I love Saturdays when our family is able to have fun and not spend tons of money. This past Saturday was one of those. While some of us may have had more fun than others, we were all together, doing something. This summer has been a HUGE blessing to our family, mostly because this is the first summer in three years that my husband has not had to endure abdominal surgery. For a while, we were spending both spring and summer vacations in hospital rooms and doctor's offices. So, no matter what we do, at least we aren't cooped up in a hospital!
Last month, I purchased a Groupon for an annual membership to the Kingman Museum in Battle Creek and we needed to go there to pick up our membership cards. The cost was $19, which is a GREAT deal, but I had a $5 off offer from Groupon, making it just $14! It's the little things that make this Momma happy. The Kingman Museum is just an "okay" museum. But, with this membership comes a reciprocal membership to many museums in every state, including the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Our plan, when we began homeschooling in 2010, was to go to the Chicago-area museums during the first week of school every year, as a kickoff to the school year. Thank you, Groupon for saving us a lot of money on this upcoming trip! If you use my referral link (http://www.groupon.com//raf/UserReferral_rp/121015/10r1act/lk/uu27177111) I earn $10 when you purchase YOUR first Groupon. :)
Our first stop was a nearby mall. I despise the mall. We were only there because Victoria's Secret sent me a coupon for a free pair of underwear and Bath & Body Works had a Facebook offer for a free bottle of lotion and we were already in the same area as this mall. My oldest son also had a gift card for Dunham's Sports and needed to go there to buy a ShakeWeight and a pair of shorts. These items will likely end up in a garage sale for a quarter in a few years. I imagine his future apartment will be cluttered with all kinds of those "As Seen on TV" products...and airsoft guns and fast food wrappers. As I'm thinking these thoughts, I try to be encouraging about his decision and we joke about what huge muscles he will have "in just seven minutes a day".
After collecting my free gifts, my children were hungry. I stopped at Target to pick up "picnic food", aka: a loaf of bread, some lunch meat, and a bag of Target brand snack mix. While I was there, I found two shirts on sale for $6 each. I had two $3 off coupons, making each shirt just $3! After ignoring discontent teenage comments about going to Taco Bell like normal people, we had a lovely picnic lunch at some picnic tables outside of the museum. There was a big hill that Ellery loved running down. She also decided that this was a lovely spot to poop, so after a diaper change and a couple of family pictures, we made our way to our original destination.
We gave our membership information to the adorable, friendly volunteer at the Kingman Museum. She gave each of our children a sea shell and a tiny piece of dinosaur bone. We savored the air conditioning for a few minutes as we took a quick look at the exhibits, before venturing back into the 92-degree day.
When we arrived home, I sewed the finishing touches onto an owl I had knitted and listed it in my Etsy shop. This owl is slightly different from the owls I've made in the past, but I think I like it better. I'm thinking about making these owls in different colors, but haven't had time to experiment yet. Here is a link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/104405736/knitted-chocolate-owl