Pioneer trails museum in Independence MO and visiting with family!

Since we are living in Independence MO we went to the pioneer trails museum. I remember learning about the Oregon trail, California trail and Santa Fe trail when I was a child so I thought it would be a great learning experience for the girls. I learned why all the trails started here in Independence it was because this was the last westward town all the way till their destinations in Oregon, California or Santa Fe which took 4-6 months to walk, ride a horse or sit in a wagon. I bought a book in the gift shop that was a page turner. I read it in a few days and recommended it to anyone probably 3rd grade and up for more info on the trails. It was the Donner party I read about called All We Left Behind. It was very interesting to learn how they actually traveled and mistakes that were made ending them up stuck in the snowy mountains for months starving. 

They also have wagon rides pulled by mules that take you through some trails and the tour guide tells you more history.

We had some family come down that weekend so the girls went swimming in their hotel pool and they played all day. 


Melvin the Magnificent Molar

I just received a copy of Melvin the Magnificent Molar and my daughter loves it. She is 2 1/2 and we already read it 3 time in one day. She wants to read it all the time. It is the cutest story about Melvin and how to keep you teeth clean so they don’t turn green. It’s so cute. When Grace brushes her teeth we say “Its time to brush your Melvin” and she gets all excited. It helps kids learn that brushing your teeth are very important. And going to the dentist is Fun! It tells them all about what happens at the dentist office and what happens when there tooth goes to the tooth fairy. It is a wonderful book and I recommend it to any mom or day for their kids. Also in the back of the book you can have the tooth fairy send a personalized, autographed letter to your child thanking them for taking good care of their teeth.
To purchase this book go to And they will even personally sign every book you order!!!!