Thursday, August 16, 2012

Family Vacay

It appeared as if someone in our family already thought she was on vacation before we ever left.....



Chet and I tossed around the idea of taking the kids on vacation for a while, and as much as we would have loved to have taken the kids to some fabulous place in another part of the country, a) it's expensive and b) three kids five and under on air planes and running through airports sounded like hell! Hence our decision to just drive two and a half hours northeast to Kansas City.

We had a slight change in plans when Chet's grandma unexpectedly passed away, so our first stop was Alta Vista for her visitation and funeral.

Chet's grandma was such a beautiful lady inside and out. Never without her lipstick or a hair out of place and probably the number one reader of this blog.

No matter how many times you tell yourself she isn't suffering any longer, it still doesn't make the loss any easier.

Chet's Uncle Darrell carrying Norma after her funeral....this picture is classic :)

Reese talks about her a lot, and Cru has started asking when she's coming back from heaven. Reese told him all he has to do is reach his hand high to the sky, grab a piece of her spirit, and put it in his heart and she'll be there forever.

We made it to KC, and within the first five minutes of being there, I prayed we wouldn't get kicked out!

We figured it was best to take the kiddos to the hotel pool to channel some of their energy and excitement.

We spent the next day at Crown Center. It was an absolute blast for the kids - Sea Life, Legoland, and Fritz's!

Lots of napping on daddy's shoulder while on vacation

That evening we ate at Chet's favorite restaurant - Cinzeti's!

Then back to the hotel for more swimming!

We spent the next day, which was my parents last day there, at the Legends.

While my mom and I shopped with Everlee, Chet and my dad entertained the older two....

Good times at Cabela's and the western store!

We met up a couple hours later at T-Rex...what an experience! I was afraid Cru and Everlee would get scared, but Everlee slept nearly the whole time we were there, and once Cru switched seats with Grandma (he thought the fake smoke would burn him!), we were all good! And I highly recommend going there!

Grammie and Papa's treat to Build-A-Dino

When my patents took off for home, we paid a visit to one of Chet's high school buddies, then spent the rest of the evening relaxing, watching the Olympics, and you guessed it, swimming!

We didn't have anything planned for our last day but making a trip to my favorite second hand store! Then home!

Evee seemed to be over the whole vacation thing at this point :)

I'm very thankful we were able to spend that time together as a family. We made some wonderful memories, and most of all the kids loved every minute of it! Cru has asked every day since then when we are going back to the hotel.

And because you haven't seen enough pictures yet, here are a few random ones!

We ate breakfast at Panera every morning, and the kids thought they were so cool drinking their water through coffee lids :)

Hanging in the hotel lobby

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