They had a ton of artifacts from the iron mining era.
We paid to do the underground tour.
We got to ride the old miner elevator down to the 27th floor underground.
We got to ride on the miner train 3/4 of a mile.
We now know a bunch of stuff about mining and have been farther under ground than most people that we know.
We also stopped to check out the big mining dump trucks.
Everything that is for mining is bigger than life.
Like the scoop for a digger that all 3 kids could stand in.
With all of that adventure the hotel left some to be desired. The pool was freezing and the hot tub was too hot. The view sucked. Yes those are railroad tracks and yes the train went by about every hour all night.
The hotel provided ear plugs which we discovered in the morning. UGH I did not sleep well last night and it feels great to be home.
We took the kids back to school shoe shopping this evening. G found shoes that he liked at the Skechers store but when we put them on the counter at the register someone cut in front of us and the cashier girl just didn't seem to care and started helping them. I will never buy a pair of their shoes again. So we headed over to Nike, Reebok and Famous Footwear and had no luck. As a last ditch effort we stopped in to Asics.
G found two pair that he liked.
K also found two pair that he liked. I am now broke but the boys did get their new shoes for school.
Do you ever feel like all you do is work, do stuff with kids, and sleep? Thats all my life is lately. We have to go back to school shoe shopping tomorrow. All we did this week is football. I am getting out of town this weekend because I just can't take it anymore.
After daycare today Z spent the evening trying out her new cowgirl hat.
There is going to be a full review on this hat later so keep an eye out.
I finally figured out how to burn an hour and a half outside while G is at football.
Today I brought with the stuff to work on our trip blanket blocks. I have been slacking on these all summer so I am way behind. Its all good I have just over a month of 4 day a week football to catch up on them lol.
After that I think that I will work on more socks for myself. I know that with my new job I will be outside for a few hours a day this winter so I want to be ready.
So K is starting his freshman year of high school this year and today was pictures. We had 2 options the first was from 12-3 and the second was 4-7. I told him that when he gets home from dad's he should go and get his stuff done. What does he do? He pulled the picture envelope out of the packet of stuff that he needs and goes and gets his picture taken. So when I got home and only had an hour and a half until football to shower and eat I had to spend that time running K back to the school to wait in even longer lines to turn in all of his paperwork so he could get his schedule. Then in 65 degree weather I had to sit at football with no dinner for an hour and a half. Somedays I wonder if being a mom is worth it.
I had my dates wrong about the Home Depot thing :( it was Thursday so I missed it. I did sign up for the September one so I am not too disappointed. So I headed over to meet D and the kids at Lowes for that workshop. It was the last of the Avengers series. We did not do all 6 because we were busy most of the summer. So we have only done Hulk Tank and now Thors Chariot.
The 3 guys worked very hard on their projects.
Z helped everyone hammer.
She even hammered dad lol.
She does love her new car.
It looks kinda cool I guess.
We only have 2 out of the six patches which the kids are fine with. I looked online and people are selling the kits and patches for lots of money and to me it is not worth it. We have signed up for the next kids workshop at Home Depot which is on September 5th and the next Do it Herself workshop is September 17th and I hope to make it to that one. As for Lowes the next sign up is on Monday so we wont know anything until then.
I havn't updated in a few days so here goes. Thursday I worked and went to football. I passed out at 8:30 because I was so tired. Friday because there was no football we went to Target, filled K's prescriptions, bought a bunch of junk food for dinner and hung out and watched a movie as a family. Today D is taking the kids to the Build and Grow at Lowes. I say D is because I am going to attend my first Do it Herself at Home Depot. They are both scheduled for 10 this morning so he is on his own. I have never gone to an all women class before so this should be interesting. It sounds like there will be some saw usage and everything. I will update you later on how it went.
On the way home we tried to get a good pic on the bison at Blue Mounds State Park but this was the best we could get. We were going to walk farther but I wanted to run back when I encountered a snake. I don't care that it wasn't poisonous I don't like snakes.
Z was not happy to be heading back.
We checked out the quarry ruins.
We found some wild plums...we tasted them.
Because it was Sunday we stopped at the roadside church and looked around.
We stopped at this one because it had a waterfall. It was beautiful. I had never been to Sioux Falls and I definitely plan to return soon. This was the 3rd state besides our home state that the kids have been to this summer.