We’re back from our overnight trip to Mankato and packed in lots of wonderful stuff.
We started out attending a homeschool potluck picnic, where we all ate great food and played/yapped with friends until well after dark….
We got to Grandma and Grandpa’s house pretty late, with just enough time to play a little and listen to Grandma finish up Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Daryl and I stayed up too late watching TV together and paid the price today. In the morning Grandpa made eggs, I went back to sleep for a couple of hours and we packed up to hit Bethany College’s “Art on the Green” event.
Art on the Green had bouncy rides and lots of fun art activities from sun prints to painting to making funny portraits on the computer. We had very little time to do anything but got to visit with fun friends yet again.
Then we were off to the Betsy Tacy walk. Costumed volunteers were set up at historic sites from the books all over the neighborhood, talking about life in that part of Mankato (known as Deep Valley in the books) when the Betsy-Tacy books take place and pretending to be characters from the books (who are all based on people the author grew up with). Current homeowners lent their yards and sometimes porches for the reenactment, and we toured the real Betsy and Tacy houses since the Betsy Tacy Society now owns those sites.
The girls got set up outside the school to play at being 1900’s era children. Groups came by every 15 minutes to see their part of the tour, where they played as the “schoolteacher” told stories of Maud and Bick (Betsy and Tacy’s real names) and their times in her class. Then she rang the bell and they all lined up to go inside.
I walked the tour with Grandma and the boys, then dashed off towards the end to meet Lonni and her girls and do the tour all over again with them. I videotaped it for the Betsy Tacy society too, though I did a horrible job of it! Ah well, beggars can’t be choosers, right? 😉
We got home just as a pickup truck pulled up across from our house. Out came Victoria’s best friend from the Wilder pageant and her dad and a friend. It turns out it was her birthday and they were having a party at Dutch Charlie Creek for her tonight. They’d been trying to reach us all weekend and were stopping by one last time to see if they could catch us. They invited all 3 “big” kids out there and we rushed in to make some cards and put together some fun presents.
They had a grand time out there, playing games until past dark and eating lots of goodies. It was nice for Victoria to see her friend again too (she lives out near Mankato now). And since they had a cookout, I didn’t even have to make supper!
I’m exhausted, my house is trashed, Alex has been especially cranky, I’m starving and Daryl’s legs are past trashed, but life is good. It’s been a fun couple of days!
Tomorrow, we rest. 🙂