Girls' Weekend Getaway
Happy Monday, dear readers! The little girls and I are chilling out at home on this very hot day - seriously, why can't the weather be nice and cool when I'm well??? - after a weekend out of town. Friday morning, we drove up to the Kansas City area for a little weekend trip. We had to do away with our family vacation plans, because of financial reasons and some family stuff coming up. Mr. B had to move his vacation time. He insisted the girls and I take an abbreviated version of our trip, mainly so that Little Sis could still attend a day of the Amelia Earhart Festival up in Atchison. I'll share some photos from that later this week.
The lead photo? Little Sis took that from the backseat of the car. We'd never seen the "Community Bookshelf," located on the facade of the parking garage of the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library in person, although I see images of it floating around Pinterest all the time. You can see the full building here.
Our first stop was Reading Reptile in Kansas City, MO's Brookside neighborhood. Somehow, I had never paid a visit to this amazing children's bookstore.
I have probably told you that my dream is to someday own my own children's bookstore. Walking into Reading Reptile was like walking into my dream.
The girls were quick to point out this chalkboard in the entryway. "Look, it's The Three Robbers!" Big Sis squealed. Inside were amazing paper mache sculptures of a wide variety of children's book characters: my beloved Olivia, the peddler and tree from Caps for Sale, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and many others. There were posters on the ceiling! There was a stuffed Rosie doll from The Sign on Rosie's Door! And of course, there were books, books, and more books. You can see more photos of the bookstore at their website. Reading Reptile makes me want to move to Kansas City. And if I couldn't work there, well, you know we'd be regular customers.
We did leave with a few items. I couldn't just walk in and gawk. Little Sis chose the first book in the Captain Underpants series. Big Sis chose Henry & Beezus. I found a Dover paperback of Sky Island by L. Frank Baum! And The Three Robbers chalkboard must have put me in a Tomi Ungerer mood, because for all of us, I bought the beautiful Phaidon reprint of Moon Man, originally published in 1966.
We also visited The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of my favorite art museums anywhere. Little Sis was getting hungry, which makes her sulky and angry ("hangry"), so we didn't spend as much time there as we could have, but we saw some favorites.
We headed back to the Kansas side of things, for a quick meal and a trip to the American Girl Store. I recently acquired a very damaged original Kirsten doll. We got her cleaned, and both she and Molly got their hair styled.
Besides the Amelia Earhart Festival, we also had an outing to the most amazing children's farm. I'll share that with you later this week, I promise.
Both girls have declared they want to move closer to Kansas City, by the way.
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