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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

LouFamFun $10 Challenge - June

 photo 10ch2_zps97a75867.jpgSo my girl and I started the day off with 10 bucks.  Instead of racking my brain trying to create a day of magical childhood memories I decided to put a different spin on it.  My now 7-year-old is quite the free thinker.  In fact she is probably the free-est thinker in the 2nd grade.  “So ‘Noodle’”, as I have called her since she was 2, “What’s on our agenda today?  We have 10 bucks, use it wisely”.  Without hesitation Noodle responds, “Let’s go to the Beckley Station Park at the Parklands”.  So it’s 9:30am and we’re off…


 photo 10ch3_zpsadaccf64.jpg photo 10ch1_zpsc617a844.jpg“THIS IS AWESOME!!!” She screams!  For time management purposes, I don’t take cues from that nutty little chicken nugget often enough, so the idea of the day being left to her discretion was a very exciting concept. It’s just us today.  Her brother is at a friend’s house and will not be a part of the equation until later on tonight.  On that note, we lather on the sunscreen, pack a lunch and head out on our excursion.   We begin our day by hiking a nature trail near the paddling access called Coppiced Woods Trail, which is a soft-surface trail through the woods surrounding William F. Miles Lakes.

If you hike the entire thing, which we did, it is 1.87 miles long.  We took a couple breaks to skip stones, have a snack and check out the nature hanging out around us.  It took a total of 2 hours.  We finished up on the awesome playground they have there. “What’s next?” I ask her.  “Hmmm”, she says.  It’s about 11:30am so our day is still young.

 photo 10ch4_zps89472137.jpgNext my little love-bug mentions my other favorite freebie activity.  “Can we Geocache?” she asks.  For those of you that are not familiar with this super cool treasure hunting activity, you should be.  Here’s a link to more on that at What is Geocaching?  “You betcha”, I respond.  There’s a free app on my phone that I can pull up and instantly, no matter where we are, it will give us 3 geo locations to choose from.

Tom Sawyer State Park is quite the hot spot for these things and a great place to pop a picnic…so we’re off…again.  We find a box of treasure, switch out a couple little goodies and we take our bounty and set out to eat, picnic style.  Under the shade of a White Dogwood Tree munching on our grub we end up flat on our backs diagnosing the shape of funny little clouds.  I brought a long a couple books, but they stayed in our bag as we gabbed about girl stuff.  I cherish our girl time.  I wonder quietly to myself how much longer I’ll be cool.  I do the math…not much longer. 

After our lunch I decide to surprise her with a little treat.  We swing over to the Homemade Pie Kitchen in Springhurst for a kid’s scoop of their yummy ice cream.   A kid’s scoop is $2.12 and it’s just enough.  So two of them came to $4.49 with tax and we’re left with $5.51 in our stash.  We enjoy our ice cream and set of for our finale. 

It was time to pick up her big brother so he could join in the fun.  Unfortunately, it started to sprinkle on our beautiful day.  That is just how things go here in Louisville during the spring.  A gorgeous day may include a slight chance of showers at a seconds notice.  It’s a good thing that there are so many fabulous inexpensive indoor options here in Louisville.  I suggest Incredible Dave's as our final destination.  It’s a great place to go when you’re trying to appeal to a group of varying ages.  I had to be very blunt about our budget upfront.  If you’ve never been to Incredible Dave’s it can be quite overwhelming.  There are tons of things to do.   I wouldn’t normally put this on my list of inexpensive things to do.  Just like any other place like that, the individual cost of activities can add up quickly, which is why I split the money between them and let them decide how it was spent.  They are much more selective about how they choose to spend it when it comes out of their own little pockets.  They chose to split a couple rounds of Hwy 66 bowling.  This is a miniature version of bowling for kids.  Perfect for kids who want to play and for parents who don’t want the ground to shake every time they drop regular bowling ball.  They burnt up the rest on ski ball.   We had an amazing day and we all came together at the end for some great family fun. 

They both fought a car nap on the way home. After dinner we snuggled up on the couch with a movie (Marmaduke which is one our favorites). The movie really just provides the background noise to our giggling as we share little highlights of our day. Every one retires with a smile on their face and the $10 challenge was an absolute success; brother even requested a $10 day of his own. The planning has already begun. What would you do with your $10? 

By guest contributor: Whitney

2 comments:

Amber Ray said...

My family is going to have to try this. Can't wait to see what we come up with.
Just wondering... What app do you use for geocaching?

Louisville Family Fun said...

It's called "geocaching intro"