SPRING BREAK: PART FIVE & SIX

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The following day we took a friend’s suggestion and headed an hour away to Mastodon State Park / State Historic Site. We found out some very cool things about their home state’s history!

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It is always so incredible to see the scale of creatures larger than ourselves, extinct or living. Something important about feeling small every once in a while (physically smaller, not feeling smaller than your worth).

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We found a few more places to visit while we were there!

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After touring the museum, we explored the outdoors!

The steps went down, down, and down some more. There was a rock face on one side and open canopy on the other, it was lovely. The girls kept stopping to touch the cliff and were so happy to find that it was cold (even though they themselves were already a bit chilly). Eventually we made it to the old dig site, which had been covered up.

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We continued on the trail, making sure to climb every set of rocks that were climbable, and stand dangerously close to every cliff edge they came across.

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They discussed rock climbing and propelling from this spot for quite some time. Thankfully there was a sign (and a mother) scolding such things or Mae may have attempted such a feat.

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The girls also got to see a real sun dial and compare it to the time on Rae’s watch. So cool.

We had a picnic at the state park portion down the road and the girls enjoyed playing on a playground there. We plan on going back to explore more of the trails and visit the sloth, wolf, and moose sites nearby this park – and finding the ones close to us!

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The following day, we decided to stay in to watch a movie with snacks (they chose various dairy-free ice creams), play a couple of new board games they picked out, and enjoy a pancake supper – but a better situation arose! Aunt Kathy (who is visiting from Indiana) was going to be home (at our home) alone with no plans – so we quickly made plans, filling her day!

She and the girls started early with a dance party, they gave her the run-through of favorite Pokemon, she read them a chapter from The Banks of Plum Creek, they let her rename some dolls, and she let them pick out her outfit for the day! Afterward, we got lunch and then candy from the General Store! So glad we got some time with her all to ourselves!

We will pick up our original plans either this weekend or on Monday. Aunt Kathy (one of the funniest most exciting people on the planet) was definitely the highlight of spring break! I’m so glad we got our very own day with her!

SPRING BREAK: PART FOUR

The girls thoroughly enjoy an arcade. They have only been to an arcade, I’d say, four times in their lives. Their cousin’s birthday party when Mae was about four, Chuckie cheese with my grandparents when Rae was four, last summer in Tennessee with Aunt Sarah, and then again last Wednesday.

This arcade was different and just what they were looking for. We paid a certain amount right away and then could play any game as long as you wanted, as many times as you wanted. There were no tokens, no tickets to turn in for toys, and no lines, as we were the only ones there. The owner has collected so many games from the 80’s, 90’s, and a few driving games from what looked to be from the early 2000s.

I should mention that they had tons of sanitizing wipes readily available to wipe down the machines before playing them.

There were also specialty things at the front, like a build your own Lego person station and a large book of Pokémon cards, each for a dollar Рway better than surprise packs (Rae got three she liked).

We stayed three hours and they played the entire time!

Zack would have enjoyed the nostalgia of it, for sure, and because of him they recognized the majority of the games there!

Dragon’s Lair
Sega Out Run
80’s Donkey Kong
Pinball
Space Invaders
Centipede & Millipede
Sega Spiderman
Pac-Man
Multiple versions of Street Fighter
90’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Frogger
Star Wars Trilogy arcade (Mae’s favorite of the day)
Mortal Combat
RoboCop
…and many more…