Tonight marks the first night of our second week of vacation. We spent our first week traveling to see family and celebrating my brother's wedding. More on that to come later.
But tonight we began our second week which is a week at home to save money for our new roof. To make it more than just a "stay at home and get as much work done as you can" week, we've planned several fun activities. Our first was to go to a minor league baseball game.
This evening we headed out to watch the Beloit Snappers take on a team from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now, here's the awesome part: We found a great deal that allowed us to pay $11 per ticket and with each ticket we received a hot dog, large drink, box of popcorn and a great quality baseball cap.
Not only that, but because we arrived early, we were signed up for our three oldest to participate in some of the games out on the field between innings. Between them, they not only had tons of fun, but also won 4 free tickets to another game!
Plus we also won a free car wash. Since Gabe wasn't able to go out on the field, we made sure that he got a little alone time with Snappy the Turtle.
Part of the fun of this night was that the game was pretty sparsely attended - which allowed our kids to romp and play as needed. And as I watched my kids enjoying the game, I realized that the trip to this game of a sport I really don't care for was well worth my time and money. Oh, and did I mention that I got to sit next to Josh the whole time? Sappy, I know, but it's the little things in life, right?
After we left the game, we decided to stop for a dessert of candy bars at the local gas station. Once each child had chosen their preferred treat, we bounded over to the counter to pay. The gas station attendant looked at me and said, "Are you really going to give your kids candy just before bed? You must be crazy!" And I thought to myself, "Yes, I may be crazy. But the squeals of joy and the shouts of delight are well worth my moments of insanity."
And so begins our vacation!