When we visited Chris, Dawn and their 6 daughters in New York last September, we made plans to meet up with them again while traveling through the US this season. We were happy to make this stop just outside of Kansas City, Missouri at Lake Paradise RV Resort.
It was so great to see our friends again. We had so much to get caught up on and our time together simply flew by. But even with so much socializing to do, we still did manage to take our huge group to a few fun locations. And of course, since there were 12 young ladies to please, our first activity was an afternoon of thrift store shopping. Ha!Ha!
Our second outing was to Powell Gardens. We were surprised at just how beautiful it was even though so much was still not in season. The chapel was a favourite. Not only was it beautiful, it also had amazing acoustics. The girls had a lot of fun singing together in there. Their voices all harmonized so beautifully together.
Dawn and Chris met in Kansas City and lived there for a while, so when they offered to show us a bit of the city, we were thrilled! They were fantastic tour guides as they showed us so many interesting sites including a Spanish themed shopping district, the Performing Arts Building and Hallmark where they both had worked many years earlier. As a surprise for the children, Dawn had prearranged for us to stop by the Hallmark museum and Kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope is a free children’s craft room which is owned by Hallmark. The space reminded me of something from Dr.Suess and ALL the kids had so much fun. It is a crafty kids dream come true! Since Hallmark owns Crayola there was an awesome combination of supplies. There was a glow in the dark room with wax paint and markers that glowed in black light. There were paper eyeglasses to paint, puzzles to create and of course, kaleidoscopes to decorate.
Our visit with our wonderful friends was definitely too short and we miss them all already. Our next get together will not be until December and although it seems a long way off, we are thankful for modern technologies and the ability to stay in touch no matter where the travels of both our families take us. :-)