Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Visiting More Friends, Missouri Addition

Another busy weekend in the life of the Papons! It's been 8 years since we moved from Columbia, MO to WI and then on to MN. I love Facebook since it has really given us a chance to keep in touch with some of our friends who we had to leave behind.

This past weekend we were able to meet up with some of our MO friends who we attended Small Group Church with. It amazes me that we only had K-man and he was 3 months old when we moved. Some of our friends cute little kiddos are now beautiful teenagers and growing boys! A big thanks to our friend Heidi for organizing this reunion. We definitely would love to do this again!

 Our first stop on our trip down was to Walnut Grove, MN. Does that sound familiar?? Well if you watched Little House On The Prairie you know that is one of the places that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived. My whole family loves the Little House On The Prairie books and we love listening to them on CD when we travel. The kids were super excited to be visiting the actual place where one of her books took place. It was funny to listen to K-man talking about different parts of the book that he remembered.

 Runny up the path on the far side of Plum Creek.

 Posing before the hole where their dugout used to be. I can't imagine having to live like that. We also learned some great information from the signs that wasn't in her books.

 The old dugout location.

 Mom and K-girl walking along the table top land from Laura's book.

 The kids standing on the rock that Laura and her sister Mary stood on while playing along the creek. How Cool!!!

 We also got to visit a Laura Ingalls Wilder museum. It was a wonderful museum and had lots of different little buildings to walk through.

 Posing in front of the Little House set mural on the wall. We will definitely have to look in to getting some Little House episodes.

 Shawn and K-girl posing at the museum in front of the prairie. All the buildings in the background were part of the museum.

 K-sis by some prairie flowers that Daddy pointed out to her.

 The kids with Shawn down by Plum Creek.

 K-girl trying out a washboard. I'm very thankful for my washing machine!!!

 The exploration room, trying out some hands-on toys.

 Visiting a dugout. I don't think there is room for all our stuff!

 The dugout from the outside.

 Visiting the one room school house. Look at that smart looking class of kids. ;)

 We napped on the go!

When we arrived at the Christian Camp near Dayton, IA we had a fabulous weekend with a few of our Missouri E-Free friends. We were busy from morning to night and I wish we could have had more time together. Maybe next year we will have a few more families attend who weren't able to make it this year.

 Some of the kids playing kickball.

 The really cool play set which my kids loved!

 K-baby loved the twisty side!

 We played miniature golf. I'm not sure who won, but we had lots of fun.

 They had a fabulous pool which we spend hours in!

 K-girl and one of the boys that now lives in IA. The Kisers used to live our our route home when we lived in WI, but since we moved we havent' seen them. It was nice to be able to see them again and our kids loved chasing each other around.

 Paddle boating and canoeing with Dad.

 K-baby loved the lake. She pretended she was an alligator and crawled around at the edge happy as can be.

 The bigger kids enjoyed making rivers and wetlands in the mud shore. The boy on the right was a cute little Kindergartner when we left MO and now he is a fun, loving, boy scout. The kids loved wrestling with him.

 The men enjoying some time to chat.

 We weren't ruffing it. We had a wonderful facility with bathrooms, showers, separate rooms for each family and a kitchen to cook our food.

 Canoeing with Dad. The little lake was beautiful and the kids had a blast with all the activities they could do.

 The kids found some time to play catch with dad.

 Learning to build a boy scout fire.


 K-girl taking a turn being the pitcher for her kickball team.


We came home tired and happy and we are looking forward to seeing these wonderful friends again. If you get up to the MN area we would love to have you spend some time with us!

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