Well, first of all, there's nothing plain about the Keeley family going on an outing. Yesterday, we decided to go to the bookstore (one of my favorite hangouts, as you can probably tell by my weekly giveaways). After we all get packed up in the van that is so big we look like we are an airport shuttle service, we head to the store. Then we file out after we get there--have you ever seen those clowns get out of the tiny little car at the circus?
The little kids run off to the children's section to check out the toys and, in this particular trip, try on Alice in Wonderland wigs. The boys start perusing the comics and those cool Klutz books that kids love so much. And the older girls looks at the latest fluff 'n' nutter novels (that's what I call those books that are full of a bunch of nuts and nothing but fluff, that appeal to the teen market and are usually the same old story--"My parents don't understand me. You do because you're a really hot guy that's a bit quirky. Let's run off and be vampires or something."). Blair and I take turns looking after the little ones. While I watch them, he checks out the latest sci fi/comedy book (and, yes, that category actually exists). While he watches them, I have my notebook and pen, running all around the nonfiction aisles, checking out the latest books, and picking up one or two to devour later.
Finally, after everyone's fingers are sore from flipping pages and Kenna has terrorized a enough kids at the Thomas the Train display, we pack it all up and head for home.
Aaaah, nothing like a calm, relaxing trip to the bookstore!
So, what are outings like for your family?