Usually, twice per year, we have an opportunity to visit Brian's parents (the boys Grandparents) in Missouri. We visited last week and had a wonderful time together!
Full tummies at Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
A Springfield, Missouri tradition: Pineapple Whip. I was a Pineapple Whip virgin until this week.
One of our favorite summer traditions with Nana and Papa is attending a Springfield Cardinals baseball game. This is our second minor league baseball game of the season and we love it!
Oliver really seemed to "get" the game this time. He loved watching how fast the men ran and watching the numbers flash up on the monitor telling us how fast the ball was being pitched. But what really seemed to get Oliver's attention during this game was his hope for a fly ball:
He went home empty handed. But, just as he patiently waits for a tornado to come to his house, he will patiently wait to catch a fly ball next time.
Silver Dollar City theme park, where we had a lot of fun. One of the things I was most excited about experiencing was the Wallenda Family Circus. I didn't realize until we were sitting well into the program that Nik Wallenda (top left) is the guy who just tightroped across Niagra Falls last month. What was almost as impressive was the lady in the chair who stood on the chair which was on top of the two men on bikes who were balancing on a tightrope with no net below them is Nik's mom, Delilah! Nik is in his early thirties so his mother must be in her fifties. Apparently, Karl Wallenda, Nik's great-grandfather, died in 1979 after falling from a tightrope in Puerto Rico. He was 73. Really cool to experience this 7 generation family of the Flying Wallendas.
After the Circus, we enjoyed riding the Silver Dollar City Train where there was a train "stick-up."
The boys were pretty precious...they bordered on believing it and realizing it was a joke. Either way, they enjoyed being "robbed." Brian gave them each a quarter so that the "robbers" were able to take money from them (and give them a high-five). The money went to charity. It was all really cute.
Thankfully, the train conductor ended up getting control of the situation and we were back off on to our train ride.
This was also Bennett's first roller coaster. Bennett is fairly fearless so it didn't surprise us that he wanted to join the ride, too. Don't let the picture above fool you, though. Bennett's crying when he got off the roller coaster wasn't because he was scared. It was because he wanted to go again. :) However, it was the last ride of our day so it was time to go home. Bennett was less than thrilled with that decision.