Thursday, June 4, 2015

Long Weekend Fun

I don't know why but the month of May is always a "belt tightening" month. Meaning our checking account was looking rather empty. There is also a long holiday weekend in May...and five kids home wanting to go do fun things.

So...I pulled out our coupon file (I put all coupons and gift cards into a folder on my desk). Low and behold I found five movie tickets! Score! I also found some Five Guy Burger gift cards....totalling $45.00. Woot!

We took the kids to dinner at Five Guy. If you've never been there it is a burger place that makes all their food fresh...not from the freezer and hand cut fries made fresh. It sounded good. I was really in the mood for a beer and was sad to learn they do not sell any. Darn.

I like to be positive so I'll start with the good. The food was good. The restaurant was very clean. The service was friendly. The kids were happy. We had gift cards.

And the negative. You order at the counter and for each burger you order you have to tell them which condiments you want....and the list is REALLY long! So for each kid I had to say, "do you want lettuce, pickle, relish, onion, tomato, ketchup, mustard, etc.......UGH! What would you guess the total cost for 7 burgers (small ones not the double patty large size), 3 large fries, and 5 small sodas?

I'll give you a minute to compute.

It was $70.00!!!!!!!! I about died!! Good thing we had $45.00 in gift cards. But still! Yikes. Okay, on with more of the negatives. You take your bags of food to your little table in a crowded room and then unpack all the burgers trying to match the number on the burger to the number in which you ordered it. Then pass out fries and condiments and drinks. I was squished and cold from the AC blowing on me.

The kids loved it and we will never go back. For $70 we could sit at table relaxing while a wait person brings us drinks (including a beer), and food and then takes it all away.

Okay....on to the movies the next day. A much better deal. We took the kids to see Tomorrowland. Since it was a new release we had to pay a dollar to upgrade our movie passes. Tuba stayed with Grandma so we only had to buy one ticket. The total was $13 for six of us. Yeah!! Then of course we all wanted popcorn and drinks. Ouch! But still $38 for six of us to see a movie and have treats isn't bad. PS We loved the movie!!

We also did a couple of FREE outings. We took a hike. This beautiful place is only 10 minutes from our house. It was very peaceful and the trail is nice and wide and level which is great for Tuba.

On the last day of the weekend we took the kids to a car show. We love this yearly event! I'll tell you a secret about me. I LOVE muscle cars. My fav is a Charger...with stripes. Ohhhh! The sound of the engine is magical. It moves me. 

The other thing I love looking at is how clean the engines are! Seriously! You've never seen anything so sparkly clean. Oh! And the interiors of these cars...some of them with white uphostery...obviously they have never had kids in those back seats!

We have a great time walking around finding our favorites. The Slug Bug row of cars is always a big hit.

This pic is hilarious to me. There was someone smoking a cigarette near us while we waited in line for kettle corn. Ha! The boys did not appreciate the smell! 

It was a really fun weekend. We also went to the library and the park...both free! We spent a little money on outings but did LOTS of fun things. 


  1. I am so happy that you enjoyed your "Merry Month of May" - I loved the hiking pictures - hadn"t seen them before and I must say, it is heartwarming to see how much you (and Cam) do with/for the kids. Good work!

  2. Fun! Soon as school is out come over and we'll do a hike on T. Mountain together. My favorite muscle car is the 67 GTO, or a 57 Chevy! Love them both.



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