Iowa City Vacation


We finally made it back from our long weekend in Iowa City. Though it's nice to be back in our own beds, I have to say, I didn't want the weekend to end. For whatever reason, family time away from home is so much more special. I think it's because we don't have all the distractions of work, cleaning and honey-do lists - we actually get to spend quality time enjoying each other.

The University of Iowa is Stephen's alma mater, so we hit up a lot of his old haunts from back in the day. We had wonderful meals, met up with some old friends and went shopping. We stayed in a wonderful bed and breakfast called the Mission House and had some amazing meals and conversations with the innkeepers. Stella brought her bike and biked her little legs to and from the downtown. I had a run-in with a hermit crab (actually a cicada...not one of my most brilliant moments), we got stuck in several downpours and did I mention shopping?  Ah, it was fabulous.

 The Mission House Bed & Breakfast

I think I may have found my new favorite store. We were walking down the street when I noticed a cute little sign reading "Home Ec Workshop". Well, of course I have Home Ec on the brain with our online class coming up next week, so I noticed it right away. I just had no idea what amazing things I would find inside. My eyes must have bugged out of my head the moment we stepped in, because I was surrounded by the most glorious fabrics, notions and yarn - all in one place! I didn't even know where to start. Since the fam was with me, I knew I couldn't spend much time there, so I made myself leave. But from that moment on, I couldn't stop thinking about it.

 Home Ec Workshop

Well, I ended going back not once, but twice. In fact, the first time I went (sans the family), I actually ran, I was so excited. Me. Run. Ha! Yes, I ran my little TOMS shoes all the way back to the Home Ec Workshop. And I hung out. And looked at fabric. And gazed at the yarn. I knew I wanted some of the beautiful yarn, but I didn't have any projects in mind. So Codi, one of the awesome owners, helped me find a project, and I left with enough yarn to make hats and mittens for Stephen, Stella and I.

Codi was so cool, and we ended up hitting it off right away. Turns out she follows a lot of the blogs that I do, and was even familiar with the Home Ec online class that I'm taking! Finally I was able to gush about all the stuff I love with a real live person! 

Well, the next day, Stephen wanted coffee, so he suggested we go back to the Home Ec workshop. (Did I mention they have coffee and baked goods, too?) I warned him that if he allowed me to go in there again, I wouldn't be able to help myself from spending more money. He was apparently okay with that because we ended up there again, and I stayed true to my promise. This time I focused more on the notions, thinking I'd probably be needing some things for the online class. I ended up with some adorable polka-dotted oil cloth and some cotton webbing and bias tape. I can never find patterned stuff like this, so I felt I'd better stock up when I had the chance.



So now that I'm home, I'm trying to figure out if making a 2.5 hour trip to Iowa City specifically for this store is absolutely crazy. I think it probably is, but I loved it so much. In addition to the wonderful products, the store had a ton of personality, Codi was so great and even the customers were a happy, friendly bunch! All-in-all, it was a fabulous experience. 

How was your weekend?