We're still kind of getting back into the swing of things around here. Tuesday was a recovery day filled with laundry and cleaning bedrooms. Wednesday we went to the Works Museum with a bunch of homeschool friends. The kids had a blast and are asking to go back...the two hours was not enough time. The kids went straight to piano lessons and I ran a few errands (Costco, Trader Joes, Marshalls). Today we finished super cleaning the kids rooms...more on that later...I have a new thing I'm going to try starting December 1st...it's from the book Cleaning House. And, in about 30 minutes, we're off to our homeschool co-op, and then friends over, and then wrestling and swim team. Tomorrow I need to get the Christmas storage tubs in from the garage so that I can get ready for Advent and decorating on Saturday! I decided to wait until December 1st this year. Mostly b/c of our trip, but also, it just made sense.
On the road to Kansas! This is the audio book that I brought along. We listened to about 1-2 chapters each driving day. This is book 2 in the series...we love the Penderwicks!
Technically...the kids didn't sleep once on the entire road trip. I think MJ was tricking me here.
The was the front of our hotel...the Kansas City Marriot Downtown. A beautiful hotel! BTW...all 10 of our hotel nights were free. One of the perks of having a husband that travels a lot. Oh, and the Kansas City Chiefs football team stays at this hotel on the Saturday nights before their home games. Yes, we ran into several of these big dudes in the lobby, and also rode the elevator with them! It was cool.
One of the best days of my life happened when my kids were old enough to swim on their own. I really don't like being wet, and I despise being cold. So, indoor pools and water parks are some of my least favorite things. It has to be like 90+ degrees out for me to want to be wet (Acapulco Mexico anyone?). I do like a hot tub, but, of course, the getting out is miserable. All that to say, the kids know better than to ask mom to come in, but I do love to hang out in the pool area and read a good book. Sweetie on the other hand, loves to swim with the kids! I only got in the water once on this trip...Dallas...hot...outdoor pool.
We had gotten into town late on Saturday night, so we let the kids swim for a bit on Sunday morning. Then, it was off to see the city!
First stop...the Historic City Market.
Flea Market/Farmer's Market...I'm in!
I found this cute little purse for $2...loved the colors and the hobo shape and just couldn't pass it up. Plus, I want to make a pattern from it and make some more!
For lunch...we got some ribs...
...and some tacos.
Look at this little cutie selling baked goods! We stocked up with him on the way out.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake, M & M cookies, and a brownie.
Then, we went to the WWI Monument...Liberty Memorial. This was an awesome tribute to WWI. Beautifully done.
We told the kids to be good and take it in b/c next stop...
LegoLand!!! I don't really like stops like this, but the kids were so excited. We had told the kids that they could each spend $20...if you know Lego's, that doesn't go far. But then, we found out that LegoLand isn't owned by Lego!?! They are just licensed to carry the product. They didn't have all the stuff and you didn't get VIP points for your purchases. We quickly looked up a Lego shop that was on our trip (found one in Oklahoma City...next stop) and decided to not make a purchase but planned on checking out the Lego shop in Oklahoma. The kids were surprisingly OK with this.
After going back to the hotel for a little rest and an afternoon chai, we headed to my girlfriends (beautiful!) house in Overland Park, Kansas. Sarah and her husband hosted us to a wonderful dinner and lots of fun chatting time. Our kids played beautifully together and it was one of our favorite stops! Sarah and I were freshman roommates at Iowa State and sorority sisters and for our 4 years there...oh, the stories we could tell!!! Sarah...I love you and it was so great to hang out!!! Your family is beautiful!
"There was a pot of freshly made coffee warming on the stove and someone had set a pitcher of real cream in the middle of the table". A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith