Tonight we finished the last of the Little House on the Prairie books. The girls were sad that the series had come to an end. Monkey was teary eyed when she told me she was sad that we were done. I Googled Mansfield, Missouri and found the site for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association (http://www.lauraingallswilderhome.com/index.html). There is a section for children that has some word searches and quizzes based on the books, so I may surprise the kids with some.
If the kids (and maybe their mom) get their way, our next big vacation might include a stop in Mansfield, Missouri. Of course it will probably be a long, long time before we can afford to take a big vacation. Meanwhile, we'll have to be content exploring through the internet.
Now, I have to figure out what to use for our bedtime stories. I think it's probably time to use some books geared to younger children. Hmm . . . I'll be reading two or three books instead of two or three chapters.