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Kansas…these last four days!

September 26, 2012

So much has transpired in these last few days…we’ve made some serious memories! Here’s an attempt at a few highlights!

Saturday was Grandma Edna’s 80th birthday celebration. However, those pictures are on facebook. You’ll have to check out my album there if you are interested in the first days of our Kansas trip!

Sunday we spent the day at Nate’s parents new house..the “little house on the prairie”. What a gorgeous day, good food, and lots of great family playtime. The country provided the kids with a great deal of space to play!

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The cousins (missing only one) had so much fun together! These are once-a-year moments and are thankfully well treasured.

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Nate’s Grandparents shared lunch with us. Three generations of Boster boys!

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And here with their better halves (as my husband would say)!

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The Boster great-grandkids (minus one).

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Little Miss has loved every minute of her freedom outside. She is quite the explorer and so content to climb, wander, and explore on her own. Thank God there were so many eyes Sunday afternoon. She has grown up so much these last few weeks. She can name several animal sounds (her favorite is the lion’s roar), expresses answers to yes and no commands (most of the time), screams whenever she wants attention (definitely trying hard to break that habit), becoming more proficient at holding on to railings/door frames as she walks down the stairs (yikes and I definitely find myself holding my breath hoping beyond hope she doesn’t fall), beginning to understand good bye and waving, folding her hands unprompted for grace before meal prayers (yes she often reminds me to pray before we eat), she can say “grandma” in her archaic pronunciation (a pronunciation only parents can understand), and thankfully sometimes has enough grace to obey our “NO” commands (I’m afraid the poor thing hears it constantly). She’s all about attention and has so many expressions and such a high and low personality. This girl is a trip!

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Monday & Tuesday were largely spent on the Ptacek farm. Oh the farm! It’s a place that holds many memories for my husband and there’s a certain magic that comes over him as she shares this place with his own kids. He’s sort of a kid on Christmas morning! We love the “farm” and all the love that it holds. There are always enough tricycles (some quite rusty even) for everyone! It’s part of the character of the farm.

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The chickens (gathering eggs & feeding them the table scraps) always holds a certain excitement for our kids. They anticipate these moments immensely as we prepare for our Kansas trips. The first day they gathered only four eggs, but the second day there were ELEVEN eggs to gather.

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The family was sharing redneck stories over lunch one afternoon, and we couldn’t help but experience it also. Chickens have their own version of “tackle the man with the football”. Throw a grape to the chickens — they will peck it — it will get stuck on their beak — and they will consequently be chased by the other chickens in an attempt to steal it back. Oh my…funny is a good word. Stupid is another word that comes to mind.

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These little guys lost their momma the last night we were there. That meant they needed to be corralled and kept safe until they could fend for themselves. It took 3 adults and two children 30 minutes to successfully “capture” all three babies. BTW, did you know you can put cheerios in the food processor as feed for baby chickens?

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Katie girl has a certain love for “snuggling” chickens after our time chick sitting last December. After being captured, she had to calm this baby chick.

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Nate’s grandparents live in this tiny little town that has a very cool old-fashioned soda shop. How fantastic to share an hour or two together at the Linger Longer in Bennington, KS. (I know Wikipedia is a not a reliable research source, but I’m tired and I don’t want to look too hard. Sorry.)

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Michael continues to love Legos and is becoming quite the imaginative builder. I loved that I got to sit with him for an hour or so this afternoon as he built his creations. He narrated everything for me from finding the right piece to the importance of what he was building and how the minifigures were going to use it. Although, we brought a few legos with us, Michael was excited to build with Daddy’s old legos. Did you know the minifigures looked different 30 years ago? In fact, they were so excited that they traded Grandma one of their new minifigures for one of her “old” ones. Funny, right?! I am certain they aren’t likely to forget this stash of legos on their next visit to Grandma & Grandpa’s.

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Michael is really growing up, becoming a young man capable of doing things without the security of others (especially his sister). He’s a proficient reader and Clare’s fantastic side kick and hero. He’s also a tremendous help to me. Poor Mikey though has a strong reaction to sugar. We are careful to allow him space and lots of room to expend his excess energy after enjoying the processed sugars. What a special boy and a great gift to our family!

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any great feature photos of Katie, but that girl continues to have a heart of gold. I find she is spending more time by herself and separating herself for more quiet time. She loves writing in her journal, chronically her adventures. She is still a great learner and loves the process of discovery. Science is her passion and she’s quite the crafter! She is a bit of a mother hen too. I love you sweet girl…soon to be NINE!!!

Whew, are you tired of reading this blog yet?

Tuesday evening we made it to Great Bend, KS to my grandmother’s house. Ahh…it’s my old stomping grounds now!

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Grandma has the most fantastic fenced in backyard…so beautifully tended and fantastic for any kind of outdoor play. Nate and I got some time to toss the frisbee, Michael practiced his gymnastics, and all the kids climbed on the deer.

Today, we had a picnic and walked through Brit Spagh Zoo! What a great little FREE zoo. I remember walking through this zoo when I was my kids’ age. It’s fun to take them them there now…the familiarity of so many years! Clare of course shared her lion growl many times throughout the day! That girl loves her lions!!

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The Bengal Tigers were hanging out so close to the viewing windows! What an amazing creature!

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What do you see??

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There are cool fish in the aquarium room…

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…and great fish to feed in the pond. I think these same fish were here 30 years ago. They are huge!

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Don’t forget the turtles also!

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The peacocks were one of my favorite animals as a child walking through this zoo. I remember hoping so much that they would fluff their feathers. I think I remember it only a handful of times. It’s fun to think now they are so tame that they’ll eat food out of your hand.

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This cougar took a special interest in Nate. In fact, Nate was able to entice him to stalk him and ultimately chase him. WOW! Thank God for reinforced fences, but very cool to see such a large cat act just like our house cat! (Photo credits: Katie Boster)

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Tomorrow we are taking Grandma to Hutchinson and then on to Wichita for some time at Exploration Place, and I even get to eat my traditional Carlos O’Kelly’s meal – Pasta Diablo – for lunch. It promises to be a great day! More to come in what will surely be a shorter blog post! Good night!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Linny permalink
    September 27, 2012 9:14 am

    Have enjoyed you special adventures and memories! What wonderful pictures and stories! I miss all of you so much! I love you…A.Linny xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Give the kids xoxoxo for me!

  2. Stacey permalink
    September 27, 2012 9:38 pm

    Looks like a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing!

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