My family and I were on a fun yet relaxing vacation for eleven days. We went to Kansas, Illinois, and Missouri.
Above is my son Seth at the beautiful town of Lawrence, the town where brothers Sam and Dean Winchester from the show Supernatural grew up. As I suspected, they never actually filmed in Kansas, but the block where they film the pilot episode of their fictional house actually resembles this town well.
Above is the historic Carthage Jail in Carthage Missouri where the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred on June 27, 1844 by an angry mob. We toured the building and stood in the room where Joseph and his brother Hyrum were shot.
We watched the Nauvoo Pageant about the Mormon Pioneers in England who converted to the Gospel and traveled to Nauvoo Illinois to live and prosper.
We then drove to St. Louis and rode in a elevator/incline up to the top of the famous Arch.
Our final destination for a week was in Branson Missouri at the beautiful Westgate Branson Woods. My sons went swimming everyday, and made friends with some of the other kids. That was awesome because while they were having fun, Jim and I were able to spend quality alone time all day. It almost felt like we were newly weds again!
Noah and Jim having a Go Kart race. We were so proud of Noah overcoming his fear of how loud Go Karts are when you have sensitive ears. And he proved that he is a natural driver.