We went to Kansas City to visit my parents. We don’t seem to get in town enough these days and the kids miss their grandparents. We noticed that things are normal and not much has changed. Henry’s Mustang hasn’t changed much…
Normally we hang out around the house and eventually head back to St. Louis, but this trip, we had something different planned. My mom wanted to take us to the Johnson County Museum of History. For many that may sound boring, but it was just the opposite!
Growing up in Johnson County, Kansas, the history was relevant and interesting to me. Many places I remember from growing up were mentioned at the museum. Additionally, the museum used to be a combination bowling alley/ice rink. It was fun seeing it used again for another purpose instead of sitting empty!
Corvin and Sonora had a blast playing dress up in the kids area!
You could go in the full size house in the background. It was an all electric house of the future. It was lived in before it was moved into the museum.
This motel is no longer in business, but its “famous” sign is kept for all to see!
Dad singing a song of his youth!
On the way home from KC, we stopped and hiked a bit of the Katy trail. The goal was to get to this bridge over I-70 near Boonville, MO before going back. It was a fun hike and a nice break from driving!
While we were out for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge, Corvin and Sonora camped at Hillsdale Lake with Hiatt and family. So we were picking up the kids before heading home to St. Louis.
At some point, we were back at grandpa’s house and I got a shot of GPM and Corvin biking together.
Christmas fell on Thursday and I still had to work on Friday. So after a short day at the office, we left in the early afternoon for Kansas City to celebrate with my family. As always, the pool table in my parents basement is a big hit.
Of course, coming to KC also had some side benefits! Danelle and I made a special trip to Byron and Christy’s house to see their new baby, Morgan. She is super cute, I can never get enough baby time!
Later in the weekend, we celebrated the perfect weather by having family unicycle practice in front of my parents house. Herman can sort of ride and has his own unicycle. I brought my 3 so there were four to practice with.
We laughed about this practice for a while, but its a hard skill to master! Eventually, we ended up at the bowling alley where my family’s real sports talent lies. In fact, I’m probably one of the lower skilled of the family.
My lack of bowling skill is made up for by my willingness to hand out money for games and beer 🙂
Unfortunately, our time comes to an end too quickly. Its time for us to head back to St. Louis. On the way, we were able to find a Fazoli’s restaurant for dinner which made Sonora quite happy.
We timed this visit to KC for the same time that Holly was going to be in town. We actually didn’t want to see Holly, but we did want to see her baby, David .
It had been a few months since we had seen David and he is growing up soo fast! Lucky for us, he is still cuddly. We spent the whole weekend around the house hanging out with family. Several of my uncles came over to the house for dinner Saturday night and we had a fantastic time visiting wtih everybody.
We went to KC for a late Christmas celebration this year. It worked out well that we could be there the same time as Holly and Jim. Really, we came in town to see David! We hadn’t seen him since July!
We got to see mom’s new Cow in the yard with lights on it too.