Parenting Tales

Our President’s Day Family Date

Since yesterday was President’s Day, my gang all had off school, and my man was off for the day, we decided to go on a little family outing. I had no extra kiddos that day (normally I babysit two of my nieces on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s) so we could all drive somewhere as a family and take our time. Well, one of our all-time favorite “cheap” family date options is a huge pet store located just outside of Lancaster called That Fish Place/That Pet Place (original name, huh?) They have all manner of fish, birds, lizards, snakes, and a few other animals to look at throughout their store. Oh, and all of those along with about 1,000,000 pet supply options. We’ve been there a few times with all the kids, but it had been awhile since we visited. My husband and I planned to take them there to look around and then out for lunch, but didn’t tell them where we were going at all. They were surprised and excited when we pulled up to the store. This is what greets you as you walk in:

We made our rounds of the store, checking out all of the creepy-crawlies, along with lots of fish.

A 16+ pound Flemish Rabbit.
3 of my peeps checking out the talking parrot.
Joey cheesing it in front of the turtle tank.
As long as this stays behind the glass, I'm okay. Snakes terrify me.
My honey checking out the bird area with the kids. I'm not sure why he's not smiling--maybe because he had enough at that point. Or because he's holding a pink coat.
A large touch tank with some rays and a couple of other creatures. Supervising the area was a super cute old man who chatted with us.
One of many saltwater fish available there.

Well, that’s pretty much an overview of our outing. After that, we went to an Indian restaurant called the Taj Mahal (wow, another original name!) that we hadn’t been to for years. Now that part wasn’t free, but we paid just a little more than we probably would have taking everyone to McDonald’s and had an awesome meal. As a bonus, the kids got a different type of dining experience. Sorry I don’t have pictures of this part–maybe I was too focused on filling up with the fabulous eats!!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week,


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