So, the plan for SD was to be on the road by 7:00am so we could beat the traffic going down town as well as hopefully have sleepy boys. HA HA! At 4:30ish our smoke alarms start going off. They are all connected so if one goes off, they all do. The house is SOOO loud! We couldn't find the one that had a low battery or anything... so Russ makes a Wal-Mart run for $25 worth of 9V batteries to switch them all out. Luckily, he switches our bedroom one and found that the light was flashing (MISS by mom - I didn't see it). After it was changed there was no going back to sleep so we finished getting around. Ross and Steve had slept through the alarms (Steve is very hard of hearing and didn't have his hearing aids in but I have NO clue how Ross slept through those!) so we got them up and they got around.
|Ross playing on the iPad|
|Reid playing DS. I got him a new game and he played it A LOT!|
|The train in the mall|
|Riding the Empire Express|
Russ' marine buddy, Casey Legg, is in Sioux Falls so he went over to meet him at a restaurant to chat for a while. When he got back he took Steve to a gun store to browse and then came back. We ate dinner at a Texas Roadhouse that was also next door.
After dinner, Russ and I took the three boys to a family fun zone. We played a game of miniature golf (I won but Russ actually had THREE hole in one's), Russ road the go-karts with Reid and Ryan and then we played on their swing set for a while. Russ and Ryan hit the go-karts first and Russ just took off driving. When he finished the guy said "that was a once in a lifetime event." Apparently Russ had done the course backwards and the two other drivers followed him. So, then Russ and Reid had their go-kart turn and they drove the track the forward direction (which I think was a little easier on one turn).
|Ross was pretty cute playing golf|
|That's Russ and Ryan coming around the track backwards :)|
|And Russ and Reid getting started on their turn|
I tried to keep the boys happy by pulling out new games, toys, candy, etc every hour or so. We had a large bag of soft beef jerky and Ross kept asking for more by calling it "car bacon." It seemed to work, the drive was very smooth. I had bought a license plate game where the pieces are attached and you just flip them over as you find the license plates. Ross kept calling it a puzzle and wanted to play it but it didn't take us long to decide it was an adult game :) (More on that later)