Yesterday was a fun filled day. We had so many adventures that I can’t wait to brag about. I feel like I need to break the day down into all the mini adventures that were had inside of the day. The last adventure by far my favorite so it’s what I am sharing first. All weekends are spent making memories. I cherish my weekends so much now. Yesterday evening upon coming home and thinking that the day was completed and we would be relaxing at home the rest of the day. Marc chimes in with you guys want to load up and go to the shooting range? As if that was a question that would get any other answer but “HELL YES”! It was Jake, Hailey, Marc, and Myself going on our adventure. We went out to a range in Niles that Marc was a member of. It was an outdoor range. I had no idea what to expect really. I was super pumped and excited. We pulled in and drove by all the different places you were able to shoot each time of gun. Marc explaining each thing to us as we pass. We pull up to one that looks like it has the best coverage from the sun. The kids run down and throw clay pigeons up the hill while Marc and I unload the car. My heart was racing and I was completely geeked. I had asked a few times for him to teach me to shoot. I was thrilled I was finally getting my chance. We get all set up and Marc started to explain the ar first. It’s a bigger gun that we shoot from a sitting down position. While he was explaining I couldn’t hear and took off one side of my ear muff protection. I didn’t realize he was going to shoot I thought he was just talking about what to do. We he did shoot and I had that one side off I jumped clean off the table into the air. I was filled with fear instantly and crying. I was so scared in fact I made at statement I didn’t want to do it any longer and backed off from taking my turn. Marc came and held me and apologized for not being clearer so that I had my ear protection on. He taught the kids how to shoot first giving me some time to collect myself. I really wanted to learn but my nerves were very different now. I had not anticipated how loud it would be. I hadn’t taken into account how heavy the guns would be. Even the smaller cz’s felt so heavy for me. My right side doesn’t always have the best strength. My right leg and arm both can have a tendency to give out. Even simple task like brushing my hair exhaust me using my right arm. Marc talks to me a bit more reassuring me that I don’t have to do anything but that I should remember he wouldn’t ever put anything in my hand that would hurt me. When he made it about trusting him and not the gun I could actually feel my tension ease. Not long I had a cz pistol in my hands. I had Marc with his arms around me and his body behind me. That raised my comfort enough to pull the trigger. Each time he reassured me how good I was doing. He really is just freaking amazing! I had an absolute blast. I shot 3 guns that evening. My daughter and Jake both had a really fun experience too shooting at the targets. They were far more comfortable and Jake far more skilled. It was a really good time and experience. Marc always has this incredible way of taking the fear away for me from everything.
Saturday after our fun dinner experience Marc decided we just hadn’t had nearly enough fun. Next door to us was the Bass Pro Shop and clearly the ideal place for us to have dessert. So we promptly headed over after finishing up dinner. The kids were blown away by the size of the building before we ever even entered inside. It is pretty impressive in size. Walking up there are ponds to the side of the walk way that gave the kids a roar of excitement from within. It also quickly gave way to the realization that Malachi didn’t have enough meat on his bones to keep him warm while we checked out these ponds. He was shivering pretty quickly and we hurried inside. When we walked in the kids had so much to look at they missed the ginormous fish tank that sits in the bar section of the restaurant. We ended up spending an entire hour in the store walking around. We checked out the fresh water and salt water tanks. We we intrigued by all of the stuffed animals that we scattered throughout the store. Malachi was fascinated by everything. Upstairs which we arrived at via a glass elevator there was a shooting range. It had different targets on fake animals and probably 20 guns to shoot from. It cost just 50 cents a play. I think you got about 15 shoots and it kept your score. The four of us took our hands 3 times playing against each other. Malachi winning each time. I myself found the guns to be far heavier than I had imagined them being. I felt weak pretty quickly and struggled to hold them up. I actually felt a bit sad over realizing how frail I can be especially with my right side. I may miss out on some experiences over it. I enjoyed the entire day with my love and the kids and tried not to think about the negatives. WE sat for dessert just before closing both kids opted from eating anything at all as they were still full and the menu had no pictures on it so nothing was calling their name. Marc and I both got ourselves the smores skillet. It was a double chocolate cookie cooked in the bottom of a skilled covered in mini marshmallows that were then toasted to the top. It was good but very rich. I ended up sharing mine with the two kids who hadn’t gotten anything and Marc finished his all on his own. I’d absolutely go back and I know Hailey would really enjoy it.