Friday, June 19, 2009


This past week we took a much needed vacation. My parents live about 8 hours away in a little podunk town in Missourri called Salem. There is literally nothing city like to do, but there are tons of nature type stuff since they live right in the middle of the Ozarks.

We left Friday after Jake got off of work. We drove to Joplin and stayed in a Holiday Inn for the night. The kids thought this was so neat. We ate a yummy breakfast in the hotel and then drove the rest of the trip. We just had a good time visiting everyone. The kiddos got to hang with grandma, grandpa and their cousins. They went swimming and watched movies and just had a blast. Jake went and shot his new pistol with my dad and soon to be brother in law, and then they fixed the belt on our van.

We went for a walk one night on a nature trail and Jake and I heard a kitten crying. Jake being the hero walked through thick, deep brush and found a small, striped kitten in the bottom of the creek bed. He rescued it and now it is in a new home. It rained later that night so I know he saved it's life.

On the way home we stopped by a drive thru zoo. The animals come right to you to be fed and the kiddos had a blast with it. All in all it was a great trip, and a great time to relax and bond as a family.


Michelle E. said...

I couldn't believe you said your parents live in Salem, MO! We are from that area! :)

Stephanie Shaw said...

Wow, I didn't think anyone was from there, LOL.