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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A sweet tea place in KS, the Oklahoma state fair and Aquarium! 

Here is a sweet little gem we found in coffeyville KS. It’s called Garden Thyme tea room and they have the yummiest lunch!  It’s in a old house and all the rooms are themed and cute!  The first time we went the girls got grilled cheese and tomato soup. I got the seasonal grilled cheese with wild rice soup. Both came with veggie chips and a pickle. This grilled cheese was amazing. It had cheddar, sliced apples and apple butter in it!  My youngest daughter actually ate all my wild rice soup so I took her yummy creamy tomato soup. Lol. The second time we went was for Gracie’s 9th birthday and we did the High Tea. They served us a yummy gingerbread tea in real tea cups and saucers and then we got a huge tower of yummy little sandwiches and desserts. It was a great place to go!We also we to the Oklahoma state fair. It was huge with every ride and food you can think of. We loved the nursery building where you went it and saw baby animals being born all day! It was amazing. Kinsley almost ordered her cheese pizza with scorpions on it because we thought it was a joke but nope. They really put those and crickets and worms on pizza! We played some games, won some toys and check out the exhibits. But didn’t ride any rides. 

We also did the aquarium for Gracie’s birthday. It was a lot of fun with the touch tanks!