A few local teams made it to the high school state basketball championships in Des Moines, so we decided to make a weekend of it. We dropped Jared off at Grandma & Grandpa's house (because we didn't think he'd have much fun with us), and treated the older kids to a fun filled, hotel staying, donuts and ice cream eating, toys playing, movie watching weekend. We surprised the kids when we picked them up a bit early from school on Friday afternoon, and then headed off to the Friday night game. When we arrived at the hotel afterwards, we swam for a little while and then fell asleep watching cartoons on TV.
Saturday morning, we asked the kids what they wanted for breakfast. We were thinking pancakes, eggs, bacon, and all breakfast foods in their glory. The kids were thinking donuts, so off to Krispy Kreme were we!
Down the street, we saw a Toys R Us, so we thought we'd kill a little time browsing around. The next game we wanted to see wasn't until 6:00 that night, so while we were at Toys R Us, we thought it best to entertain the kids with some small new toys. At $7 a piece, it was the best investment of $21 we could have made that day! The kids played and played with their new toys while Dennis and I took turns shopping at the mall. We also went to see The Lorax in the mall's theater (which provided a wonderful nap for Andrew and myself).
The last stop before the game was our favorite ice cream... Culver's Frozen Custard. For those of you not in the Midwest, it is honestly amazing. Their vanilla cone should be ranked on one of those lists, "10 things you should eat before you die". It's that good.
We finished off our trip with a basketball game, and a sleepy drive home. It was a great mini-vacation.