What a weekend! As I mentioned, yesterday was Jerry's and my 11-year wedding anniversary. He was supposed to work all day, but on Friday, he asked his boss if he could possibly have the day off. Eventually, his boss agreed. We didn't have big plans, but I wanted to do something to celebrate.
My mom took the kids for the night. Neither Jerry nor I was very hungry at dinnertime, so we decided that instead of going out to dinner, we'd just use that money to play Keno instead. We walked to the bar, where we split an appetizer and had a couple of drinks while we played Keno.
I've only ever played a four-spot Keno card (where you pick four numbers, and if you match two or more, then you win). Last night, I decided to try my luck at seven-spot (you pick seven numbers, but you need to match at least three to win something). Turns out, my luck was terrible at the seven spot! We only won half our money back. But we don't really play Keno thinking we're going to win big, so it was no big deal. We had a lot of fun!
Today, Jerry's employer treated the employees and their families to a Tigers game. We put on our Tigers gear, and took the kids into Detroit for their first-ever Tigers game.
The game started at 1:00, and once we got there and found our seats, I couldn't believe how hot it was. The sun was directly overhead, and I was so sweaty within seconds. Our seats were facing west, so there wasn't any hope of getting shade.
After a couple of innings, I could see that Noah and I were starting to burn. It hadn't even occurred to me to bring sunscreen! The kids were pretty miserable in the heat, so we talked about leaving, but it was only the second inning. Instead, we went down to the lowest level, and stood and watched some of the game there. It actually felt really nice when we weren't in the direct sun. By the seventh inning, the Tigers were down by 7 runs, and Eli was totally ready to leave. Noah wanted to stay, so Jerry and Noah stayed for the rest of the game, and Eli and I went outside the stadium to wait.
We found a nice spot to sit on the grass under a tree, where we just people-watched. We really enjoyed that more than the game, I think! There were some street performers and lots of people leaving the game.
It was really nice to sit and chat with Eli while Jerry and Noah were still at the game. Eli showed me his loose tooth, and it was definitely ready to come out. I gave him some napkins from my purse and told him to try pulling it. He worked on wiggling his tooth, and right after Jerry and Noah came out of the stadium, Eli pulled his tooth out. That's his FIFTH tooth to come out in about three weeks. The last two he pulled himself. He's now missing three on top and two on bottom.
When the game let out, we noticed there were a TON of people lined up outside of Ford Field, which is next to Comerica Park (where the Tigers game was). After seeing that 95% of the people in line were scantily-clad teenage girls, we discovered that there was a concert for a boy band called "One Direction" (I'd never heard of them, but Noah told me who they are). It was actually really funny to see all the girls going crazy. There were quite a few pink limos full of girls, too ;)
Rather than try to fight the traffic to leave right away, we walked through Greektown about a mile to Pizza Papalis for dinner. It was already nearly 6:00, and we were all starving. Seeing that area of Detroit was actually very nice! Some areas of the city feel really unsafe, but the area we walked today wasn't bad at all. We saw a few street performers, and there was one man that the kids especially liked. He stood extremely still, and then if you put a tip in his box, he'd "come to life" and act like a robot. It was hilarious to just watch people walk by, and they didn't even notice him until he started moving right as they walked past. Several women screamed or gasped when they realized he was a real person.
The whole day ended up being lot of fun. I was worried when we first got to the park and it was SO hot, but we did what we could in the situation, and all of us ended up enjoying the day. We didn't get home until about 7:30, so it was a long day!
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