We had Stake Conference today, which means that I didn't take the kids to church. It's a pointless exercise in patience. One I do not willingly endure. I know that I should do something here at the house with the kids... but I like to get out as much as I possibly can. It's a curse.
After checking out local things to do I choose an event that sounded fun. Here's how the listing reads :
Pirate Days of The Colony
The festival features themed music concerts, pirate comedy routines, re-enactments in period costume, a children’s play and activity area, pirate costume contests for the two, peg and four legged, arts and crafts marketplace and exhibits, cannon fire and more.
The Colony is about 45 minutes North-North-East from our house so I thought this day out would satisfy everyone. Gets me out of the house, Ms. R could get her face painted and B-Man would get a nice car ride and see pirates.
The first indication that this was not as it was advertised? As we were driving up I saw signs that read "Parking $5". Wooow Nelly. I came to this because it was free. I certainly do not carry cash. So I pulled a U-y and drove into a neighboring community and guiltily disregarded the signs proclaiming, "Parking Strictly for Residents". Hoofing it almost 1/2 mile back. Suuuure you didn't have to pay to enter after you'd paid to park so you could watch the musicians ... but that was about it. EVERYTHING else cost $$$. Bounce houses, face painting, crafts, activity areas... I was completely disgusted. Ms. R was crushed because she couldn't get her face painted and B-Man was upset he didn't get to go do things with the pirates.
To stave off complete disappointment, we walked along the shore of Lake Lewisville and threw rocks and sticks in for a good hour.
After that we headed up to IKEA since it was only another 10 minutes from where we were. I love IKEA. Love the cheap restaurant, Smaland, wandering around getting organization ideas.