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We ran down to Hutchinson, KS for a weekend so the boys could FINALLY go to the Cosmosphere.  We tried to go over Spring Break but the weather got really nasty and we had to postpone it.  We got into Hutch around 4:30 and decided to go to the Underground Salt Mine.  I have to tell you, I liked it better than the Cosmosphere.  They take you down 650 feet in an elevator and then you can walk the tour at your own pace.  Along the way, they have videos that you can watch.  They also have two fun rides.  One was a train that took you into the mines more and the other was a tram that did pretty much the same thing (but they were both fun).  I loved the dark elevator ride up and down.





They also store some of the costumes from movies there.  There aren’t a ton there.  The majority are kept close by.



We hit the Cosmosphere the next day, which was Eric’s favorite place on this trip.  We did the all day pass even though we knew we would only be there for four or so hours (we had tickets to an MMA fight in KC that night).  We did get a little bit of a discount since we had been to the Salt Mine the day before (just bring your receipt in).  There is a lot to look at.  A. Ton.  After we saw everything, we all went to see a planetarium show.  After that, Luke and Eric went to a movie and Kenny and I went to Dr. Goddard’s Lab.  Dr. G’s Lab was fantastic.  If you go to the Cosmosphere, make sure you go to it.



(Hurricane simulator)




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Kenny’s favorite things – age 9

1. What is your favorite color? Scarlet.

2. What is your favorite toy?  Legos.

3. What is your favorite fruit?  Kiwi.

4. What is your favorite tv show?  Kick Buttowski.

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Chicken pot pie.

6. What is your favorite outfit?  Sporting KC jersey and comfortable blue shorts.

7. What is your favorite game?  Mario Kart DS.

8. What is your favorite snack?  Cinnamon almonds.

9. What is your favorite animal?  Monkey.

10. What is your favorite song?  My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Fall Out Boys).

11. What is your favorite book?  Big Nate.

12. Who is your best friend?  Arden, Harrison and J.T.

13. What is your favorite cereal? Honey Bunches of Oats.

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play soccer.

15. What is your favorite drink?  Milk.

16. What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas.

17. What do you like to take to bed with you?  Blanket.

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Oatmeal. 

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Pizza.

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Sporting KC player.

Previous years:  Kenny’s favorite things – age 7.

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Kenny had a European soccer tournament last week so I put Luke in a Sporting KC one.  The funny thing was, we went to watch a SKC practice this week and were trying to figure out how to get to the practice fields.  The guy who gave us directions said, “Luke?  Luke M, right?”  He had been one of the coaches at the clinic and remembered Luke.



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Loose Park

We went to the Loose Park Sprayground.  Luke and I tried to go earlier this week but it wasn’t open yet.  The boys are almost too old for it (sad!).





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Pool pics 2013




Luke still isn’t tall enough to go off the high dive or slide.

Note to PV:  I think this is a really dumb rule.  He could have been going off them last summer if it was based on swimming skills.

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Luke and Kenny’s cousins were in town last week.  Eric’s mom is getting married in December so his sisters and their families came in town for her shower and (tame) bachelorette party.


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July 4, 2013

We had a crazy fourth of July.




We went up to VillageFest in the morning, like we always do.  They had a new zip line ride that we hit first.  We had to wait in line  Eventually, Kenny asked if he could go sit in the shade while I held his place in line (Luke didn’t weigh enough so he and Eric went on the train ride instead).  That should have been clue #1.  Finally, it was his turn to go and he seriously didn’t have any expression on his face the whole time.  Clue #2.  Then, we met back up with Eric and Luke and went to get new bike helmets from this wonderful organization called Head Strong for Jake.  Eric ran inside the police station to grab us some waters while the boys were getting their helmets fitted.  The nice woman who was helping us kept asking Kenny questions and he really wasn’t answering her that much.  Clue #3.  We were then walking towards the paramedic to have him double-check their helmets when Kenny started saying, “I want water, I want water, I want water.”  And then the poor boy started going down.  Luckily, I caught him and the paramedic picked him up and started taking him into the shade.  Eric had gotten stuck inside because another child had passed out but came out at this point.  He took Kenny and we all went inside to get him in the a/c and check his vitals.

The crazy thing was that it really wasn’t that hot out (mid-80s).  But, it was really hot waiting in that line.

We went home after that and spent the afternoon taking it easy inside and making sure he got a lot of Gatorade and water.

My parents came over that night and we had brats and hotdogs on the grill.  Then we lit some little tanks and smoke bombs.





We ended the night with fireworks at our favorite country club.  The boys had a prime spot on the golf course.  My kids will forever associate Tootsie Pop suckers with fireworks.  My mom started bringing them years ago and now they just expect it.

Note for me:  Fireworks start at 9:45.  We always go way too early:)


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