I should’ve taken a picture of Mike’s bar, because it’s pretty sweet-looking, and it’s well-stocked. After pizza came cocktails:

Coke and American Honey (I think). It was tasty.

We were going to attempt the Omaha Zoo on Sunday, but it poured pretty much until 9 o’clock at night. We went to the Strategic Air and Space Museum instead. If you’re into military aircraft and such, it’s pretty cool:

The main reason we went was to see Anakin Skywalker’s pod racer, because I am married to and am also raising a Star Wars fanatic:

The bambino got most excited about the helicopters that were on display:

Any time he sees a “ell-copter,” he’ll start singing the theme to “M*A*S*H,” which is both adorable and semi-troubling (Random aside: Until Marilyn Manson did a cover a few years ago, I had no idea the theme even had words, never having seen the movie).

Once we made our way back, it was just about dinnertime, so Mike fired up the grill:

And Inga got out the sangria slush she’d put together the night before:

And after the little ones went to bed, the adults headed out to the front deck to watch fireworks (the block up from where Inga & Mike live apparently has an annual block party, and they pull out all the stops for the 4th of July, neverminding the fact that fireworks are apparently illegal to set off within Omaha city limits). And there was more booze:

Some fancy tequila that isn’t technically tequila (like champagne that’s technically sparkling wine). It smelled fruity and delicious, but it burned going down (in a good way–Not like moonshine, which smells like acetone and burns like acid).

I was slightly afraid when I was taking this picture that I was going to drop the bottle (and no, before anyone asks, I was not drunk). Luckily that didn’t happen.

Jay opted to go to bed shortly after I took this.

And about a half hour later, I did too, but Inga & Mike stayed up (I assume) till the fireworks were done (and Inga, if you want your picture taken off the blog, just let me know & I’ll remove it ASAP).

This morning looked to be okay weather-wise, so we tried the zoo again. Of course, halfway there, the rain started up again, but we figured that most of the stuff we wanted to see was indoors anyway.

My favorite area is the aquarium, although the first area we went to was all the nocturnal creatures–My least favorite exhibit. I don’t like not being able to see, and I don’t care for a lot of the things that come out after dark. The bambino said his favorite thing was seeing the tigers:

Last year when we went, he fell asleep by the time we got to the Cat Complex. I am glad he was awake this time, even if the tigers were the only big cats that were awake:

I think there was a leopard that was awake, but all the rest were zonked out in their respective cages. No matter. By that point, we were ready to head back, get packed up and get back on the road home. And after a quick stop in Sioux Falls, we got in just before 8!

Inga & Mike were awesome hosts (as always), and we all had a great time! I’ve got a busy day ahead of me tomorrow…I’m FINALLY going grocery shopping tomorrow, and then I’m heading back to Sioux Falls to do some clothes shopping and some gift shopping for a certain husband who shares a birthday with Patrick Stewart and Harrison Ford. I’m so excited to sleep in my own bed tonight, it’s not even funny!