budgeting · family history · Off Topic

Adventure Day- Green Bay

Twice I took them up to Green Bay this week.  I had made plans with another family to meet up at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Horse Daughter was off of work and Hubby could get off of work on Wednesday, so we went on Wednesday.  The plan to meet a friend was on Thursday. Poor planning on my part really, but it worked out and we got 2 days of fun. It’s not a bad drive, nor is it a really long drive.  Just under 2 hours, so it’s not terrible.

Of course, per my usual, there are no pictures to prove anything happened last week.  I even tried to get some pictures online, but now with the Windows 10 update, I can’t figure out how to do it..

Day 1.  We arrived, finally, after going past our exit about 15 minutes because of construction.  We paid $20 and got our 80 tickets.  $.25 each.  Very nice price and each ride takes 1-4 tickets.

We divided up the tickets and hit the rides.  The kids went on the Tilt a Whirl.  Hubby and I waited.  We don’t do spinny rides.  There are several to choose from and they hit several of them. Then they took a break from those rides and let us old fogies go on a ride with them.

Bumper cars.  A family favorite.  I am sure you are all surprised.  Nothing like hitting your family member as hard as you can in a car and no one gets hurt.

Youngest 2 discovered they really liked the giant slide so they went on that over and over and over again.  For 1 ticket, they could go on it over and over again.

Then back to the bumper cars.  Oh yea… As many times as we could that day.   It was only 3 tickets. Then off to the most expensive ride of the day; Zippin Pippin.  4 whole tickets to ride Elvis’s favorite ride!  The old fashioned wooden roller coaster moved here in 2011.  It is really a rough ride, but really fun.  Hands up everyone!

The kids then rode the Sea Dragon, which is the newest ride at the park.  I waited..  Those kinds are not my style. Then back for another ride on Zippin Pippin.  I waited out this one.

There are several “little kid” rides like the Lady bugs, jeeps and fighter jets, helicopters and boats.  Also a train ride, and that everyone rode.  There is an old fashioned steam train and a newer diesel engine.  We could have ridden the carousel as well, but we were done with rides by then, and out of tickets after purchasing one more ticket to ride the roller coaster one last time.

Tickets gone, we headed over to the wildlife sanctuary just down the street.  We had never been in there before and were pleasantly surprised.

They have several areas you can walk and even a small zoo to look through.  In the Nature Center there were lots of artifacts to touch and examine, birds to watch at the feeders, and lots of nooks and crannies designed to look like animal homes to play in.  Even a slide that started up at the second floor and went down to the 1st floor to end up in a beaver home.  They had a blast in there- I guess they are not too old for an indoor slide.

Down a short path we found a play area designed to look like a rocky animal habitat.  They played there a bit, then we found the zoo area where we watched the river otters play, found a fox napping and watched the wolves in their enclosure.   Another short walk and we found a place where we could watch the deer and a turkey.  We fed the deer the handful of food we got for our quarters.

That night we ate dinner at a little diner called “Krolls” just across the street from Lambeau field.  It was good and friendly.  We liked that.

Day 2, we met our friends at the park.  We went on the rides, but they were all done with the rides much sooner than I expected, so we gave away our last few tickets and headed to the chocolate store.

Seroogy’s. Still working on the pronunciation of this one.  But, the chocolate was YUMMY!!  They have handmade chocolates, lots of samples, and (JOY!!) buy 2 get one free sale!!!  So, yes, I did buy way too many chocolates.

They have been making chocolates since 1899.  They have learned a lot in over 100 years.

We ended the day with dinner at HuHots.  The kids had never been, but seemed to like it.  Of course, that candy waiting in the car was a good incentive to get them to eat all of their creations.  This is one of those places where you get a bowl, choose your meats, noodles and vegetables, top it with sauces and watch while the cooks cook it up for you on a huge flat top grill.  It’s all you can eat as well.

The most expensive part of those two days, was dinners out.  We packed lunch and some snacks for the day and water.  We did purchase some drinks there at the park for $1.50 or 1.75.

I would highly recommend a trip to Green Bay when you can.  There is so much more for you to do in the area and there is Bay Beach Amusement park.  A definite highlight in our book!




budgeting · Get it Together

Makin a List, Checkin it Twice….

Not really gonna find out who is naughty and nice.

I already know.

I have on my list of things to do this week; make the Christmas list and organize what I have already, add what I need to get or ideas.

I actually should make 3 separate lists so that I get every gift exchange covered.

One needs to be homemade gifts.  (Gotta spend some time on my Pinterest page to find that perfect hand made gift that will look just like the one on Pinterest.- yea, cuz I’m crafty like that!! hehe…)

One list needs to be gifts that you know the person will love, because you have known that person all your life.  (well at least for 25 years or so and that’s the same thing!)  If you don’t know that person, you had better get to know that person so that you get a good gift that is perfect for them.

My person still gave me a specific item.  sigh…..   Apparently, he doesn’t want to get to know me more, or want me to get to know him.

Lastly, I have my list of people who need gifts just because I love them and they are mine.  All mine.  Well, except the ones I share with the hubby.  And the ones who have made me mad and I don’t like very much right now.  The hubby can have those.

That should make my list much smaller.  hehee…  Though, by Christmas, I will probably like them again.  It could happen.

I try very hard to keep every list straight and get it all, but I will tell you, its hard sometimes!  I want very much to give gifts, since I really don’t do a lot of gift giving through the year.  (2 of my most recent birthday boys are still waiting for their birthday gifts..) Sometimes I fail miserably and end up buying something at the day after Christmas sales.  Much cheaper, but still frustrating.

Add to that, St Nick night, which is this Friday.  I understand, we here in Southeastern Wisconsin, are really the only ones who celebrate St. Nick on Dec. 5th.  We have always done it, so we can’t skip this one.  They remember and have been reminding me daily since the week before Thanksgiving, so I can’t “forget” this one!!

I will be taking donations all month!! hehe…  I am a Dave Ramsey fan, but my Christmas budget was never added to.

(And, no, I do NOT have any credit cards! – thanks Dave Ramsey!)

The money just got used up in other ways, and yes, we did have quite a year already.   I will have to do a post called the year in review.  That one will take a bit.

Don’t worry, I am being funny, we will have money for Christmas.  I will get the presents.  All will be fine!  It happens every year, and somehow, we make it through.

Enjoy your December activities!  Make your lists and be sure to check them twice.

What does your family do for presents?  How do you keep things in budget??