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Walnut Grove 40th Pageant

So, for our anniversary, Josh decided to surprise me with a random nerdy outing. Unfortunately for him, I talked him into giving me a hint and I accidentally figured out what the surprise was. Whoops! Due to my bookwormish tendencies since I was a child, we were heading to Walnut Grove, MN to see the annual pageant that is performed in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  It’s a bit of a drive, and made for a late night as it is performed outside and doesn’t start until 9pm, but it ended up being a really fun day since we both appreciate a bit of cheese, but also history, and we of course both took plenty of pictures to share with everyone.

So, the first place on our list was at someone’s house. It was quiet and we weren’t sure if parking there would lead to us being tied up and hidden in a barn or an actual sod house. Turns out they actually have recreated sod houses (very few if any original sod houses remain).

It was extremely hot out, but we made the most of it.  It was actually not that hot inside the sod houses, and the main one was surprisingly nice.  Apparently at one point the owners actually let people sleep overnight as a fun B&B.

Lap of luxury.


Cozy, but not awful… it stays nicely cool in the summer and I imagine it warms up well in the winter months much as I imagined when reading the books.  Granted, we got a more realistic look at what most sod houses started out as with dirt floors and without plastered walls.

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Sunday evening already…

We ended up going to the Science Museum yesterday to see the Tutankhamun exhibit, and it ended up being really interesting, though at first we were almost wondering if the artifacts on display were real on not. You wouldn’t have guessed that some of the statues and carvings were actually thousands of years old, and there they were.  We couldn’t take pictures, of course, and it’s a shame because there were a lot of interesting items on display, and massive stone statuary that were just incredible.

We went and checked out the rest of the museum as well, but there’s only so far we can walk when our tummies are rumbling and demanding food, so our stroll through the other exhibits was somewhat brief.


This morning we decided to make chocolate chip pancakes, and then get some organizing done – still lots to do, but our pile of Goodwill stuff has grown, and I plan on adding even more to it.

For now, though, I think it may be time to find some grub, grab the husband, and maybe see about watching a movie while it continues to snow outside, which is lame.