However, this final big outing of Summer was a great time away for three days and two nights. Our helpers Amber & Angela went with us and everyone had a wonderful, but exhausting time. We came home Sunday night, and Nate slept until 1pm on Monday afternoon! They all played hard!
On the way to the farm, Angela and Amber showed them how a Yakov brochure can be entertaining.
Then Saturday the extended family was at the farm and the kids played with cousins, ate, rode horses, ate, swam, ate, took a trip to Ava Drug*, played with the dogs and finally watched the film "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry" and ate popcorn before bed. (A few girls stayed up and watched an episode of the Waltons.)
Sunday was more of the same fun for the kids and their cousins, while we cleaned up the house and did the laundry/bedding. We finally headed home later than planned.
Pasta Express. Mr. Workman and I had not ate there in years and they have recently started opening new locations in Springfield again. The long ago closed, Drury College location is where we had our first meal after we were married...so "kinda romantic"...well, as romantic as cheap Italian can be! The kids loved it and it was VERY affordable! Feed 14 with leftovers and everyone was full for $74 plus we had salads, some sodas (usually we all get water), rolls, toasted ravioli and pizza plus entrees so YES, we REALLY splurged!
Drug Store for a dime or nickel ice cream. Check out their web site and read the history. Its a great little place if you're in Ava, MO! We had double scoop cones and dishes and some sodas. I was the big spender with a $.75 tea. Our total for 13 people was $2.25! Plus the jukebox is still 3 classic fifties songs on vinyl for a quarter! You'll love it as much as we do if you stop by!
Now our summer trips are done. School starts next week and we have four doctor appointments (over 800 miles to go) before the first day of school. We'll be busy! However, so much to be thankful to God for this summer...including a bus with a lift and great memories!
(These pictures are great so you know Angela Covington took them. Check out her note cards and other great stuff at http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/LaMarie)
$150.00 of diesel
$ 2.25 ice cream
$ 74.00 dinner out
$226.25 TOTAL or $16.16 each