In stark difference to last year, the Mendon Ice Cream Social turned out to be a nice little Saturday. Instead of heading up late the Friday night before, we all packed up in the morning, ate a hearty breakfast at McDonald's and drove the 2+ hours through Missouri farmland, full and ready for day of outdoor fun. Instead of the wicked 90+ degree weather with an obnoxiously high heat index that is expected for the weekend before August, it was somewhere in the low 80's and felt that way. Instead of making the trip alone, with a 3.5 year old, an 19 month old and a 5 month old, I had a husband with me and an added year to each of those ages (so that's like 3 years more mature!)
We appreciated the scene. We enjoyed our food. And we packed up to drive home by 8pm. We had 3 boys conked out in the back seat. I fidgeted the whole way with ridiculously restless legs. And we arrived safely home, to our air-conditioned abode for a solid nights sleep. We had three exhausted boys for the rest of the day Sunday, and they all fell asleep before 8pm. Perhaps, one of these years, we will make a full three day, two night stay at the ol' Smith Family farm. But for now, I am content with our day.