Kalso, Garnett, KS, USA

GubbL


Posted Nov 4, 2011, 11:38 am
waiting to get to Oklahoma, meanwhile me and my owner love to play hide & seek :)
GubbL


Posted Nov 4, 2011, 11:45 am
but now its time to say goodbye. I want to explore the world, leave Germany behind and go for some big countries...

Take the last shower and go clean into the world. First stop Oklahoma, for X-mas eve and new year, damn Im excited :)
klubwerks


Posted Nov 25, 2011, 4:24 am
My host tells me that a long time ago, Pilgrims came to America, from England, to get away from religious persecution and the Native Americans helped them survive on the land and taught them many things. Religious persecution is the mistreatment of people because of their religious beliefs. The Pilgrims actually thought that this was India, which is why they called the Native Americans "Indians". There was a big feast that the Pilgrims and "Indians" had together in late November, but no one knows exactly when, so now Thanksgiving Day is on the fourth Thursday in November.

There was more history in this time including the Native Americans being forced off their land. Oklahoma is part of the Trail of Tears where Native Americans were marched into reservations and many of them died. This part of the history is quite terrible and sad. However, they still celebrate Thanksgiving Day in America and it's all about giving thanks for what you have and being with your family.

I got to enjoy Thanksgiving with my Host Amelia and several other TV's and we all helped out with making dinner...

Jinny's Masataku
Mischa's Paul
Katie's Charles
MamiTig's Myka
Ina's Schnattchen
Xadrian's Drashuven
Mellialida's Mr.Shawn
Klubwerks (my host) Toki, Mulvane (Mully), Fleece, and Chico
klubwerks


Posted Nov 25, 2011, 4:27 am
I arrived just in time to help make more Steampunk ornaments for the xmas tree. We are all helping to put it up this weekend. There is so much creativity going on here!
klubwerks


Posted Nov 26, 2011, 11:05 pm
It was a lot of fun decorating the xmas tree, but later we're going to move everything to a white tree. A lot of the Steampunk ornaments are dark, so it's not as easy to see all the details on the ornaments. I think the white tree will be way better! I love white... it reminds me of home <3
klubwerks


Posted Dec 5, 2011, 12:39 am
We put some presents under the xmas tree that we've been helping to make for other toyvoyagers who are spending xmas with us. One of these presents is for me too. Toki and my host made something for me last night while I was sleeping. I wonder what I am getting?
klubwerks


Posted Dec 9, 2011, 7:15 pm
It's getting cold here, but no snow yet. My host has been sneaking out of the house a few minutes early each morning to try and catch frost. It frosted outside one day, but hasn't frosted again. She really wants to get a photo of me near some frost flakes.

We're still working on presents, since xmas is only about 2 weeks away, and we get the white xmas tree this weekend. I am hoping to have more photos this weekend!
klubwerks


Posted Dec 10, 2011, 2:39 am
I love the fish and sushi xmas ornaments! They are very glittery but festive. They make me so hungry!

So, on another topic, I met some of the my host's toys today. I met her only penguin Slopey. He was named for his slopey beak. Amelia, my host, perfers to adopt the damaged toys that otherwise might be bought last or thrown out. She likes to fix them, but sometimes she leaves them the way they are because they give them character. My host has a lop sided smile because of a damaged nerve in her face, so she feels like Slopey's smile is like hers. I thought this story was very sweet!

I, also, met Snoopy who's a cartoon celebrity. I met Marc the Lemur, Zhevra the zebra, Leo the leopard seal, Starshine (the smaller snowman), and Holiday (the bigger snowman).

And then I snuck into a photo with Myka and bunch of the black and white toys!
klubwerks


Posted Dec 14, 2011, 2:10 am
Some toy adoptions arrived today! We got to meet Percival Hippo, Waddle Penguin, and Stretchy Ostrich. Our hosts employers gave us a glass bottle of candy too! We enjoyed being at work with our host today!
klubwerks


Posted Dec 17, 2011, 4:53 am
We decorated the Christmas Tree today. My host Amelia made all the ornaments herself, with the exception of a few sentimental ornaments. Tannen the Bedtime Bear ornament is one of the toys that lives here.

I posed in Jane's Hat, from the tv series Firefly. It's an old series that didn't last long, but they have a lot of fans.
klubwerks


Posted Dec 18, 2011, 6:20 am
I got to eat breakfast for lunch at IHOP today!
klubwerks


Posted Dec 24, 2011, 2:35 am
Hanging out on a xmas hat!
klubwerks


Posted Dec 24, 2011, 3:34 am
The household decided to open presents early this year. They wanted plenty of time to play with thier presents over the weekend. Everyone in the house caught a terrible cold, so presents made everyone feel better too.

So, we toyvoyagers decided to open presents too! I love my presents so much! My host handmade my clothes for me. I got a crochet scarf, a vest, and a great top hat. They all fit me so well and make me feel like a dashing penguin!

Oh, and it's supposed to snow this weekend. We'll see!
klubwerks


Posted Jan 13, 2012, 6:14 am
Look! SNOW!!!

Oklahoma had it's first snow of the season tonight. Granted, it was more of a flurries than a full fledged snow and it was gone before morning... but it was very winter and cold. It almost reminded me of home... almost.
klubwerks


Posted Jan 30, 2012, 3:43 am
We played with a bunch of Steampunk stuff and we had fun! They have a more western style steampunk here in Oklahoma. They like pistols, flintlocks, and the worn "old" look... poker cards... that sort of thing. It's pretty neat!

And the lovely lady in the photos with me is Sookie <3
MamiTig


Posted Feb 22, 2012, 3:50 am
Fidditch greeted Kalso as he arrived at the new host home, in Iola, Kansas!
MamiTig


Posted Feb 24, 2012, 2:48 am
It was beautiful this morning, like springtime, so host mom took Kalso to the Neosho River to see if the trees had any signs of leaves yet. They didn't, but it was still lovely to stretch out in the sunshine!
MamiTig


Posted Feb 25, 2012, 4:17 am
Host mom started a new sewing project today! It sure has a lot of pieces and a lot of fabric!
MamiTig


Posted Feb 26, 2012, 1:46 am
Today was church supper, after Sabbath school. The theme was yummy soup and sandwiches!
MamiTig


Posted Feb 27, 2012, 4:30 am
We stopped at the arboretum in Lawrence to stretch our legs today. It doesn't look like much today, but host mom says that in a few months it will be green, filled with flowers, and gorgeous!
MamiTig


Posted Feb 27, 2012, 4:31 am
Topeka has a huge water tower!
MamiTig


Posted Feb 27, 2012, 4:37 am
CiCi's Pizza was delicious today!
MamiTig


Posted Feb 28, 2012, 2:30 am
Host mom had just a little extra time this morning, so she took us to a place called Twin Trestles on the way to work. The railroads used to come through here, but they don't any more. The local teenagers use this as a party hangout in the summer, and when it rains in the spring, it floods and the road is impassible. It is said to be haunted. Host mom said she'll bring us back here some time when there's more time to explore and look at all the graffiti.
MamiTig


Posted Feb 29, 2012, 3:08 am
Kalso met a beautifully dark little angel today...
MamiTig


Posted Mar 1, 2012, 2:41 am
Host mom showed me one of the Iola water towers, so we could see how much smaller it is than the Topeka water tower. It was so windy I couldn't wear my hat because I was afraid it would blow away. Host mom said there are a variety of interesting water towers all over Kansas, and I might get to see more in the future! :)
MamiTig


Posted Mar 2, 2012, 5:34 am
Host mom took us on a road trip today and stopped for gas at Love's Truck Stop! She complained at the price of gas, but said she stopped here because it's more than ten cents per gallon cheaper than anywhere else in the area!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 am
Host mom took me for a walk down the back alley during her lunch hour, to look for signs of spring! This is what we found. :)
MamiTig


Posted Mar 5, 2012, 4:08 am
Host mom said she would take us back to Twin Trestles when she had more time for pictures and playing, and she did!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 5, 2012, 4:18 am
Host mom took us to see another water tower, in Gas City. It's called Gas (or Gas City) because there was a lot of natural gas mined here in the late 1800s. The water tower is painted to look like a giant gas can!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 6, 2012, 4:02 am
Host mom took me outside to get some fresh air, and told me a little about the house next door. The kids say that it is haunted. It belonged to a little old man, who was about 95 years old when his children decided that he needed more care and he moved in, across town, with his daughter. The house had fallen into considerable disrepair, but was purchased last summer and it's in the beginning stages of renovation. They cleared away what seemed like an entire forest of trees and weeds, and put on a new roof. We can't wait to see what they do next!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 7, 2012, 4:23 am
Kalso went exploring in the critter room today. Kalso said hello to Steve the lizard (he sure is good at hiding... he's just to the right of the middle of the photo!) and played with baby hedgehogs
MamiTig


Posted Mar 8, 2012, 2:18 am
Host mom didn't have much time today, but I wanted to go outside, so she took me out to the back alley to see what I could see on this windy, windy day!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 9, 2012, 2:50 am
Host mom took me to work today. I found the "Books are Fun" bin and I just had to explore! Books are Fun is a company that brings books and things to the workplace so people can look and then order what they like at a discounted price. :)
MamiTig


Posted Mar 10, 2012, 4:30 am
Kalso helped the youth group kids make birthday cards for Elwin, who turns 91 tomorrow!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 11, 2012, 5:51 am
Kalso went to Sabbath school, and afterward, got to enjoy church supper and wishing Elwin a happy 91st birthday!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 11, 2012, 5:55 am
Kalso enjoyed the Thayer SDA youth group. The songs and craft project were fun, and the dinner was delicious!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 12, 2012, 3:34 am
Host mom grumbled about how gas prices are going up again... and this is the cheapest gas in the area :(
MamiTig


Posted Mar 12, 2012, 4:34 am
One of the TVs in our group has a life goal of visiting cemeteries, so we stopped at Foster Cemetery while in Topeka today!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 12, 2012, 4:57 am
After a long day of voyaging, we were hungry!! Host mom took us to CiCi's Pizza in Lawrence again, yum!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 13, 2012, 2:35 am
It was so lovely outside this evening that host mom grabbed a few of the kids and the TVs, and walked down to Hillbrant House to see what's blooming!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 14, 2012, 3:13 am
Today, host mom took me walking in the opposite direction, where she said there was a lovely Bradford pear tree that she wanted to photograph me with. Then we walked over to the Cottonwood Garden where we found one bush blooming with dainty, white flowers. On the way home, she showed me one of her favorite houses. She said it was built in the late 1800s!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 15, 2012, 3:14 am
For today's journey, the host mom drove me over to Riverside Park, where we climbed over the dike and took a look at the river.
MamiTig


Posted Mar 17, 2012, 3:29 am
Oh goody, a road trip! We got all packed up!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 17, 2012, 4:39 am
We stopped at the rest stop, just south of the Arkansas border, to stretch our legs and get some pictures in the Ozark Mountains!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 17, 2012, 11:46 pm
We got ready, then wandered around the Arkansas Anime Festival and looked at all of the people in costumes!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 18, 2012, 2:17 am
The host family and their friends dressed up and changed costumes lots today!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 19, 2012, 4:23 am
It was time to go home today, and the first place we stopped was the National Fish Hatchery, in Neosho, Missouri! I had so much fun exploring the museum and feeding the fish!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 20, 2012, 1:25 am
As we left the fish hatchery, we noticed a beautiful old cemetery. One of the TVs in the group has a goal to visit 10 cemeteries, so we stopped to help her fulfill her goal. It was very peaceful and beautiful there.
MamiTig


Posted Mar 20, 2012, 4:36 am
The host family said that they can't imagine driving through Carthage, MO and not stopping at the Precious Moments Chapel! It's such a beautiful, amazing place!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 21, 2012, 3:39 am
Some of the hedgehogs came out to play today!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 23, 2012, 4:36 am
Host mom took me to the Neosho River this morning to see how much the spring rains have made it rise! The current sure was running fast; we made sure not to go too close to the edge!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 23, 2012, 11:38 pm
When we passed through Lyndon, KS, host mom stopped to show us the water tower and a historical log cabin!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 24, 2012, 5:05 am
We went to find a Wal-mart while we were in Topeka and found this interesting drive in movie theater marquee in the parking lot. Host mom  took us over to have a look, and we learned that we were looking at a piece of history!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 25, 2012, 5:24 am
Today we went to Easter play practice! There were lots of kids and costumes and everybody was having so much fun!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 26, 2012, 1:41 am
The sky was so pretty as the sun prepared to sink below the horizon- the picture doesn't do justice to how pretty the scene really was!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 26, 2012, 4:07 am
Today was a lovely spring day and when we drove by Hillbrant House, host mom got very excited and said we just HAD to stop for pictures with the newly blooming flowers! :)
MamiTig


Posted Mar 27, 2012, 5:29 am
Dandelions in the lawn are a certain sign of spring!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 29, 2012, 4:16 am
It's been a really busy couple of days, so host mom took me for a walk after work. She showed me a lovely but somewhat rundown house a couple of blocks from home, that used to be a coach house. It still looks very pretty, even if it has seen better days. The clouds were looking really dark and there was lightning in the distance, so we walked home!
MamiTig


Posted Mar 30, 2012, 3:40 am
Host mom said she experienced "sticker shock" at the gas station today... the price of gas is rising quickly :(
MamiTig


Posted Mar 31, 2012, 5:54 am
Tonight was the last night of play practice before the first performance! Everyone was so excited!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 1, 2012, 5:32 am
Host mom stopped and showed us the water tower in Thayer, on the way to church today. This one is the most round of all the water towers we've seen!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 2, 2012, 5:19 am
Twin Trestles is such a fascinating place, I don't think I will ever tire of going there! So much to see and explore. It's just starting to green up and look pretty now :)
MamiTig


Posted Apr 3, 2012, 4:58 am
We went to Topeka and saw tractors!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 3, 2012, 5:38 am
Host mom made herself a pretty skirt today!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 4, 2012, 5:19 am
We stopped at Garnett's South Lake in the morning, to look for Canada geese, and we also found mushrooms!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 5, 2012, 3:41 am
Host mom bought some very brightly colored fabric and said she is going to make some spring dresses for the little girls!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 6, 2012, 5:04 am
We were going to Topeka today and Anastaysia talked host mom into stopping at a lovely old cemetery called Mt. Hope! It had graves from the early 1800s... so much history!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 7, 2012, 3:28 am
Kalso tried the salsa at El Charro and it was delicious!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 7, 2012, 5:25 am
We drove out to Arnold's Greenhouse today, to get some early planters and enjoy all the things there are to see!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 7, 2012, 10:10 pm
We stopped in at the convenience store in LeRoy and saw some interesting things!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 9, 2012, 4:01 am
Today was the host family kids and their friends' final performance of the Easter play. The kids did the entire service, and they did such a wonderful job. Afterward, there was a yummy potluck!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 10, 2012, 5:43 am
Today we startled a small flock of sheep by stopping to take pictures!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 12, 2012, 4:36 am
Host mom took us to the river today. It was gray and chilly, but the trees and wildflowers were bright and happy!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 13, 2012, 4:08 am
Today was gray again, AND rainy, so we didn't get a chance to do anything very exciting. We sat on the porch and watched the clouds, and visited with the outdoor kitty, Halo. Host mom finished making a dress for one of her daughters! She is going to make two more in the same colors, but different combinations, so her youngest three daughters will complement each other nicely :)
MamiTig


Posted Apr 15, 2012, 5:40 am
Kalso enjoyed the warm meal and great company at the SDA church potluck today!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 16, 2012, 5:15 am
Today the host family took us to Gage Park in Topeka, to celebrate a birthday! There was a lot to do and we had tons of fun playing! :)
MamiTig


Posted Apr 17, 2012, 4:47 am
On the way home from work, host mom stopped to show us the pretty scenery and the rural water tower that is just west of Colony, Kansas! It was such a pretty day!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 19, 2012, 4:45 am
Kalso spent the evening with some prickly little pals! :)
MamiTig


Posted Apr 21, 2012, 2:18 am
The host family decided to do a small garden in their back yard this year, but host mom wanted to stop by the community garden to see what other people are growing!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 22, 2012, 4:20 am
Host mom got working in her garden today. She planted onions, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and a few cabbage in the ground and then mint, tomatoes, and oregano in pots. There's still more to do, but it was a great start! :)
MamiTig


Posted Apr 22, 2012, 4:25 am
We took a trip to the Great Plains Mall in the afternoon :)
MamiTig


Posted Apr 23, 2012, 3:40 am
Kalso wondered what, if anything, should be done about the growing zombie infestation...
MamiTig


Posted Apr 24, 2012, 2:52 am
Host mom finished her second little girl dress! So cute!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 24, 2012, 2:53 am
Yet another shape of water tower! This one was in Garnett, Kansas!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 25, 2012, 3:57 am
Host mom and her youngest daughter took me for a walk to see what was blooming at Hillbrant House. Mr. Hillbrant was home and he let us go in the back yard to see his koi and waterfalls back there! Sadly, he is selling his house because he is in his 80s and figures he doesn't need a house and yard that big. We sure hope the next owners will appreciate and maintain his gardens!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 26, 2012, 4:47 am
Yay, a birthday to celebrate! Kalso loved the ice cream and cake, and the unwrapping of the presents!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 28, 2012, 6:12 am
Host mom finished her last little girl dress! Her three littlest daughters are going to be so happy (and so cute) in their new dresses! :)
MamiTig


Posted Apr 29, 2012, 4:58 am
The dresses were so adorable that we Toy Voyagers insisted on being photographed with the pretty princesses wearing them!
MamiTig


Posted Apr 30, 2012, 3:53 am
Kalso enjoyed sabbath school and potluck at the Seventh Day Adventist church.
MamiTig


Posted Apr 30, 2012, 5:38 am
Host mom got started on a new project... I wonder what it will be?
MamiTig


Posted May 1, 2012, 4:44 am
Host mom and one of her daughters took me to see the historic Old Allen County Jail. It was closed so we just poked around outside.
MamiTig


Posted May 3, 2012, 4:05 am
Host mom and her littlest daughter took me for a walk down the alley behind the house, to see what we could see!
MamiTig


Posted May 4, 2012, 4:54 am
Play time!
MamiTig


Posted May 5, 2012, 3:37 am
We are helping Anastaysia on her goal of visiting 10 cemeteries, so the host family took us to visit Iola's new cemetery. There are stones that date back into the 20s, so it's not THAT new. They looked for their friend, Patty, who succumbed to breast cancer last year, but could not find her stone. Her daughter had said it had roses on it, but there were so many that had roses, that didn't help narrow the search!
MamiTig


Posted May 6, 2012, 6:23 am
Host mom had to take a trip to the airport very early this morning. She watched the moon the whole two hour drive, since it was supposed to be a "supermoon" today. When she got done with checking in her cargo, the moon was nearly to the horizon and kept threatening to go behind the clouds, so the pictures aren't great- but the moon sure was pretty!
MamiTig


Posted May 7, 2012, 4:51 am
After watching the supermoon set, we took a nap and woke up hungry. We drove to Ryan's, where we enjoyed the breakfast bar!
MamiTig


Posted May 8, 2012, 2:05 am
One of the TVs in our group has the goal of visiting state line signs, so host mom took us a few extra miles east to get a picture of the Missouri sign. There wasn't a Kansas sign when we crossed back in, so we didn't get that :(
MamiTig


Posted May 8, 2012, 4:25 am
On our way back toward the highway, we found a little old cemetery. Anastaysia got really excited, so host mom was super nice and stopped so she could see. It is the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Overland Park, KS. We found information about it here: click here! Who knew cemeteries had so much history?!
MamiTig


Posted May 9, 2012, 5:28 am
In the evening, we had SDA youth group in Thayer. It's the last one for the season- they take a break until fall, and we'll really miss it!
MamiTig


Posted May 10, 2012, 3:50 am
Host mom started an interesting new project. She said she is making armor out of craft foam for her son's history presentation, where he has to dress up as Chandragupta Maurya and do a presentation.
MamiTig


Posted May 11, 2012, 3:43 am
The host family were looking for a service project and found a garden that needed weeding. The garden belonged to a lovely lady named Lula, who lives way out in the country. It was hard work and sometimes the kids wanted to quit, but when they looked up and saw Lula's happy smile, it made them work twice as hard :) We made quite a dent, but there's still plenty more to be done... we plan to go back in 2 weeks and do some more :)
MamiTig


Posted May 11, 2012, 5:10 am
After working hard in the garden, we all needed a nice, hearty meal at El Charro! Yum! :)
MamiTig


Posted May 12, 2012, 5:30 am
We watched the host family's oldest daughter play cello in the spring concert!
MamiTig


Posted May 13, 2012, 1:28 am
Host mom took me along when she ran errands over lunch hour today. She stopped to take pictures with me on the northwest side of the town square. :)
MamiTig


Posted May 13, 2012, 2:15 am
We met a baby sparrow named Elizabeth. She fell out of the nest when she was little and is being rehabilitated to return to the wild as soon as she is able.
MamiTig


Posted May 13, 2012, 4:31 am
Mmm! Church supper at the Seventh Day Adventist Church! :)
MamiTig


Posted May 13, 2012, 5:36 am
We visited TLC greenhouse to look for more garden goodies. We found all sorts of amazing things to explore! Beautiful! :)
MamiTig


Posted May 14, 2012, 5:28 am
When the host family was going in to church this morning, they noticed butterflies all around the pretty purple flowers at the entrance. Host mom came back later to take our picture with them, but they are small and brown, so you have to look very hard to see them in the pictures.
MamiTig


Posted May 15, 2012, 4:18 am
One of the host family boys prepared for his history class final: giving a biography as Chandragupta Maurya, with his trusty war elephants!
MamiTig


Posted May 16, 2012, 5:17 am
This evening we attended the middle school choir and band concert, on the northwest side of the Iola town square. :)
MamiTig


Posted May 17, 2012, 3:00 am
We went to the fifth grade graduation at the elementary school today! So many happy kids!
MamiTig


Posted May 18, 2012, 5:34 am
Host mom stopped and took a look at the Prairie Spirit Trail on the way to work this morning!
MamiTig


Posted May 19, 2012, 1:57 am
From late spring to early fall, the west side of the town square in Iola is blocked off every Thursday evening for the Farmer's Market! We wandered around and met many nice people and saw fascinating things!
MamiTig


Posted May 19, 2012, 3:30 am
Hedrick's brought their petting zoo to town, so of course, we had to go and see! So many amazing critters! :)
MamiTig


Posted May 20, 2012, 2:21 am
Today, the host family took me to their dance studio for recital pictures. There were so many kids, so many costumes, and so much energy! I had sooo much fun!! :) Dance recital is in two weeks, and I can't wait to see the kids perform!
MamiTig


Posted May 21, 2012, 1:37 pm
The host family went to help Lula with her garden again today. I had so much fun exploring! My favorite thing was the lovely, intricate bird nest that we found on the ground.
MamiTig


Posted May 22, 2012, 4:24 am
When we were coming back from Lula's, host mom decided to take a country road we hadn't explored before. Anastaysia got excited and we stopped to explore an old cemetery we found!
MamiTig


Posted May 23, 2012, 4:54 am
Host mom showed us why Kansas and the midwest are called America's bread basket. The fields of wheat are so lovely, and I could see why the song America the Beautiful refers to "amber waves of grain" as the wheat blew in the wind and made ripples like the ocean!
MamiTig


Posted May 23, 2012, 1:40 pm
Host mom and two of the little sisters took me for a walk around the neighborhood this evening. We looked at the houses (most were built between the late 1800s and mid 1900s), as well as taking a stop to look at Mr. Hillbrant's amazing garden!
MamiTig


Posted May 24, 2012, 4:56 am
The host family all went to the dentist today, so we hung out in the waiting room for quite a while.
MamiTig


Posted May 25, 2012, 1:52 am
Today I got to see two week old baby hedgehogs in their nest!
MamiTig


Posted May 25, 2012, 4:19 am
The cows at Strickler's Dairy made a lovely scene today! We couldn't resist stopping for pictures :)
MamiTig


Posted May 26, 2012, 4:49 am
Host mom took me and two of her sons out to lunch at El Charro. The salsa there is always sooo delicious!
MamiTig


Posted May 27, 2012, 7:19 am
Kalso enjoyed Sabbath School and church supper!
MamiTig


Posted May 28, 2012, 6:52 am
We went to Twin Trestles today! It's turning green as spring turns to summer, and there were so many amazing things to explore!
MamiTig


Posted May 29, 2012, 5:17 am
Today was Memorial Day, so host mom had the day off from work. In the afternoon, the family took a picnic, then stopped at the town square to see the flags and contemplate their loved ones who are gone. The last group of pictures show the shops along the east side of the town square.
MamiTig


Posted May 30, 2012, 5:52 am
Oh goody, a birthday! El Charro's for dinner, and the unwrapping of presents! Perfect! :)
MamiTig


Posted May 31, 2012, 6:03 am
Kalso met the resident squishables today! They are so adorably squishy!
MamiTig


Posted Jun 2, 2012, 7:18 am
The host family took me to their dress rehearsal for thier dance recital! The theme is "An International Affair" and they had a lot of amazing dances, representing all sorts of different countries!
MamiTig


Posted Jun 3, 2012, 5:52 am
Tonight was opening night! We learned about the "break a leg" tradition. To wish stage performers good luck, you tell them "break a leg" and bring a gift. It was fun to spend time with all the kids in the waiting area downstairs from the stage!
MamiTig


Posted Jun 4, 2012, 3:43 am
I stayed back stage in the waiting area during the last night of dance recital, with host mom. She took me for a peek in the dressing rooms when the kids were all on stage for the opening act!
MamiTig


Posted Jun 5, 2012, 1:14 pm
We went to help Miss Lula in her garden again. So much to explore!
MamiTig


Posted Jun 6, 2012, 4:59 am
Kalso got very curious when he heard this new project has something to do with penguins!
MamiTig


Posted Jun 7, 2012, 5:29 am
Kalso met a baby blue jay today :)
MamiTig


Posted Jun 8, 2012, 5:44 am
Today, host mom took us to see the caboose at the head of the Garnett rail trail. The rail trail is many miles of hiking and biking trail,  that runs along the lines of an old railroad corridor. Host mom also took pictures of the streets around it, with me.
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Posted Jun 8, 2012, 5:44 am
Today, host mom took us to see the caboose at the head of the Garnett rail trail. The rail trail is many miles of hiking and biking trail,  that runs along the lines of an old railroad corridor. Host mom also took pictures of the streets around it, with me.
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Posted Jun 10, 2012, 1:29 am
We visited Arnold's Greenhouse! It's such a magically relaxing place, with all of the amazing plants and flowers!
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Posted Jun 11, 2012, 5:05 am
After visiting Arnold's Greenhouse, we visited a curious place called Luther's Beef Jerky and Convenience Store. There were lots of unusual things there!
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Posted Jun 12, 2012, 5:15 am
Kalso enjoyed Sabbath supper at the SDA church.
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Posted Jun 13, 2012, 3:15 am
We took host mom's parents to meet Lula and work in the garden. It's looking so pretty and nice as all the weeds get gone!
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Posted Jun 16, 2012, 1:10 am
Kalso is always happy to go to El Charro!
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Posted Jun 17, 2012, 8:29 pm
Today we went to the Farmer's Market- then we got to go to El Charro for the second time this week, to celebrate a birthday! Yay! :)
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Posted Jun 18, 2012, 5:29 am
Today we went to Deanna Rose Farmstead! There were so many fun things to see and do. The gardens are lovely and the petting zoo animals were very curious. We had fun playing and exploring!
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Posted Jun 20, 2012, 4:59 am
After visiting Deanna Rose Park, we went to China Star for dinner. Some people think that dessert is the very best part!
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Posted Jun 21, 2012, 4:28 am
There are always interesting things to see and do in Lula's garden! We had fun exploring! :)
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Posted Jun 22, 2012, 4:28 am
The ToyVoyagers loved the tooth fairy bench at Legends Drive Dental!
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Posted Jun 22, 2012, 5:27 am
Host mom was really excited that she finished her daughter's Prinplup costume today! :) Only about a month until Tokyo in Tulsa and she can show it off!
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Posted Jun 24, 2012, 7:03 am
One of the host family boys was in a play this morning, at the community theater. It was all very exciting!
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Posted Jun 25, 2012, 6:09 am
Today I went fossil hunting with the host family! It was so pretty and we skipped rocks and saw lots and lots of interesting things :)
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Posted Jun 26, 2012, 4:36 am
Host mom took us to the south lake in Garnett to watch the geese at lunch hour and we got a special surprise! She had to take pictures through the windshield so she didn't scare it away, and couldn't get a close up shot with me in it to show the details of what we were looking at, so please forgive (but enjoy) the picture that shows closer up!
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Posted Jun 28, 2012, 5:18 am
Today was a quiet day, just visiting with the hedgehogs.
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Posted Jun 29, 2012, 6:50 pm
I explored host mom's garden today... it's sure grown since the last time I visited!
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Posted Jul 1, 2012, 7:38 pm
Host mom had errands to run in Chanute, so we stopped at Santa Fe Park to have a picnic and play. It was very hot (over 100F) so we were very glad that the park is mostly shade!!
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Posted Jul 2, 2012, 5:52 am
I went to a party with the host family, to celebrate a couple of birthdays (including America's)! We had water balloons, snacks, fireworks, and all sorts of fun!
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Posted Jul 3, 2012, 1:28 pm
There are always so many amazing things to explore in Lula's garden! :) Host mom's oldest daughter took my travel pictures today :)
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Posted Jul 4, 2012, 4:21 am
Host mom said that even old, broken down things can be beautiful. She showed us this old, abandoned building in Garnett as an example!
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Posted Jul 4, 2012, 4:21 am
Host mom said that even old, broken down things can be beautiful. She showed us this old, abandoned building in Garnett as an example!
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Posted Jul 5, 2012, 5:54 am
Host mom started a new sewing project today. She said it's going to be a costume, that will be entered in the cosplay contest at Tokyo in Tulsa! I can't wait to see how it turns out! :)
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Posted Jul 8, 2012, 10:51 pm
The host family got the car all packed and ready to head out on an exciting adventure!  :D
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Posted Jul 9, 2012, 5:50 am
About four hours after we packed into the car, we arrived at Broken Arrow Ranch for family camp! The host family unpacked everything, and then took us on some grand adventures! It was so nice to end the day with campfire, overlooking sunset on the lake
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Posted Jul 10, 2012, 5:39 am
The second day of family camp was just as amazing as the first! We started with a yummy breakfast and morning worship. Then the host family went horseback riding. We didn't get to see that because host mom was worried we'd get lost or hurt. Then we had lunch, played in the basement, and then we had to wait while the host family went ziplining. We got to see the equipment, but again, we had to stay behind because host mom was worried for our wellbeing. In the late afternoon, we played on the beach at the Tuttle Creek reservoir and that was so  relaxing!
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Posted Jul 11, 2012, 2:38 am
Day three at camp was just as wonderful as the first two days! We climbed up the hill to the nurse's cabin to enjoy the view of the lodge. After breakfast, we went for a hike through the woods. In the afternoon, we celebrated a baptism in the lake (but sadly, host mom didn't get a picture of me there). It was a lovely day!
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Posted Jul 11, 2012, 3:30 am
Breakfast on the last day of camp was all vegetarian, and all delicious!
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Posted Jul 11, 2012, 3:39 am
On the way home from camp, we stopped to fuel up in Lyndon, KS. Host mom remarked that this is the first time she's ever seen gas prices fall during summer!
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Posted Jul 11, 2012, 4:23 am
Ready for another road trip! This time, the packing is light.
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Posted Jul 11, 2012, 1:41 pm
After four hours in the car, we arrived at Lives Under Construction Ranch, where one of the brothers will be staying for a month of summer camp!
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Posted Jul 12, 2012, 4:23 am
On the way home, we stopped in Ozark, MO to stretch our legs, look in the tourist shops, and enjoy a meal at Lambert's (home of the famous "throwed rolls")!!
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Posted Jul 13, 2012, 12:55 pm
Host mom  and her youngest daughter took me and the other TVs for an evening walk down Elm and First streets. We looked at all the pretty houses!
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Posted Jul 14, 2012, 1:27 am
We took a look at the Farmer's Market tonight, to see what was for sale! They hold the market every Thursday evening, on the town square, when the weather is nice :)
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Posted Jul 14, 2012, 3:54 am
Today some men came and started digging out the bricks on the south side of the host family's house! Host mom said they are contractors and they are fixing the foundation. We were very curious about what they are doing!
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Posted Jul 14, 2012, 5:54 am
We went up to the town square to see what all the excitement was about! Today is the Mad Bomber Run, and there was a car show and a motorcycle show, and entertainment. Here's the website that tells about the historical event that inspired the modern Mad Bomber Run!
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Posted Jul 14, 2012, 3:21 pm
The contractors came again today and jackhammered at the foundation. Now all of the stone blocks under the south wall are gone, and three little jacks are holding up the side of the house! Yikes!
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Posted Jul 15, 2012, 7:47 am
We enjoyed a lovely vegetarian supper after Sabbath services at the SDA church today!
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Posted Jul 17, 2012, 4:15 am
A birthday at El Charros! I just love celebrations! :)
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Posted Jul 17, 2012, 4:55 am
The foundation work continues to progress... that's a lot of rocks!!
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Posted Jul 18, 2012, 1:20 am
We did a little sightseeing on the grounds while waiting to check three of the kids in at summer camp. I wish I were staying, it is so lovely at Hidden Haven!
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Posted Jul 19, 2012, 2:04 am
We went to the Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Independence, KS! It is an old zoo that is very lovely. The Monkey Island is the birth place of the first monkey in space!
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Posted Jul 19, 2012, 1:25 pm
On the way home from the zoo, host mom noticed this lovely abandoned school house on the prairie, so we stopped to take a picture! The clouds behind it were especially pretty; very much showing Kansas in the summer.
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Posted Jul 20, 2012, 2:54 am
It was hot and everyone was hungry, so we stopped at a Dairy Queen for sweet ice cream treats!  :D
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Posted Jul 20, 2012, 5:06 am
We had to pull over in Chanute to marvel at the rainbow!
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Posted Jul 23, 2012, 4:15 am
They're making good progress on the host family's foundation!
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Posted Jul 23, 2012, 5:34 am
The foundation will soon be done!
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Posted Jul 24, 2012, 12:53 am
We crossed into the Cherokee Nation as we crossed the Oklahoma border, just south of Caney, KS.
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Posted Jul 24, 2012, 1:17 pm
Our first night in Tulsa was wonderful! We got to the hotel and waited in line about 45 minutes for our room assignment. This turned out to be a blessing as they ran out of double rooms, so they upgraded us to a suite at no extra cost! The view was beautiful! :) I had fun wandering the convention (Tokyo in Tulsa) with the host family!
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Posted Jul 26, 2012, 4:56 am
Most of our day two at Tokyo in Tulsa was spent at the pre-judging for the cosplay and skit contests, then at the panel about "Pokemon Gijinka" that the host family presented, wandering "artist alley" and then at the final cosplay contest! Host mom and two of her daughters won a judge's choice award in the cosplay contest!
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Posted Jul 27, 2012, 5:15 am
On the last day of Tokyo in Tulsa, we took a last wander of the vendors room and ogled all of the fun and amazing things! :)
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Posted Jul 27, 2012, 1:08 pm
While the host family was enjoying the convention, the birds were busy decorating their car :( We stopped in Bartlesville to get the car washed, and I took a peek down the road, to the north and to the south, of the car wash.
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Posted Jul 28, 2012, 3:34 am
We stopped for dinner in Coffeyville, so I took a peek at the streets there, too!
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Posted Jul 28, 2012, 4:09 am
We liked the new water saver look for the fountain at Legend's Drive Dental!
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Posted Jul 28, 2012, 5:40 am
This year has been terrible for drought, and the corn is shriveling up in the fields :(
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Posted Jul 29, 2012, 6:05 am
Storm shelters like these are a reminder of how deadly Kansas weather can become!
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Posted Jul 30, 2012, 3:51 am
We had a delicious dinner at Pizza Street, to build up our energy for shopping!
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Posted Jul 31, 2012, 3:05 am
Next we went shopping at Bass Pro Shops! It is an amazing place with just about anything you can imagine for outdoor sports. We bought 8 life jackets, so the host family can go rafting!
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Posted Aug 1, 2012, 1:39 pm
The host family took me to the Allen County Fair! We saw the livestock, the baby barn, and the amazing fair entries, ranging from vegetables to photography to baking to clothing construction.  :D
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Posted Aug 3, 2012, 2:50 am
I liked what the host family had for dinner! Yummy!  :D
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Posted Aug 4, 2012, 4:31 am
The local community garden has suffered from the drought, too. :( The only plants that stayed green had a lot of extra water!
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Posted Aug 5, 2012, 9:04 pm
Today, the host family took me on a huge road trip! Our first stop for the day was at the National Fish Hatchery. We enjoyed the exhibits, then went outside to feed the fish. There was only one pond filled, and a family of ducks came to see the excitement! :)
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Posted Aug 6, 2012, 4:20 am
Our next stop was the lovely, old cemetery in Neosho, on the way out of town.
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Posted Aug 7, 2012, 4:23 am
The next stop was at the Lives Under Construction Ranch charity thrift shop, then on to Lives Under Construction Ranch! We completed our debriefing, then got to see what the boys on the ranch do during the summer camp. They help feed the animals, water trees, and camp out on the weekends!
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Posted Aug 8, 2012, 2:54 am
We stopped at the scenic vista just north of Shell Knob, MO, where it seemed like we were on top of the world!
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Posted Aug 9, 2012, 3:05 am
After a long day of traveling and exploring, we were HUNGRY! So we stopped in Carthage, MO for some authentic Central American food. It was so very good!
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Posted Aug 10, 2012, 5:23 am
Tonight we visited the local farmer's market. The most exciting thing was that they had a pepper tasting contest. The Thai peppers were very hot!
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Posted Aug 12, 2012, 5:45 am
Kalso is always happy to meet hedgehogs! This 5 day old baby wasn't sure if it was happy to meet Kalso.
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Posted Aug 13, 2012, 2:17 am
We went to Sabbath supper at the SDA church and enjoyed great food and great fellowship!
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Posted Aug 14, 2012, 4:04 am
A picnic in the park was a perfect occasion for blowing bubbles! :)
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Posted Aug 14, 2012, 1:28 pm
Kalso met Spoink, the baby pig who is being bottle fed by the host family. Once he's big enough to be outside on a regular basis, he'll be going to a  family that plans to keep him as a farm pet for a 4-H project :)
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Posted Aug 17, 2012, 8:38 pm
Host mom took me to see the Neosho River again. She said that in the twelve years she's lived here, she's never seen it this dry. You can definitely see the results of the drought!!
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Posted Aug 18, 2012, 8:33 pm
Today I experienced an anime convention called Motaku! We are going to be here for the whole weekend and it's so fun! Today I played in the board game room, met people in costumes, and learned about kandi beads!
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Posted Aug 20, 2012, 3:35 am
We had lots more fun at Motaku today! We went to several interesting panels and people watched!
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Posted Aug 22, 2012, 4:00 am
We visited the host family's friends and met their cats! They have nine cats, and I liked these ones best!
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Posted Aug 22, 2012, 5:34 am
The host family loves to go to Red Robin for the amazingly delicious veggie burgers!
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Posted Aug 24, 2012, 1:44 pm
Sunflowers are the Kansas state flower, and this sunflower grew in the host family's back yard! It got really, really, really tall all summer, then it bent over, and now it has little sunflowers!
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Posted Aug 26, 2012, 5:07 am
It finally rained today!! It was very badly needed. Host mom said she heard that two days ago, one of the small towns in our county ran out of water. Everything is dry and there have been fires. I sure hope we keep getting more rain!
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Posted Aug 28, 2012, 1:22 pm
We walked over to the Cottonwood Garden to see what is left as summer starts to fade. The Cottonwood Garden was just a vacant lot until someone bought it, landscaped it, and donated it back to the city for everyone to enjoy.
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Posted Aug 31, 2012, 3:28 am
Two of the giant's brothers took Arizona, Tucker, Wotan, Sissi, Sundy, Fidditch, Hryusha, Vriendje, Snakiey, Bambi, Anastaysia, Kali, Ming Jung, Jellybean, Chrissy, Strider, Plaudagei, Faschi, Mini-Mina, and myself to the playground at the elementary school today! We played on all of the equipment and had sooo much fun!
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Posted Sep 1, 2012, 3:12 am
Host mom had to go to Burlington to testify on a court case, so we came along. She showed us some of the pretty murals that decorate the town!
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Posted Sep 2, 2012, 1:39 am
Host mom made colorful pancakes today! She uses this recipe, but said that she adds vanilla to make them extra fluffy. They sure turn out delicious and disappear fast!
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Posted Sep 4, 2012, 5:48 am
Today we went exploring at Elm Creek! It was hot out, but the shade of the trees made it kind of nice. We explored the north side of the creek, then drove back around to the bridge so that we could explore and see the south side. Host mom has lived here for 12 years, and this was the first time she ever explored this part of Elm Creek!
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Posted Sep 5, 2012, 4:57 am
Today we stopped and took a look at beautiful, historical Fort Scott!
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Posted Sep 5, 2012, 1:27 pm
I inspected these newborn hedgehogs and declared them adorable!
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Posted Sep 7, 2012, 3:57 am
We visited the Farmer's Market this evening and bought a few things. The vendors were closing down while we were there, and some nice ladies gave us peach pies and cinnamon rolls, too! :)
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Posted Sep 10, 2012, 12:50 am
Today we enjoyed great company and delicious food at the SDA church supper!
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Posted Sep 11, 2012, 5:39 am
Host mom and her oldest daughter went ghost hunting at the Pythian Castle! They joined members of the Paranormal Task Force and learned how to use some really cool equipment! It was a mostly quiet night, but there was an electromagnetic field that hovered in one room for over half an hour that had no explainable source we could figure out! Some women felt their hair pulled and backpacks pulled on, and then could not initially leave the tunnel below the castle. They got really spooked, but host mom and her daughter didn't experience any thing scary! For more pictures of their experience, you can click here!
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Posted Sep 13, 2012, 3:57 am
On the way home from visiting the haunted castle, we stopped at the Precious Moments chapel to take a break and breathe in the peace and beauty that is there.
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Posted Sep 14, 2012, 3:55 am
Host mom stopped at Twin Trestles to take a photo shoot with us this morning. The sky was pale gray and threatening rain, and the late summer flowers were in bloom, but the leaves aren't turning autumn colors yet. The water in the river was nearly all dried up. This is one of host mom's favorite local places to take pictures!
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Posted Sep 16, 2012, 7:25 pm
The host family took me to Marsha's Great Plains Deli today... they swear it's the best deli in the Midwest! The sandwiches were amazing!!
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Posted Sep 17, 2012, 4:53 am
Host mom had to take a trip out to Nevada, MO and stopped to show us the lovely building that is now Heartland Behavioral Health Services. Like the Pythian Castle we went to recently, it was originally an orphanage. You can read about the history of the building here.
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Posted Sep 21, 2012, 4:18 am
We got to celebrate a birthday! It was so much fun to see the presents unwrapped! :)
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Posted Sep 25, 2012, 2:09 am
We enjoyed a delicious church supper!
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Posted Sep 26, 2012, 3:35 am
We went to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and saw so many amazing things! Around every corner there was something new to see or do! The performers and shopkeepers were so incredibly nice to us, too :)
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Posted Sep 28, 2012, 1:32 pm
Mmmm, Red Robin has the best veggie burgers and other stuff! :)
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Posted Sep 30, 2012, 3:19 am
I inspected the progress on host mom's latest project!
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Posted Oct 1, 2012, 3:23 am
One of host mom's daughters is taking a photography class for her after school program and had an assignment to look for patterns. On Saturday, after Sabbath school and while waiting for potluck, we helped her look for patterns!
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Posted Oct 3, 2012, 5:38 am
Host mom took us down to see the Neosho River today. She was amazed that even after all the rain we have had, it is still incredibly low!
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Posted Oct 4, 2012, 5:26 am
Host mom finished her project today- a dress for her oldest daughter!
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Posted Oct 7, 2012, 3:57 am
Host mom got her new full spectrum camera in this week, so we decided to take it somewhere interesting to try it out. We visited the Galemore Cemetery, and host mom took pictures with both full spectrum and her regular camera.
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Posted Oct 8, 2012, 2:49 am
Kalso inspected the cranes that host mom's oldest daughter is making. She says she wants to make 1,000 cranes so she can make a wish.
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Posted Oct 9, 2012, 5:22 am
Host mom is finishing up another costume... she calls this one "Little Red Fighting Good"!
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Posted Oct 10, 2012, 4:46 am
Today was host mom's birthday!
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Posted Oct 13, 2012, 7:36 am
We were supposed to go to the high school football game today, but lightning, thunder, and torrential rain meant it got postponed. We took shelter in a nearby recreation building and watched the middle school and high school bands at marching practice!
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Posted Oct 14, 2012, 5:58 am
Another delicious vegetarian Sabbath supper at the SDA church! :)
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Posted Oct 16, 2012, 4:53 am
The stormy skies had an amazing yellow shade that we never could quite catch in a picture, but host mom did get these lovely pictures with her regular and full spectrum cameras.
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Posted Oct 16, 2012, 5:30 am
Kalso is traveling back home! Bon voyage!

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