Day #17: Council Bluffs, IA to Council Bluffs, IA

We slept until 9:30 and woke up in a panic (well, Garrett and I anyway) thinking we had missed breakfast, but we didn't. About 11:30 we drove over across the Missouri River, to Omaha, Nebraska's Barnes and Nobles. The kids got a book on Minecraft and Pokemon, and since they don't know any better at this age, I got them "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Odyssey". They will thank me later. I got a homeschool planner and the struggle came back to me -- do we enroll them in Holtville or do we continue home schooling?? It has worked great for us, for the last three years but now, maybe they need to emerse themselves into our new community. I just can't bear to think of going back to that horrific schedule of get up, rush to school, come home at 3:30, do hours of homework, take a shower, eat supper, go to bed (with the sprinkling in of chaotic rushes to some kind of practice and game). I have to really keep praying about this because I want to do exactly what they need - not just what I/they want. If they could home school and also be included in the county sports (like we did in Alaska) that would be ideal.

Will and I discussed school as we drove over to the House of Conundrum Escape Room. This is our second escape room and we were so excited. We chose The Bat Cave and it was so fun but very different from the one in Bozeman, MT (Escapology). We had to use two clues and boy did we need those! We knew going in that it was one of the harder rooms but we chose it anyway because who wouldn't love to find clues in the Bat Cave??? Even with the clues, our time ran out more than five minutes before we solved it, but the staff was SO NICE that they let us stay and solve it. Maybe it was because we did it with the kiddos. We were offered a discount on another room and we all jumped at it. This time we chose 20,000 Leaks Under the Sea and it was actually more fun to me. There were some clues that went straight over our heads, and we had to get two clues, but we solved it with 1 minute and 22 seconds to spare -- that was close!

We left there and took the kids to Krispy Kreme for the first time ever. They had Reese's Pieces chocolate donuts! Seriously. Then, we headed back over the river to Council Bluffs and found an indoor Pirate's Putt-Putt. It was 89 degrees so the air conditioned building was great. They had two 18-hole courses but we just played one. It had really cool obstacles and even a dark room with a black light that was decorated like you were underwater. It was lots of fun. Will won, then me, Ellie and lastly Garrett, but we were all still pretty close in our scores. We got back to the hotel at 7pm, but it didn't seem like it was that late because we lost another hour today. I was grateful that Will volunteered to go out for supper and bring it back to the room. I do not want to get back into a car :(. Instead, I ate two donuts, drank my coffee, and wrote in my blog. Not a healthy supper but it's what I felt like today. Today was Starr's birthday and I totally spaced on calling her. Although ... I called her already, five days ago when I got my days mixed up. I'm a dork. I have lots of birthdays to make up for, now that we'll be back home.

In all today, we drove 37 miles and were in the car for 2 hours.