Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kansas City here we come!

We made it home safely from a quick trip to KC, the kids had a blast...we all had a blast!  We did not tell the kids were we were going until we arrived in Kansas City!  We had a few "are we there yet" moments, but I was surprised how well they handled not knowing what was going on.  Remember these moments because when they are adults they will probably hate surprises because they are always on the wondering end of surprises!  

We took off on Friday morning and got to spend time with my aunt/uncle and cousins too, which was a lot of fun.  I guess we were too busy being busy because I didn't get any pictures of that stuff!

On Friday after checking into the hotel we went to legoland.  We stayed right at Crowne Center, so we were in the heart of all that was going on - which was perfect.  After lego land we ate at Fritz's Cafe, which is a little burger joint that serves the food via a train -- no need for servers!  The kids loved watching everyone else get their food too!  In fact, you call your order in over a phone!  We had a great view from our hotel of their outdoor pool!  If I could do one thing over again it would be to take the kids swimming.  I toyed with the idea but didn't want to have their wet heads out in the cold when we are just all getting over being sick!  But, it would have been super fun for the kids!  

Saturday morning, after a big breakfast where we took full advantage of Harper eating for free (when does that happen) and Charil eating for $1 (they obviously didn't know our kids eat good breakfasts!) we went to the SeaLife Aquarium.  After lunch and some downtime we went ice skating.  At first Harper was not feeling it, until he realized that dad is a professional skater - then he had a blast!  By the end of our time both kids were getting brave, Charli even took several laps around on her own - with NO wall!  Harper tried to take the rink without holding onto the wall...but his feet got to moving a little to fast and he clung tot he wall!  

Saturday night we met my aunt & uncle along with cousins at T-Rex for supper - followed by my cousin's daughter's basketball game.  They put on a big show in KS!  Sunday morning was a great time too, all three kids in my family love it in KS.  They went for a nature walk and came back over two hours later!  After walks in the forest, hikes near the creek, and horse rides we hit the road for home!

The kids seemed to agree that ice skating was the best - but legoland and "Aunt Joyce's house" are both tied for 1st place too!  It was a great trip - thankful the kids traveled so well and had such a good time!  

enjoying a little playdough!  Harper was in desperate need of a haircut here...he looks so different with long hair!

watching a candy-man make fudge...looked like a huge table of brownie batter!! 

He weighs 3,500 legos!

Wizard of Oz !

They were even racing lego made race cars   

Harper LOVED this lego station!  He was so proud of how tall his creation was!  And...was so sad to walk by 5 minutes later only to find it was gone! 

They loved the lego ninja ride!

at Fritz's Cafe!  Nice hat, dad!

our hotel had a 4-story waterfall!  

our little starfish friend!

Did everyone else know that starfish are hard?  I thought they would be soft and squishy.  We were able to touch several different creatures, and I was shocked to learn they were not soft & squishy!

yummy treat from the candy shop!

pretty good catch in that tank!

There was a glass floor - it was funny to see their reaction to walking on it!

starting off slow on the ice!

This was Harper's initial reaction to ice skating...

...then he realized that his dad was an all-star ice skater in a previous life and decided it was pretty fun to be out there!

The kids even sat nicely so Chad could take me around...without holding onto the wall :-)

brave girl!

the infamous Zamboni! 

Harper started to get brave towards the end of our time there...

priceless faces while on the ice!  loved it!

The mall had a display called "funville" that was like a compact children's museum ..the kids loved it! It was packed in there!

she has always been a monkey!

I am pretty sure Chad's sister got all of the hair cutting talent, but Chad was giving it a try while "cutting" Harper's hair.  Harper had no faith!

rodeo star like uncle Shawn!

At the T-Rex their dessert is an over sized rice krispy bar shaped like a dinosaur that comes with mini m&m's, blue frosting and red icing to decorate!  Charli did a good job - Harper's looked great, but did not taste so great, a little too sweet!!

Does this look like a sweetheart to you?  Don't be fooled, he is full of all things that little boys are made of.  There are days I know he will keep me young, and others that I know he makes me old before my time!

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