Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Taste of Wichita

Monday was a busy, fun day!

We had a lot of places to see, so we got an early start and first checked out a cool, warehouse store near us that sells all manner of awesome house wares and decor... Yum! =)

Next, we went to the Donut Whole in downtown Wichita:

Mom and the kids with a pretty mural beside the DW

This is it, folks!

The inside was super cool and eclectic...

The kids loved the free pinball machine!

They have SO many flavors of donuts!!

I had the maple bacon on the left and Mom's was a Cinnamon Whole
They were both Awesome!!!

Moriah had the Berry glazed (because it was pink)

The kids had a Delicious milkshake!

I had a tasty, Mexican beverage

Next stop, Nifty Nut House!

The kids and I outside


Then we stopped to see a historical spot.   These first few statues are just for fun:

Mom gets a serenade

Caleb goes for a ride

Here's the write up I found about the next statue:

In 1958 protesters sat at the lunch counter at Wichita's Dockum Drug Store all day until closing for three weeks, until the owner finally agreed to serve African American patrons, 18 months before the famous Greensboro sit-in. A 20-foot bronze statue marks the site of the successful sit in, and the protest that moved Wichita toward integration.
It's soo cool!

The detail is Amazing!

The whole thing


Next we went down by the river to the Keeper of the Plains

With the statue in the background

On the bridge

On the rocks by the Keeper

Cutie pants

King of the castle

With the river and some of Wichita in the background

My little ducks with some ducks

Keeper of the Plains

For lunch we went to Old Mill Tasty Shop:

The kids sharing a root beer float

I ordered their famous Chicken Salad Club sandwich - it was Divine!!

Then we went to a beautiful little park across the street:

I love this picture of Keenan 

Two pretty girls by the waterfall

Moriah checking out the pretty wedding dresses in the window

Last night, Mom and I went back to see the 9:00 lighting of the Ring of Fire around the Keeper of the Plains.   It was awesome!

 So beautiful reflected in the water!

 Mom with it all lit up

 I noticed that you could see the statue reflected in this puddle

...and it was even more obvious after the fire was done!

We will definitely have to take the kids to see this sometime.   

This city has proven, in just a few short weeks, to have plenty of reasons for us to love it!


The Woodfords said...

Looks beautiful, Joia!
Loved seeing the pics of you all! xo

Mom E said...

So fun to see the pictures again & reminisce over all the fun times we had. I feel so blessed to have been able to have spent time there with you. I miss you all very much!

Mom W. said...

Keeper of the Plains or the Planes... ??? Interesting Statue, what is the story behind it? I guess I could google it!!! It looks like a place that M and R will enjoy this weekend!!! =)

Joia said...

Mom W, "Plains", I had previously been confused and thought it was "planes", and noticed that I put both in this post =)