Lovin' the lake.
The Carousel at MOA. Clayton loved riding the "wagon" with Aunt Cindy.
Caroline, of course, went for the fancy horses with Aunt Kitty.
Our favorites! We love the Backyardigans!!!
On the train caboose at the 1800's authentic pioneer village we stopped at on our way home.
This little town was one of the best parts of the trip. Caroline & I had spent the summer reading "Little House on the Prairie", "Little House in the Big Woods", and were actually halfway through "Little House & the Long Winter". We didn't visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead (it was a couple hours out of our way) but when we stopped at this little village, we identified a ton of things that we had read about that made them real to Caroline. My favorite find was in a barn of old farm equipment and wagons. We had read about a "Horsepower Machine" that used horses to generate power to a machine that threshed grain. We tried to imagine it as we read, but there in the barn was an actual original implement that had an illustration next to it showing how it worked. It was amazing! The other thing we had read about was the muskrat homes that by looking at, Charles Ingalls could tell that a hard winter was expected. I'd never seen a muskrat mound before. But it dawned on me as we drove past the marshy land of Eastern South Dakota (which is actually where "The Long Winter" took place that the mounds I could see were exactly that! I was so excited. Unfortunately, that is the part of the trip that Caroline slept through.
Our balloon parrot from the Rainforest Cafe. Connor was giving it kisses.
Excited about the "Thunderstorm" in the cafe - with real rain! What a refreshing way to end a long day at the Mall!
Aunt Cindy teaching Clayton bad habits - water fights in restaurants are not good behavior!
The Lego Store & Woody!
The Balloon Ride!
A sunny day at Como Zoo with Aunt Cindy.
All super excited to be at the Como Zoo carousel. Obviously. (Actually, it was just really bright out.)