Last Friday was the first day of no school for the summer. Kalissa, my daughter, had worked the night shift so her kids, Carver, Gannon, and Anders were hanging with me for the day.
I needed to go to town and pick up medicine either Friday or Saturday. Part of me wanted to wait until Saturday so I could go with no kids along…part of me wanted to do it Friday so I could have Saturday free to sew or garden.
I ended up calling and talking to my daughter Kelli and she said she was thinking of taking her kids to the Fish Hatchery. Hmm. I told her lets have a cousin’s day and I’d meet her at the Fish Hatchery in an hour.
The Fish Hatchery is in Decorah. We typically try to go once or twice over the summer and let the kids feed the fish. The Hatchery is operated through the DNR. They raise fish there and those fish are later used to stock area ponds and streams. The kids love feeding the fish.
The hitch is that we have to pay 25 cents for fish food to feed them. I had Carver and Gannon go through my change and pull out quarters. Gannon loves anything involving sorting so he loved this. The boys each got a baggie of quarters and off we went.
We were able to meet Kelli there. She had her kids, Eli, Emmett, and Georgia. We got them to all pose together for a picture.
I was a little worried when we pulled in because there were two school buses there. Many of the schools have field trips here.
Luckily they were all eating lunch so it wasn’t busy at all.
Kelli was smart and brought baggies for the fish food. The kids throw the food in and the fish all dash to the surface to try to get some food. The kids really enjoy it.
Some of the pools aren’t very tall so we really had to keep an eye on Emmett and Eli.
Thankfully I had the stroller for Anders.
Kelli was #1 mom and packed a picnic lunch for us all. The kids were a little disappointed because there isn’t a playground there. I really wish there was.
We didn’t plan a long day there. In fact, we were there for only about an hour or so and that was about perfect for these little attention plans.
From there it was errand time…off to Walmart…the thrift store and the frame shop. I picked up my Come to the Garden piece. I’m so excited to show it to you… but I don’t have pictures taken yet.
I spoiled them and took the boys to the ice cream shop. If you’re ever in Decorah, Iowa, the Sugar Bowl is a must-stop ice cream shop!! They have the best hard ice cream and the owners are awesome!!
Then we headed home. We did stop at the automatic car wash. I’d have sworn I took the boys to Disney Land. They squealed and had the best time at the car wash. It was fun.
When we got home I told Carver to get the book we bought at the thrift store. It’s a chapter book. Carver is a great reader. He did some testing that suggested he reads at the fifth-grade level. He just finished Kindergarten but he’s having a bit of trouble transitioning from picture books to chapter books. He doesn’t have confidence or an attention span though. So we got a chapter book and plan to read it together. I read one page and he reads the next page.
He did great with that.
I’m a bit of a mean grandma and make him do school stuff over the summer. We’re pulling out the flashcards the next day he’s at my house.
We had a great day…Kalissa came to pick up the boys and caught us reading.
I can’t believe how good the boys were. I’ll be honest. I was dreading summer a bit because the boys can be a bit much from time to time…and…they always say, “I’m bored.” If they are as good as they were this day, it’s going to be a fun summer.