I Didn't Sign Up for This
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My alarm was set for 20 after 6 on a Saturday on a 'vacation'. I was not a happy camper, since I was going to have to go to a baseball game for a kid I didn't even know. But, it's not like I had a choice. I was up and ready, knocking on Emily and Nathan's door at 5 til seven. We were supposed to be ready to leave at 7. NATHAN was still in bed. I was more than irked at this. It was his godchild that we were going to see. Emily and I went and got something to eat from the continental breakfast, the choices weren't great, but we made due.
At 8 o'clock, we finally met Pete and Rochelle (and the boys: 9 year old AJ, 2 year old Bryce and 6 week old Matthew) at the local McDonald's. Then we split up: girls in one car and (all the) boys in the other.
We started in the As Seen on TV store, and luckily, Emily controlled her compulsive urges and I passed on the Magic Meatloaf Maker that I had seen on tv (hahahahaha).
We'd had enough shopping finally, and wanted to get something to eat. We didn't really want to eat at The Hideout, the restaurant at the outlet mall, so we drove up and down the strip, trying to find something.
After we ate, we went and played mini-golf. We didn't keep score (we might have a sore loser among us), so we just played for fun. After the 18 holes, Emily was pretty pink, so we went to Walmart to get her sunscreen. (Yep -- after the fact). But, Nathan decided we ought to go back to the motel to get Emily out of the sun. It made for a good excuse to skip the afternoon baseball games. We called Pete and Rochelle to let them know what we were doing, but didn't get an answer.
We had stopped at a souvenir shop, where I bought waaaaay too much saltwater taffy, and were more than halfway back to the motel when Pete called us back. He wanted us to bring Rochelle and the younger boys back with us. So, we switched it up; headed back to the ballfield, where Nathan stayed with Pete and AJ, and Rochelle and the boys came back with us. We hung out at the motel for a couple hours before taking pizza out to their house for dinner. It was an interesting ride out to Pete and Rochelle's. It is through the hills and hollers of southern Missouri to get there.
This was the first time Emily and Nathan had seen their bulls, Dipstick and DoubleStuf. The rest of the evening was spent eating, playing with the boys and talking. We returned to the motel about 11; it didn't take me very long to fall asleep once my head finally hit the pillow.