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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  1. The pictures are amazing... and speaks about a nice weekend ! Hope you all enjoyed as much as it seems :) wishes.

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  2. Very nice picture by Little Sis! Oh I sympathize with her "hangry" feelings! I have those all the time! This sounds like a wonderful mini vacation. It's so fun how you and your daughters bond together with the activities that you all like! Ah to own a children's bookstore is indeed a great dream! I remember watching "You've Got Mail" and falling in love with the tiny bookstore and wishing I could own one just like that! There is an American Girl store in my city but I have never set foot in it. I wonder if my daughter will be interested in them when she will be older but for now, I am not showing her any of those big dolls. It's great that the store would restore damaged doll and make them look prettier!

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    1. Well, we got her cleaned and her hair styled in the salon. Her arm and scalp would have to be fixed at the doll hospital, but I'll do some research to see if there isn't something I can do about those myself. So expensive....

      And yes, I love the store in You Got Mail! I want a charming little children's bookstore, full of fun book-related merchandise and decor, where we could do crafts and demos on weekends, and a storytime everyday...

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  3. WOW I want to go to that bookstore!!!!! it's my dream to have my own bookstore too. or a teashop. :) I have Sky Island! but I haven't read it yet, that's very bad of me, isn't it. You guys made some very good book selections. That place seriously sounds like the coolest place in the world!

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    1. I don't know when I'll get to Sky Island, either, but at least I have it! I've been meaning to go there for a while, but this time, I planned ahead! It's simply divine.

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    1. Thanks! Her dress is faded and her hair was a mess when we brought her in. Employees were wandering over to the salon, first in horror at her condition, then in awe because she was a real white-bodied Pleasant Company doll. They changed to the flesh-colored body when Felicity was introduced in 1991. I'd have to check her out, but I'm pretty sure my sister's Samantha has the white body, too. I think she already had her before they came out with Felicity.

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  5. WOW!!! What a fun trip! I will have to remember all these things...we went through KC on a vacation. :)

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    1. KC has a lot of fun stuff. We were supposed to have a longer vacation, but money is very tight right now. I would have skipped it altogether, but Mr. B really didn't want me to disappoint the girls. We cut out Legoland, and long ago, we thought we might have gone to Worlds of Fun. Oh, money, how I despise thee...

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    2. I totally understand. We have a big family and have to weigh the pros/cons of things VERY carefully.

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  6. We're going to be road-tripping out to Chicago soon with my daughter and grandson. Now maybe we'll have to go through Kansas City! I've always wanted to visit that library. And what a cool bookstore! :)

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    1. It's actually the library parking garage! I thought it was the library, but that's a rather stately building. I couldn't find parking to take better pictures, and there wasn't any reason to pay to use the garage. Sigh. The bookstore is DARLING. There's a cute indie toy store next door, too. :)

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    2. That's the PARKING GARAGE??? Seriously!? I would never have known from the photo - even the one you linked to. I loved your Scarcrow of Oz post, too - have you been to the Oz Museum? It's on the way to Kansas City - trying to decide if we'll stop by. We always have the option of going through Nebraska vs. Kansas - just thought there might be a little more sightseeing through Kansas (even though it will add a little more time to the drive...)

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    3. The Oz Museum in Wamego is AWESOME!!!! http://www.silvershoesandrabbitholes.com/2013/03/the-oz-museum-part-one.html

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