On Saturday, we dropped Matt off at work, and went to check out downtown Iowa City. In the middle of downtown, there is an outdoor "pedestrian mall" The streets are lined with trees, restaurants, have live music, farmers' markets, art and jazz festivals and the public library, which I might add is one of the best I've been to.
That day, there was a "Sand in the City" competition with sand sculptures and a huge pile of sand for kids to play in. (not quite the ocean, but hey, still cool!)
There was also an art, craft and food market where locals sell their homemade goods. (I may have signed up for a booth for next month's...ugh...what was I thinking!) It was so much fun to walk around downtown with the live music and happy kids in the stroller.
A few hours later, I dropped the kids off at a friend's house (yes, can you believe it? I've already made good friends. yipee!) And I went to pick Matt up from work and drive 2 hours to Des Moines to see DEF LEPPARD. Matt has always wanted to see them and they were playing up at the internationally acclaimed Iowa Sate fair, which by the way is on the list of New York Times 1000 places to visit before you die.
We only got a glimpse, but the place was packed. The big thing this year at fairs is I guess, DEEP FRIED BUTTER? Really? Disgusting...
The concert was great. Heart opened and played maybe three too many songs, but was entertaining. Def Leppard was great, too. The highlight for me was watching their one-armed drummer jam out. There was a lot of 80s- ness going on that night!!!
The best part was getting an 8 hour date with Matt. And having friends who let us pick up our kids at 1:30 am! It felt like we were young again! haha :)
What a great day to be in Iowa.