Hanging With Dad

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And Off To Dinner We Go

Thursday, May 29, 2014

     Well Chris and I finally went out on our first date since he’s been home.  It was so nice to get out without the kids!  I love them to death but every mommy needs their break, and I NEVER have one!  So after getting his mom to watch Banner and Chloe, then texting mom to see if she would watch Audrey; we rushed to get dressed and get out the door.  We dropped Audrey off at moms, and I changed my outfit, and put on a pair of nice heels, and grabbed my clutch (yep I only have one lol).  Then off we went for some fun and some much needed alone time!
    First we went out to eat at Dakota’s Roadhouse.  We got a blooming onion for an appetizer.  Then I had a steak, baked potato, and sautéed mushrooms, and Chris had fried catfish, a baked potato and sautéed mushrooms.  I got two dragonfly blood drinks (which were amazing!!!), and Chris had a Miller light.  Chris wasn’t crazy about the catfish, but mine was amazing!  Overall the food was amazing, and we left stuffed!
    After that we went to a thrift store in town where I previously dropped things off to sell, to see if I had any money on my books.  I only had $3 so I left it, and we looked around the store.  We saw a beautiful wedding dress for only $75 the only thing wrong was the zipper was broke.  I decided to try it on for fun, and it was so beautiful!  It was one of the big poofy ones with a big long train.  If we would’ve had the extra money I would’ve gotten it.  But we decided we didn’t see anything we really wanted so we left.
     It was such an amazing evening, and if it would’ve ended like that I would’ve been so happy.  But it didn’t, it only got better!  On our way home we saw a whole bunch of kids toys sitting out by someone’s trash.  So we decided to stop and check it out.  Someone must’ve been cleaning their house, on one side was real trash, and the other was stuff for people to take if they wanted.  So we grabbed all kinds of stuff, now of course nothing was in perfect condition.  But with three kids, I don’t much care as long as it’s safe.  We got a Radio Flyer tricycle, a small Huffy bike with training wheels, three trash bags full of toys, a container I’m going to use to put toys in outside, a Spiderman ride on toy, and a childrens basketball hoop!  I was so excited, I just can’t believe some of the things people through away instead of donating it or giving it to someone who needs it.  I mean there is nothing terribly wrong with any of these toys!
    When we got home Banner was very happy to see all the new toys, and when Audrey came back home she was very excited too!  I’m so glad that Chris and me had a great time together, and got to put smiles on our kids’ faces too!  What a great night!  Have you ever found something great someone was going to throw away?

Healthy Kids Day At The YMCA

Friday, May 23, 2014

     Our local YMCA was hosting a free Healthy Kids Day last weekend, so Chris and I decided we would take the kids and see what it was about.  We are so glad we did, we had a great time together as a family, and it was so much fun to watch the kids try new activities!  Plus we scored tons of freebies (which I love lol)!
     We weren’t sure what to expect so I dressed everyone in comfortable clothes (T-shirts, gym shoes, shorts, and everyone took a jacket just in case).  After we got there the lady told us if we brought swimming suits that we could go swimming so next time I’ll be bringing swimming suits, and also workout shorts for Chris and I so we can take turns using the gym).  But still everyone had a blast, and they had so many great activities for the kids to enjoy and booths to look at. 

Some of the great activities the kids got to try was, dancing classes, a bouncy house, planting sunflower seeds, making a craft, getting their faces painted, seeing a fire truck, doing a martial arts type class, and hitting punching bags.   We also got tons of free stuff including packages of cookies, Kellogg’s breakfast shake mix, loafs of bread, crayons, stickers, tons of pens and pencils, coloring books, and tons of great snacks.  I also entered several giveaways while we was there, and a couple days later I got two calls that I had one items (a $15 Kroger gift card, and a jumbo pool noodle).

    We had so much fun spending time together as a family, and it was all free other than the gas to get there (all the snacks held the kids over until we got home and had a cookout).  The most important part is that the kids had a great time!  Audrey and Banner discovered that they loved dancing class, and we are considering putting them in one.  What fun, free activities are you and your family enjoying this spring?  I would love to hear about them!

Racing To The Fireworks

Monday, May 19, 2014

    The race tracks in our town opened up last night.  So they were going to put on fireworks to celebrate the opening.  They do fireworks for 4th of July too, and everyone in our town parks along the road and sits in the grass, to watch them for free instead of paying to get into the races.  So we decided we would do the same thing for the opening so the kids could see them (and so we could all have some free entertainment!).  Audrey was with my mom, so Chris and I took Banner, and Chloe, and Misty and Leon followed us down too. 
    We finally found a good spot, and put the tailgate down and covered up with blankets (it was pretty chilly out), and waited.  A race was going on and you could hear the cars, Banner kept saying he wanted to see them, so we told him one day this summer we would bring him to see a race.  Then they started the fireworks.  They were so beautiful!  I thought for sure I would have to take Chloe inside the truck because they would scare her.  But they didn’t, she loved them so much she couldn’t take her eyes off them!  It was so great to spend time together; doing something that didn’t cost anything and even better that everyone had such a great time!  What do you and your family like to do together?
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