Fortunately for us we had some good friends to go with, and had a great time.
This huge plaster statue is in the entry hall of the museum. It's called "The End of the Road". (And for those of you who may not know/remember, the Trail of Tears led to what is now Oklahoma.) See how tiny the kids are at the bottom? From left to right is pictured Connor, Eva (friend), Kelsey, and Olivia.
The museum has a lot of artwork (paintings, sculptures, etc.) that weren't all that interesting to the kids, so we didn't spend a lot of time in those areas. However, as soon as I saw this statue of "The Duke", I knew I had to get a picture for Ben.
There was an area of the museum that is made to look like a frontier town. While exploring it, the girls decided to spend a little time in jail.
Eventually Connor and his buddy, Gage, decided to follow suit.
The kiddos posed for a picture outside. Look closely and you'll see that Olivia had to hold Connor's head in place so we could get him to face the camera. We couldn't get Gage into the picture at all.
In honor of Maddox turning one month old that day, he and I took a picture.
There was another smaller building on the grounds that housed "Prairie Town", which is a pint-sized replica of some frontier stuff where the kids play. All the kids really loved these saddles thrown over logs where they could pretend to ride.
Connor also really liked the stuffed longhorn.
And Maddox got a lot of holding. My friend (and neighbor) Terri is holding him here. Apparently, I'm not used to taking field trips with small children any more. I forgot to bring the stroller or any other sort of carrier except the car seat. And I was NOT going to lug that thing around, so Maddox got held for our whole visit.
The kids also got to dress up in cowboy garb. I couldn't get Connor to stop looking at himself in the mirror long enough to turn around and take a picture, so I just got him from behind!
Gage just can't sit still long enough for a good picture - really he can't. He's got too much to do! So much to see! At least his mom, Christie, and smile pretty for the camera!
Connor's favorite thing in Prairie Town was this little log cabin just his size. You can't see it in this picture, but he was getting ready to ring the dinner "triangle" with his long metal spoon.
While Connor was at the cabin, the girls went back to riding stallions. Sort of.
Kelsey decided to take it easy on her saddle for a while.
And I finally got a picture of Gage where you can see his face! Isn't he cute?
Meanwhile, Connor kept playing pretend at the cabin. Here he is pretending to dish out beans.
After Prairie Town, I had to go nurse Maddox and Christie & Terri took the other kids for a walk around the trails on the grounds. Afterward we met up in the courtyard and chilled for a few minutes.
Our trip was so fun that it inspired the girls to play a game of Indians when they got home. What a great day!