Saturdays

Saturdays have been my favorite day of the week this July. We’ve developed a routine. Where we live in the Midwest, we are surrounded by country. Gorgeous, wide-open spaces. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that while I’m a hesitant Pennsylvanian-turned-Midwesterner, I adore wide open spaces.

On one of our first Saturdays here, we wondered what we should do with all of this free time. Monday-Friday, the kids go to the pool with my mom in the afternoon while I work. Saturday seemed like a long day without plans.

I suggested the mini-golf place about 25 minutes away. We’d give it a try. We brought a picnic along, and stopped at a park to play and eat first.

Before we could get to the mini-golf place, we saw signs for the steam train, so we had to go and check that out. Loud, messy, but interesting.
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Then, mini-golf. Oh dear. With Gus? Just no.
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18 holes turned out to be a terribly long game with kids who didn’t really have the patience for it. Plus, 6 people playing mini golf is too many. I don’t think we’ll attempt this again anytime soon.
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We finished up mini-golf with ice cream, because we all needed a little pick-me-up after that.

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This place does soft-serve in 24 flavors. I got mint chocolate chip with chocolate sprinkles. Yes, please.
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The last thing that we wanted to do was stop and pick up some produce from the country stands. In this area, there are a ton of Mennonites who have produce stands Monday-Saturday.

This was one of our favorites. We sampled corn from all of the stands and theirs is the best.
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So this became our Saturday routine. Ice cream and “Mennonite Land”, as I called it.
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One of my dad’s favorites is this goat farm. He gets eggs and goat milk, kefir and cheese here.
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A creative chicken coop.
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One of my favorites for the aesthetics. Lots of flowers… and their whoopie pies were delicious too.
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Unfortunately, we said goodbye to all of our favorite stops last week, as today we’re heading further west, to our big family reunion and then home to Kansas.

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Until next year.

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