Las Vegas 2018

Las Vegas 2018

Every year my hubby and I take a “grown-up” trip to Las Vegas.  We go in the middle of the summer when it’s nice and hot!  It started out as a way to spend time together when the kids were little.  Now it’s just a fun habit!  It’s been so many years (at least ten), that we have a nice little routine – however, most years we do try to do a few different things.  The last few years it’s been adding shows to the mix – which as you all know I LOVE shows, so that’s been fun. We started this trip by leaving home at 6:40 AM and arriving at 7:30 AM (time changes are CRAZY).  That meant a late afternoon nap was a must!  Day one was spent checking out the changes on the strip, a little gambling, a slot tournament at Harrah’s (fun even if we didn’t win) and Happy Hour at the Yard House.  It was an early night thanks to that early start! Day two started with a morning at the pool.  There is nothing like laying by the pool with a good book, tasty drink and no responsibilities … The afternoon was spent walking down the strip, sushi for Happy Hour (see a trend here?) and then a very fun evening at Tape Face.  He was so funny – if you are in Vegas, definitely go see this show! We did a little more gambling after and then got a really good night’s sleep!  More fun coming … What is your favorite show in Vegas?  Do you go to shows when you...
Wisconsin Dells – Day 2

Wisconsin Dells – Day 2

Today was our only full day in the Dells.  We started the day visiting Mt. Olympus waterpark.  As we were staying at a Bluegreen Resort we had access to $10 tickets.  We got to the park when it opened and spent four fun hours on the waterslides, lazy rivers, and wave pools.  By early afternoon we were hot and hungry so we left – definitely got our money’s worth!  Sadly I burned my toes – must have forgotten sunblock there!!!  Ouch.  No pictures from the waterpark as we left our phones at the resort. After a delicious lunch in the room using our pasta and sauces from Eataly, we cleaned up and headed back out. The Duck Tour was our plan.  It had been decided that after the waterpark this was the next “must-do” for the area.  I had actually done this tour as a kid, but it was so many years ago I didn’t remember anything except going in and out of the water.  The tour lasted about an hour and we loved getting to see how beautiful the Wisconsin River and Lake Delton are.  There is so much commercialism in the Dells area that it’s easy to forget the lovely nature all around.  Next time I’d consider renting a boat for the day and just hanging out on the water. After the tour, we decided we needed to cool off, so we went downtown to check out Wizard Quest.  They give you a tablet and you use it to find clues in the building to “save” the wizards.  There is a one-hour time limit, and the tablet...
4 Tips for the 4-H Fair

4 Tips for the 4-H Fair

Ready for another Everyday Adventure? If it isn’t fair time in your neck of the woods, it will be soon.  As both of my kids are involved in 4-H we spend a LOT of time at the fair.  Lucky for us, it’s a really great one.  The Hamilton County Fair is all about the kids and 4-H.  That means no rides and very little commercial “stuff.”  The food is all local churches, groups and/or food producers, very few booths selling things, and overall a great and simple family experience. If you haven’t been to your fair lately, go check it out and follow these tips to get the most out of your day:  Enjoy the food.  We are very healthy eaters, but I don’t worry about the occasional tenderloin or milkshake at the fair.  To make it a little better (and so we can try more), we typically split whatever we purchase.  One of the things I love about our fair is the price of the food – where else can you get a lemonade for 50 cents or an ear of fresh Indiana corn for $1.50?  It is a little challenging for my daughter who doesn’t eat meat, so one day she enjoyed a milkshake at the fair and then we picked up sushi on the way home for her dinner – there’s always a workaround!   Explore the projects.  If you are visiting a true 4-H Fair, there will be projects.  Lots of projects. The kids who submitted them worked hard (I can attest to an eight hour day of cooking in our household!). Until I had...
Wisconsin Dells – Day 1

Wisconsin Dells – Day 1

We left Chicago fairly early and headed north to Wisconsin Dells.  Years ago we visited the Dells but it was in February so we really didn’t know what to expect in June.  Traffic around Chicago was horrific so it took us much longer than we had hoped.  We were starving midway through so pulled out Yelp and found a quick, local grill called Dogs on the Chain.  Funny I know!  The burgers and hot dogs were AMAZING though.  Delicious, quick and affordable. Finally, we arrived in the Dells and checked into our room.  It was super hot – 90 degree plus, so we changed into our swimsuits and walked over to the pool at the resort.  The water felt terrific and we were all quite refreshed after just an hour of swimming and playing in the water. As I finished unpacking, I gave the kids a task to figure out what they want to do the most in the day and a half we were in the Dells.  They created a list of their combined favorites and then had everyone rank each item.  Their final step was to average the scores.  Pretty smart way to ensure we got to see what was most important to everyone! It was a little late in the day to do much, so we took off in the van to check out the downtown area.  We also stumbled across a fun, local restaurant for dinner (Ravina Bay Bar & Grill).  We ended up eating outside on the deck and discovered we were treated to a water show!  The Tommy Bartlett show was performing across...
Think Local

Think Local

Today I’m departing from our summer trip re-cap (I’ll pick back up with Wisconsin Dells next week) to give you all a little challenge.  I need it too – so I’ll be joining right in! Without any current trips planned, I need to find a way to still enjoy a “vacation” lifestyle.  Living near a decent sized city (Indianapolis) there are many things to do, but I tend to ignore what’s in my own backyard – the small suburb town I live in.  Don’t we all?  Even those of us who live in a vacation destination often take it for granted. So this week, I challenge you to take a day, afternoon or even an evening to do something locally.  Pick something that you’ve always said you need to check out, or a new restaurant to try, or a tourist attraction that you overlook since it’s always available. I spent all of 15 minutes this morning researching to try to find something fun and came up with so much!  A paint your own pottery place, shopping on our downtown square, TWO new restaurants that I haven’t tried yet, floating down the river, archery and/or a ropes course at our newest park, a winery I never knew existed and the 4-H fair.  Definitely, plenty I could do.  The fair will for sure happen as both my kids exhibit lots of projects, and in fact, I’ll do a full post next week on how to enjoy your county or state fair.  Now I just need to put together a fun outing with something else I’ve found … Check back next week...
Chicago Visit – Day 3

Chicago Visit – Day 3

Our last day in Chicago – we did a lot this trip but didn’t even touch everything we would have liked to have done.  Next time, right? We started the day by walking from our hotel to Millenium Park – it was about 15 minutes, so an easy little stroll.  It was going to be a hot day, so there were already lots of people enjoying the Crown Fountain. Just a few feet later we checked out the Bean.  We took dozens of pictures and had fun walking all around it, but my favorite was this one looking up into it from underneath: We walked across the bridge into the Maggie Daley Park next.  This is a fairly new addition to the city and a great place to hang out for a few hours or afternoon.  There is a huge climbing wall surrounded by what is called the Skating Ribbon.  We had planned to rent roller blades and skate around it, but the ribbon was closed for a summer camp – next time!  In the winter, they turn the ribbon into a place to ice skate – I think that would be fun.  The park also has a mini-golf course, play garden and several open fields perfect for kicking a ball around.  It’s a great addition to the city. As my daughter loves all things Italian, next we walked over to Eataly for lunch and shopping.  If you love Italian food, this is a fun place to check out.  We enjoyed checking out all the varieties of pasta, sauces, cheeses, oils, etc.  We purchased a few types of pasta...

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