Yesterday we took our first out-of-state field trip!
A friend and I took all four kiddos to Shipshewana, Indiana, for the day.
We went to a great little bead shop that a lady runs in the shops area. Kaleigh and I both found some great treasures in there! Kaleigh spent about half of her spending money on beads! :-) Most of what I bought will be for gifts :-)
We also went to an awesome Amish grocery store, where they sell a ton of stuff in bulk at extremely reasonable prices. I wished I had a trailer to bring stuff home in! I did get a few things to bring home though. Then we went to the Amish department store, where the kids shopped with their spending money. On the way out of town, we stopped at the Amish bakery; the kids had been talking about ice cream earlier in the day, so I thought for sure they would all be thrilled to have some. BUT, only two of them went for ice cream; the other really wanted a doughnut. Can you guess which kiddo that was? After the bakery, we stopped at a farm where a lady keeps greenhouses and sells plants. Lots of fun! Then we hit the road and drove a little ways before stopping for dinner. After eating, we were on the road for good - at about 7:00!
The roads weren't too bad on the return trip. We hit a little construction in South Chicago, but it was nothing compared to the construction traffic on the other side of the road! We got to the park and ride a little after 10:00, dropped my friend off at her car, made a bottle for Ty, who had been screaming for several miles, and finished the last 15 minutes of our trek home.
Everyone slept soundly once they were in their beds, although no one slept any later than usual today. Two kiddos have visits today, so nap times will be missed and bed times will be a little late again tonight. I'm hoping that tomorrow we can get back into a routine.