Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vacation In Kansas

Whew!  I haven't blogged in a while.  Life has been crazy.  After we went to Lake Gaston, NC to have a family vacation, the kids and I went to Overland Park Kansas.  Stuart spoke at a camp in Salina and caught up with us in Overland Park on Friday.  His brother and his family live in Kansas.  They are the most gracious and kind hosts and their home is absolutely AMAZING.  So amazing that in the future I would love to give a tour of their lovely, well decorated (my sister-in-law has a gift) home!  Our kids LOVE to play together.  They are completely content staying in their house playing together, but we did go out and explore and I thought that I might share some pics!  When we tell people that we are vacationing in Kansas they look at us like we are absolutely crazy.  However, Kansas actually has a TON of things to me it is not all farm land!

Before we got on the plane.  I was a little nervous about taking the 3 kids alone, but I survived. It did make me miss Stuart because he really takes care of us in situations like these and I get to sit back and relax.    

Before we went to see fireworks on the 4th, we went to pick up Krispy Kreme.  See, our love for Krispy Kreme is deep and in the blood!

My sister in law took us into town to see a play and on the way we stopped at one of our favorite restaurants where a train drops off your food.  The kids love this place!  It is really neat too because you call in your order on that little phone.   

This is the food coming down after the train dropped it off on this platform.

This isn't a great picture, but after we went to our play, she took us to a place called Kaleidoscope.  The kids get a bag and they get to use leftover Hallmark scraps to do crafts.  It is completely free and the kids love it.   

Emma, my sweet niece and nephews in front of a giant lego.  We didn't go to Lego Land this trip, but maybe next time!
Taylor thoroughly enjoyed their dog Toto, how fitting!  

They took us to the All-Star Fan Fest for the All Star Games.  There was tons to do and the kids had a blast!  That night we all went to the All Star Futures game and the Celebrity Softball game.  We had box seats with lots of yummy food.  The field was beautiful and Kansas went all out while hosting the All Star Games.  It was amazing and one of the neatest things I have ever done!
On Tuesday, the girls did their thing and the boys did their thing.  The boys went to the All Star Home Run Derby.  Yes, I said it!  Brayden was in HEAVEN!  This is one of my favorite pics of him overlooking the beautiful Kaufman field.  
Part of their ticket was to get to watch the All Stars practice before the All Star game on Wednesday.
Brayden is a loyal Yankees fan and his pick for the Home Run Derby (Robinson Cano) didn't make it past the first round.  However, his second pick (Prince Fielder) put on quite the show!
Brayden and Stu loving every minute of this once in a lifetime opportunity!
In the end it was Fielder vs. Bautista and Prince Fielder brought it home.  The boys came home so amped!

The girls got to go to The American Girl doll store.  They had a blast.  My niece was so sweet and patient with my girls, since she has outgrown American Girl.  

Kansas was so much fun!  It reminded me just how blessed we are to have family that we love to be with.  

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