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August 2011

08/29/11

Stockpiling Cuddles

Our family is eagerly anticipating the arrival of our 4th daughter this fall, and recently I've become more and more aware of how much my older three are noticing the changes that will occur.   The other night, my oldest (recently turned six) asked for "extra cuddle time" to "stock up on cuddles before the baby comes." We talked about it and she's already anticipating a decrease in my availability, or specifically in my ability to cuddle as she knows I'll be nursing a new little one.   My second daughter is actively practicing with her baby dolls and planning all the things she will teach her new sister.   And, even our youngest is getting into the act, chiming in and copying her sisters who make it a ritual to talk to the baby through my stomach and tell her that they...

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08/22/11

I LOVE Day Trips... especially in the Fall!

Autumn is just around the corner... so my wheels are spinning as I anticipate all the great fall traditions our family enjoys. We love apple picking, we love pumpkin patches, we love fall festivals, but I especially LOVE LOVE LOVE taking my family on Day Trips! Every year we embark on new adventures and make new discoveries. I especially love day trips that lead us on adventures we don't find "in the city limits." I asked my girls to help me remember 10 of our Favorite Day Trip memories as we reminisce about past trips and anticipate new journeys this year! Milking Dairy Cows at Shatto Dairy Farm. Watching Cider Making and eating warm cider donuts at the Louisburg Cider Mill and spotting the rings on Saturn at the Powell Observatory. Apple Picking at Weston's Red Barn Farm and...

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08/14/11

A City Girl's Guide to the Missouri State Fair

This weekend, our family took a trip to Sedalia (for us 90 min. drive) to the Missouri State Fair held annually in mid-August (through Aug. 21 this year). If you grew up reading "Charlotte's Web"  you'll relate quickly to the sites and competitions just as described in the book where you'll see prize winning animals, fruits and vegetables, floral arrangements, baked goods, canned goods, and have the chance to feast on fair foods and ride rides. But the fair is more than that. So how should you plan to take a city family to a "country" state fair? These are some tips to plan your day of family fun at the fair!   General Tips/ What to Bring & What to Wear: Check the Admissions & Discounts Page for the best deals before you go. Parking is FREE, but you may upgrade to...

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08/08/11

Festival of Butterflies: One of our Favorite Annual Traditions

My oldest daughter LOVES butterflies and she happens to celebrate an August birthday... so the Powell Gardens Festival of Butterflies has become an annual family/birthday tradition for us. We look forward to it every year, and we attended this weekend (the festival is held again next weekend) where we enjoyed the beauty of butterflies and flowers!   If your family has the opportunity to attend the festival next weekend, we highly recommend it! Girls enjoy the Fancy Nancy Storytelling at 10:30am and all children enjoy the Caterpillar Parade at 11am.  The festival includes viewing native butterflies, monarchs, and exotic species. For an additional fee, they offer craft projects (painting flower pots, making butterfly projects) for children. And, of course the gardens, in...

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08/01/11

Seeing Stars... our trip to Powell Observatory

I love the city and I love city lights, but there is one major downside... city lights make it very difficult to see the stars at night. Louisburg is just far enough from all the bright lights of the city to facilitate a fantastic stargazing opportunity and we recently enjoyed a family outing to look through the LARGEST publicly available telescope in the five state area. The Powell Observatory (in Lewis-Young Park in Louisburg, KS, 913.438.3825. Open Sunset-Midnight Saturdays May-Oct.  $5/adults, $3/child. Public Programs on Saturday evenings when the sky is clear. Note: you have to climb a ladder - see image - to peer through the telescope, so the trip is not accessible if you are unable to climb stairs. http://www.askconline.org/powell.htm) is home to a 30-inch telescope, one of...

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photo of Kristina LightKristina Light, Electronic Media Manager for KCParent.com, and Editor of KC Going Places Magazine, is happily raising her family in her hometown. She and her husband, Ron, have four daughters. Kristina loves exploring Kansas City's treasured places and meeting the wonderful people who bring our city to life.

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