Field Tripping

We went lots of places today… Old Country Buffet with Grandma, Menards home improvement store (which my sweet little small town girl said was so incredible and enormous!), Lowes, a thrift store and even Taco Bell for drive-thru.

Three trips were especially fun though…

The Betsy & Tacy Society’s Halloween Party where we sang Halloween songs, colored pictures for a coloring contest (Victoria won first prize!), made new friends, listened to a story, got treats and played in costumes with lots of other goblins, knights, princesses and spider girls.

The Humane Society where I filled out the form to become a volunteer with the kids and we got to see many sweet kitties.  We are now officially invited to come by to play with cats, walk small dogs, make posters, raise funds, help at special events and whatever else we’d care to do to help.  We may foster an animal in the future, depending on what Daddy has to say about that.  The kids are super excited to get to volunteer there and can’t wait to come back to Mankato to start helping.

Petco where we ogled guinea pigs, geckos, fish, birds, turtles, rats, ferrets, a family of hairless rats that had been abandoned in the store in a cardboard box (egads, you should have seen the unfortunate things– it’s not like rats are gorgeous WITH hair, after all) and lots more.  Alex was ENTHRALLED the entire time.  He was 3 hours late for a nap and in a foul mood until the moment he spied his first critter, and then he was mesmerized for the whole visit.  We bought a few supplies and in the checkout line we stood by a lady with a cockatiel on her shoulder.  Alex had never seen anything as neat and was rendered speechless (which honestly isn’t saying a whole lot since the boy mostly grunts anyway).  It was fabulous stuff to my little guy.

We came home exhausted and yes, to a warm house.  We did not make it to the end of the month for our “How long can we go?” challenge.  Daryl was sick earlier this week and the poor guy kept shivering.  He finally announced that he was turning on the heat and I didn’t have the heart to stop him.  It’s supposed to be ferociously cold and windy tomorrow, so I doubt we could have made it the whole month anyway.  Still, we gave it a good run!


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