We started by going to our favorite natural parenting store, Little Neetchers. Marshall was so excited, he loves exploring the fun toys in the open play area of the store. Brad eyed a second Tula and I picked up some gifts for my sister’s incoming baby as she is planning on using a lot of the natural parenting techniques that we do. And of course we had to get a few more cloth diapers for Vi & Francesca.
We love to try to shop local and eat local, when possible. I especially like the owners of Little Neetchers- they are always working so hard in their shop and so appreciative of our patronage.
For an early dinner we stopped at a popular Minnesota pizzeria, Pizza Luce! It has a nice laid back vibe, lots of vegan or gluten-free options, fresh ingredients, and reasonable prices. For our kids, it was a home run.
We purposefully got to Bentleyville right at opening on a weeknight. Couldn’t recommend that strategy enough! It’s rare times like this that I appreciate Brad’s unconventional work schedule. We got an awesome parking spot right at the front and there was very little people there. We hit up all the freebies- Santa, Mrs. Claus, cocoa, cookies, and popcorn- with no lines! We were able to walk through twice and really take our time with the lights, not feeling rushed by a crowd.
One recommendation I would make is to bring donatable goods- new toys or food. We brought a bag full of various soup cans and were the only ones. A volunteer loudly thanked us and purposefully drew the attention of others to the fact that it’s free so that people can donate to worthy causes like we did.
The thirteenth day was the best yet. It was so nice hitting up some of our favorite places and getting to selfishly indulge relatively crowd free. The kids loved every bit of it and were thoroughly tired out for the ride home. It was so nice being able to quietly end the day talking with my husband as we drove across the dark countryside. It really is the little things isn’t it? May the rest of you enjoy a silent, peaceful, night as well!