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. 

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Learning about South America rain forests!


We are currently learning about South America rain forest so we made some terrariums with kits we got for Christmas! Grace got a glow in the dark one with cute little mushroom and bunny. Came with the dirt, water bottle, sand, pebbles, and wheat grass and chia seeds. Kinsley got a troll one with a little poppy house and doll. Hers only came with that so we dug up some dirt and split Gracie’s seeds. Now just waiting for it to grow!

In these two photos are our lettuce we regrow with our romain lettuce bottoms. We just put in water and they regrow! And the barrel cactus I’ve had for four years. Grace and her father dug it up in Texas for Mother’s Day! It had one barrel and now has over ten. Blooms once a year for one day. Last year it was on the day my brother and sister in law got married. It’s flowers are a Bright purple pink color!