This week, I am not going through small town culture shock.
I did not spend at least 45 minutes scouring the cities of Princeton, Zimmerman, Elk River, and Cambridge's websites looking for something -- anything -- to do with the girls. But if I had spent that much time searching, I'm sure I would have come up with an array of different fun, exciting, and unique local sights and activities to try out.
But one of those sites certainly would not suggest the local Pamida as a local attraction. No way.
I would not eventually resort to calling the local MOPS group leader and asking her just what local moms do for fun with their kids around here. And her first suggestion was NOT the McDonald's play land in Elk River, followed by the McDonald's play land in Rogers.
"Yeah, but is there anything else? Like, do any of the neighboring cities have community centers or anything?"
And she did NOT suggest Monticello and Becker's community centers (both about an hour away).
"So really there's nothing to do in Princeton in the winter?"
"No, not really. In the summer there are parks and stuff, but winter is pretty boring around here."
And my girls and I did not spend the rest of the day...at home.