We just returned from another exciting trip to Kansas. This time however it was just Mom and the boys as Dad stayed home to work since he doesn't have vacation time earned yet. The drive was a little shorter since we moved to West Lafayette but it was still 2 long days in the car. The boys did great but I don't think I will be trying to do any more long car rides alone any time soon.
Of course we celebrated the boys birthdays. Ben and Sam were Grandma's helpers for making fish cupcakes.
The boys learned how to play one of my favorite games from childhood, Connect 4. I use to play this game all the time with my Grandpa Wallace.
Blowing out the candles.
Opening presents. Again, thank you so much to everyone who helped celebrate the boys birthdays. We are very blessed.
The highlight of every trip to Kansas is the nightly feeding of the horses. Here they are with Quizno.
The new horse Jasper.
A new treat was petting the momma cat. Apparently there are 12 kittens at the farm but they weren't tame enough to pet.
On Wednesday it was rainy so we headed to the Johnson County museum. We took the boys here when Ben was 2 and met up with some friends when we made a trip to Kansas in the winter.
Pretending to be doctors.
They helped with a play some girls were doing.
Playing on the farm and grocery store.
The boys were very interested in listening to "The Lone Ranger" when I explained that there use to be a time when there wasn't TV to watch and people had to listen to the radio and use their imagination.
An old farm house. Learning to make butter.
The boys tried golf....I don't think they will be joining Aunt Brenda or Uncle John any time soon!
The museum got pretty crowed quick and it was about lunch time so we headed over to the Legends shopping area to check out the T-REX Cafe.
It's hard to tell in the pictures but it was a dinosaur themed restaurant with robotic dinosaurs everywhere. The boys loved exploring the place and the 4 fish tanks they had.
Afterwards we headed to Cabella's since it was across the street. Sorry we didn't bring Dad home a boat but the boys pretended to get some target shooting in.
Thursday was the coolest day due to the rain so we decided to head to the KC Zoo. It was exciting to see animals we have never seen before. First was the polar bear.
Ben pretending to be an orangutan. He thought it was hilarious that one of the orangutans had a blanket wrapped around him that he was holding on to while swinging from the branches.
The KC Zoo was pretty big and fun to walk around since they have a couple of aviaries to go into and see animals close up.
Ben pretending to be an ape.
There were a couple of fun playgrounds in the zoo.
Mom's favorite exhibit was the penguins. There was a huge cold water tank for the penguins to swim around and watch. They also had tropical penguins that could swim outside.
One of the younger gorillas napping.
The boys enjoyed seeing momma and baby gorilla.
Close up of baby born 5/25/15.
Great Grandpa Wray took us for a drive in his 1948 Chevy pickup. The boys thought it was pretty cool to ride without seat belts and were amazed that the air conditioning was just having the windows rolled down!
The boys had a great time playing with Amanda and playing ball with Newt. It was fun to watch Lilly be a bully chasing all the kittens away from the house (she's scared of the momma cat).