Trip to Joplin December 2016

We had plans to drive to Joplin to see “A Christmas Story” at the Joplin Little Theatre and Mike’s sister was still in the hospital, so the girls made this garland for her room. We had a good visit with her and were so happy to see how much she had improved in the month since we had seen her.

Dinner with Gwen!

We had brunch at the awesome restaurant Karsten works at and if you are ever in Joplin, go there!  The Bruncheonnette 


The Homewood Suites we stayed at was really nice too. A very family friendly place. We enjoyed the show at the theater and had such a nice visit with all our family up there.

Dani’s bed at the hotel.


This year I decided it would be fun for the girls to paint their own ornaments for the tree so early in December we headed to Van Grow to paint. Below shows the finished product after they were fired and we picked them up 2 weeks later.

Then later in the day we decorated the inside and outside tree which is always fun.

PJ Polar Express 2016

In December we once again went to see “The Polar Express” at the Science and History Museum in our PJ’s. The girls enjoy doing the experiments before the show and getting their golden ticket from the conductor.