I need to a vacation from my vacation…

…And it was only 4 days! It was a quick trip to Wichita, KS. We loved seeing my lil’ sis, her awesome kids, my soon-to-be brother-in-law, and my mom (aaahhhh!). With only 2 full days in Wichita we had to pack a lot in.

First up was Tanganyika Wildlife Park. This is a 100% private zoo supported by visitors. It’s compact so you don’t spend all day walking. And, the best part is that it is interactive.

Gibbon Island. Photos by Haley
My mom watching the Gibbons (me next to her in orange). Photos by Haley
Don’t touch the Lemurs, but you can have a chat.

Tanganyika has the ONLY Lemur feeding island in the United States. Don’t touch or pet them, but if you have a seat on the rocks one might climb up in your lap, like on my hubby’s lap (below).

Aren’t they cute?
Lemur on Hubby’s lap. Haley taking a photography break to text.
Feeding the giraffes are always fun.
wichred kangaroo
Check out the joey in the pouch.

These Red Kangaroos seem tame but they are wild animals. Always keep an eye on your kids that they don’t touch the animals in a way that would cause a good day to go bad. Most of the Kangaroos were carrying a joey.

After the Zoo we went to downtown Wichita for the RiverFest. There were vendors selling homemade crafts, jewelry, and clothing. I bought a necklace made from a penny. It was too hot. So I took the kids back to the hotel to swim. We had planned to go back downtown for a fireworks show, but it rained and it was cancelled. Sad faces in the house.

build a bear
Another stuffed animal from Build a Bear…Patrick Star and Gary.

We shopped ’til we dropped. Grandma blessed the kids with (too much) spending money. Parker brought home 8 new stuffed animals. She is a little stuffed animal hoarder. Alex and Haley got a lot of matching clothes. Shelby got her ears pierced, again. And, Chance got skateboard stuff. We had Subway and Chinese at the food court. It’s always fun at the mall.

I didn’t buy this for her…

The other thing she is obsessive with is candy. She bought this sucker at the mall that is as big as her head.

At the pool

The kids swam off their shopping buzz at the hotel pool. The water was freezing but the kids didn’t mind.

Starbucks break.

Yes, she is 6, and I did give her a Starbucks. How do you think I keep her so small? Don’t freak out; it was a treat and she never drinks even half of it. And, I may have bribed the kids to get out of the pool with Starbucks.

Gift from Aunt Shannon

Aunt Shannon was s kind enough to walk the kids to the park. On the way home they stopped and bought a 32 oz. Icee at the corner store. It was as big as Parker’s head (again). That’s okay. My kids were staying with her. Hubby and I went to the hotel. She paid the price of buying them pure frozen sugar goodness!

wind farm
Giant wind farm outside of Salina, KS
Just inside of Colorado, beautiful sky.

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