Monday, June 21, 2010

Our Trip to Mansfield, MO for my MIL's birthday.

I'm posting this a little late, but last Saturday, June 12th, was my Mother in Law's birthday and she wanted to take a little weekend trip to Mansfield, MO to visit the Laura Ingalls-Wilder home and museum there. While I was never a fan of Little House on the Prairie, I do remember my Mom watching it as a little girl. I think I was just a little too young to really get into it when it was on television. But since my MIL wanted to go, we decided to go along for the ride. I wasn't expecting to have nearly as good of a time as I did. 11 of us went, Jake and I, My MIL and a family friend and then one of Jake's brothers and his family. We made the 3 hour drive on a Saturday morning and spent the day visiting the museum and the farm home Laura and Almanzo Wilder built for themselves. We then went to eat and then visited their gravesites. After that we went back to the hotel to let the kids swim and we all sat out by the pool and visited. The next day we went to this Pioneer Village in Mansfield that was very cool and then we went back to the Wilder's property to tour their "Rock House" that their daughter Rose had built for them. After that we had lunch and then made the drive back home to St. Louis, MO. Below are a few pictures from our trip. It was such a fun trip and I'm so glad we went. 

Jake and I along with his oldest brother and his family and my MIL in front of the entrance sign.

The Laura Ingalls-Wilder Museum.

The Farm house that Almanzo and Laura built on Rocky Ridge Farm.

My MIL along with 3 of her grand-daughters, (the two older ones are reading all the Little House books now and really enjoyed the trip) sitting on the front steps of the Farm House.

The gravestones of Laura and Almanzo Wilder and their daughter, Rose.

The kids swimming in the Hotel pool.
The adults sitting by the pool. From left to right its my SIL Amie, my MIL Diane, Jim (a friend of the family), my husband Jake, my BIL Larry and my nephew Brandon.

The cute little Pioneer Village we visited in Mansfield. This was such a fun little place to visit.

A "Crooked House" at the pioneer village.

The seed store at the Pioneer Village. The inside was literally lined wall to wall with seed packets from all over the world.

Jake and I in one of the little shops at the Pioneer Village.

The "Rock House" that Rose Wilder had built for her parents. It was such a cool house.

All 11 of us standing in front of the Rock House.

On our way home we saw a sign for the World's largest Rocking Chair. So we stopped off to check it out. Very cool!!

A very pretty rainbow we saw on the way home.

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