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Phyllis Gets Her Kicks!

We had a great day with Punxsutawney Phyllis today! She made a quick stop at our house during her
World Tour and she had some wonderful stories to share with us while she was here. She also let us know that she wanted to be sure and get some kicks down on Route 66 before she left… so we went for a cruise this afternoon before she left town.

First we made a stop in Galena to visit an old friend, Tow Mater. Phyllis really enjoyed catching up with him and hearing about the glamourous days he spent in Hollywood working on his latest movie.

Always the jokester, Pete surprised Phyllis by showing up unexpectedly. We gave him a hard time about wearing a winter sweater in 80 degree weather… but he didn’t seem to mind!

Next we traveled to the Tri-State Marker. Phyllis thought it was so funny that she could be in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri at the same time!

By then the heat was getting pretty intense… especially for Pete in that crazy sweater! I suggested we go check out Grand Falls, Missouri’s largest natural, continually flowing waterfall.

We were all surprised to find a crowd of people swimming and jumping from the cliffs nearby. Pete jumped right in with them! Phyllis wasn’t quite sure WHY it’s so warm for March… but none of us were complaining.

After drying off, we decided to go to Cunningham Park to run around.

Phyllis was sad when I told her that the tornado in Joplin had torn up the park last year… but she was happy that it is so beautiful now!!! Volunteers from all over the world have been here to help rebuild the city and they started there to give everyone a place to play.

Cunningham had always been my son Collin’s favorite park, but today was the first day we went back since the storm. Phyllis was just as excited as he was and they went down the slide together A BILLION times!!!

Finally, we ended our visit the best way we knew how… with CANDY! Phyllis LOVES candy and said that the chocolate at Richardson’s Candy House is ALMOST as good as the maple candy she makes with her family back home.

We were really sad to see Phyllis go, but she had to head out to California this evening. But before she left, she told us a REALLY funny story… I’ll be sure to tell all of you about it tomorrow!

Expecting a visitor!

I’ve been busy this week making final preparations for a VERY special visitor!

Our family was honored when Suzanna Leonard Hill told us the news… Punxsutawney Phyllis will be staying with us for a couple nights during her April Fool Phyllis World Tour!!!  We have a full day of sightseeing ahead, so hopefully she is getting plenty of rest on her ride up here from Texas!

Some of the places we’ll be visiting are new to me too. It will be so much fun to experience them with her for the first time. The forecast is calling for some cloudy days, but we won’t let that dampen any of our fun. The Ozarks are beautiful this time of year… rain OR shine!  I’ll make sure to take PLENTY of pictures!

Rumor also has it that Phyllis is a WONDERFUL storyteller. My son Collin is already hoping she will tell him his bedtime story while she is here. I’m sure they will be GREAT friends before she heads out to California to see more of the world!