Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mini-golf, chores & more vacation pics

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time then it almost goes without saying that we're a family that's always going. I'd rather let dishes sit in the sink and do something fun with my family - not just because its more fun, but because in reality, in 10 years, my kids will remember that we did fun things together like mini golfing and not so much that the kitchen smelt just a tiny bit when we got home.

Any day that Jay has off is no exception. We plan our evenings out with far more activities than can be realistically done in just a few hours. But some part of us knows that we aren't really going to run all over town and get home in time to give the kids baths, but we plan like we're going to anyway and aren't all that disappointed when they don't all happen. We're compatible that way.

Yesterday was the last day of Jay's vacation. And for a change, we didn't plan so much as to be laughable, but we definitely did our share of running.

I got home from work and Jay went to get his hair cut. When he got home we went to Red Robin for dinner. After that we ran to the store so Jay could pick up some wiring thing for the trailer he bought on Sunday, then we all went mini golfing.

I wish I had brought my camera with me - but it went as well as you'd expect with two small kids. The weather was beautiful and we were lucky that there wasn't another group immediately behind us. We tried to keep Will busy and off the putting greens and out of the water, and for the most part we succeeded. Nick cheered "I WON! I WON!" every time he got the ball in the cup, regardless as to how many strokes it took him to get it there. Oh, and he doesn't completely understand that you're not supposed to pick up the ball and move it to a more favorable location before hitting it, either. But that'll come.

After all of that, we stopped for ice cream on the way home and still had the kids in bed by 9. We finally got through all the laundry from our trip, and I even cleaned the bathroom and got clean sheets on the bed. This morning, I organized and uploaded the rest of the pics from our trip and ones we took at home afterward.

I think I need a nap.

So, without further ado, here are more pics from leg #2 of the Great Fantastic Summer Vacation of Aught-eight (cuz I realized there were many more than I shared yesterday) which was up by my Dad's place in Phillips.

Fishing with Daddy

Fishing with Daddy

Wisconsin Concrete Park, 5
This was at the Wisconsin Concrete Park - kind of a weird place, but something nice (and free) to do with the kiddos.

Wisconsin Concrete Park, 3

Wisconsin Concrete Park, 1

The artist, Fred Smith, was illiterate, but this description was posted next to Ms. Jawea:
Wisconsin Concrete Park, 1a
Want to see more photos? Check out those from our Fourth of July celebration and from earlier in this trip.


lovelylalo said...

That is cool, something free to do with the kids is always good.

Ashley said...

Wow! That's soo cool!

And, for the mini golf thing... Wait...we aren't allowed to move the ball around and then hit it? Wait, what? (jk)

Ashley from BossSanders.com

Suzie said...

Good for you down with dishes life is for LIVING!

The Butterfly Catcher said...

Whew!! I think that I may need a nap after reading about how much you crammed into one day!!! Good Job! And great Homekeeping Philosophy!

Marni's Organized Mess said...

How cool!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Always fun to do the minigolf. That commentary of his on the Sacajawea stature is pretty funny stuff. I love coming across oddities like that.

The Apron Queen said...

Looks like a fun trip. About the apron, I think you'd look cute in Lederhosen! :)

Melissa said...

That concrete park looks fun!

happyathome said...

You go girl! Better out and about than just sitting in the house playing video games or watching TV!
BTW, nice blog. Stop by sometime, I am tackling an outhouse!

Christy said...

Damn! You guys are super busy. I feel the same way about house work. I would much rather be spending my time having fun with my family.

Claudia said...

I ALWAYS need a nap, LOL!

Jessie said...

Those are great pictures!

wfbdoglover said...

Kinda reminds me of the "witches house" in Bayside/Fox Point on Beach Drive. Her "art" was made of those types of large figures.