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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


The Fish Hatchery and Go Carts

My parents were kind enough to invite my family and my sister’s family along to stay in a cabin they rented for the weekend in Branson, Missouri.  Trying to figure out what to do with all the kids without spending a fortune was a bit tricky.  My sister decided we should all go to the fish hatchery.  So off we went.

Guess what we saw at the fish hatchery?  Yep, fish.  Trout to be specific.

Trout, trout, trout and more trout.  Some of the kids were fascinated by the fish.

Others, not so much.

It was fish, it was free, what should we expect?  So, what to do next?

It was a hot humid day which is the perfect weather for…..

riding go carts! The go carts were not free!

Before we left for this little weekend trip, Clay and I budgeted an amount that we would spend and then we decided to spend it on family fun.  So, we skipped going to a show one night and saved the money for some fast fun!

When I asked my kids what they liked best about the trip, the three oldest said, “GO CARTS!”  My kids had a great time racing their dad, uncle and cousins.

The best part was, we had the track all to ourselves!

The kids lined up from oldest to youngest.

The little tiny-tater-tot was too teeny-tiny to go by his baby self, so mommy took him.

Have I ever told you that my itsy-bitsy baby is going to kindergarten this fall and all his classmates are a head shorter than him?  What’s with that?  Cuz, my baby is the squishiest little button baby ever!  Right as I pulled out to race I did what any good mother would do and yelled at the two eight year olds, “SEE YA SUCKERS!!!!”

And we raced round and round and round!

The competition was stiff. The main goal was to run your cousin, aunt, uncle, dad or mom off the track so they got stuck and couldn’t race.  The smack talk continued.  Some were determined to win, some were determined to destroy, some were just hot and sweaty and glad they were still alive.

And when they were done, I asked, “Who wants to go back to the Fish Hatchery?”

I got the same response as when I ask, “Who wants to help clean the house?” …..they pretended not to hear me.

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