It's Kansas Day

Happy Birthday to the 34th state, my home state of Kansas! Kansas joined the union 155 years ago today.

I did check a few picture books out for Kansas Day, starting with S is for Sunflower. Little Sis was especially excited for this one, because last year's first grade show at her performing arts magnet was based on this book. Little Sis was E: "E is for explorers who dare to dream of flight." She got to wear her Amelia Earhart Halloween costume again, including her airplane.

We also grabbed the companion book, One Kansas Farmer.

S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet and One Kansas Farmer: A Kansas Counting Book
by Devin & Corey Scillian, illustrated by Doug Bowles. Sleeping Bear Press, 2004 and 2009.

We also checked out a lovely book called Climbing Kansas Mountains. The "mountains" in question are grain elevators.

Climbing Kansas Mountains by George Shannon, illustrated by Thomas B. Allen.
Simon & Schuster, 1993.

You may have noticed the chocolate sunflowers in the above photos. I visited Cero's Candies, a local chocolate shop.

I wasn't hit with a craft bug this year. Last year's Kansas Day post has been visited so many times in the past few weeks, as people are finding our paper plate sunflowers via Google and Pinterest! Little Sis pointed out that last year's sunflowers were still in a box under the end table, right here in the family room. It only took a little tape to add them to the fireplace.

Since I have no new crafts or recipes, I thought I'd just share a few photos I've taken around our state over the past 7 or 8 years. There's still so much I haven't seen. recently posted a Kansas tourism Bucket List. I can check a few things off, and there are a few things I will never check off  (no deer hunting for me!), and there are things I wish were on the list. The Kansas Sampler's  8 Wonders of Kansas has more.

The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita
The Wichita troll

Munger House, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita

Charles Ingalls's hand dug well, Little House on the Prairie Museum, Independence

The original "Mater" - Cars on the Route, Route 66, Galena

Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls

Main Street, Council Grove
Oz Museum, Wamego

Kansas Silent Film Festival, Topeka

Children's Realm, Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Bonner Springs

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, Overland Park

Amelia Earhart Festival, Atchison

Fishing near Kanopolis State Park

Mushroom Rock State Park, Marquette
Garden of Eden, Lucas

I LOVE to travel. I love mountains, I love seaside towns and boardwalk, I love real lakes and forests, and old historic buildings and all kinds of things I can't get in Kansas. 

But nothing beats a winter sky on the prairie.

You know where this is going, right?

"There's no place like home."

O.J. Watson Park, Wichita

More Links:

my Kansas Day Pinterest board
my Sunflower State Pinterest board
my 2015 Kansas Day post
and 2014
and 2013

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  1. oh yes. that last pic! also love the one of lil sis fishing! these are so delightful and have a timeless feel to them.....i adore your Kansas Day posts!!

    1. Thanks. I wish I had more interesting things to post these days, but it's pretty quiet around here. And snow-less, sigh.


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