Ah, Missouri. We do love us some Missouri time.
We entered the lower western corner of Missouri in the evening and had some supper at this travel center in Joplin.
We decided to go this exact week because the fair was happening in town. We first arrived to cold rain, however, and the parade and fair were canceled for the evening. The rest of our time was mostly sunny and hot, so it all turned out okay.
Jonathan and Phoebe were the ones who most enjoyed the rides.
They rode all three nights.
Phillip met a couple of high school and college buddies at the fair and had some good catch-up time.
Those aren't high school or college buddies in the picture above ~ they're his parents. :-)
A new Vandalia Museum that we walked around.
As a kid Phillip used to play on the white scale shown in the back of the picture. It was in a bank in town.
The parade which was moved to Friday night.
Kids in the corn. This has been a bad year for crops around Vandalia. Too much rain.
Lots of time was spent hanging out at Mimi and Papa's house.
We stopped in to see Grandma Phoebe. We always have to get a picture of the two Phoebes.
Usually we mostly hang around home while we're in Missouri, because we're so tired from traveling to get there that we don't want to travel to see anything. But this time we talked ourselves into going to St. Louis to see the Gateway Arch.
And it was a hot day for it! The kids mostly wanted to go to St. Louis to see the Eads bridge. Can you see it in the background here? We were so hot and tired after the Arch that we barely tried to get very close to it to get a better look. Anyway, they learned about the bridge from "The Men Who Built America." Carnegie was a key player in its construction. He provided the steel or something like that.
After the Arch we walked to see the old Courthouse nearby.
It's famous for the Dred Scott lawsuit having begun there.
Phillip's brother and his wife also came to spend time with us over the weekend, and I went to see my college roommate Jessica in Quincy. I didn't get pictures of any of them though. I also got my school books ordered while in MO and finished reading several books. Gotta love accomplishing things even while on vacation. :-)
On our way back home to Texas. We. Were. Tired.
But the kids did excellently on the long road trip back. We made it home by midnight with almost no arguing. Pre-tty im-pressive.