Lots of funny roadside gems.
We spent some time in Iowa, visiting the Des Moines sculpture garden and the Iowa capitol. And of course, Kelly, Eli, Todd and Patrick. Missed you Anna!
These first pics were taken at a brunch place we happened upon when a restaurant we wanted to visit in Des Moines was closed. The kids ended up eating super-fancy brunch buffet. We used the opportunity to explain the meaning of the word "serendipity"
Des Moines sculpture garden
Moin, Quinn and I also ate Arthur Bryan's barbeque, which has always been my dad's favorite place. In case you can't tell, that is meat, fries, bread and pickles, all wrapped in paper. yum!
The reason for our trip was to see my Aunts Marietta and Diana, who had met in Wichita for Diana's 80th birthday!
Penelope even sang "Let it go" for Diana for her birthday (see picture below) which was a very special moment.
My cousin Sarah organized the event. See below for a picture with all the ladies!
It was so wonderful to see my Aunts again, and to see them with my mom. What a special treat!
On the way back, we made a quick stop in Lawrence, KS, home of my parents' alma mater. found a great little pool there to swim in, too.
The picture below cracks me up. A guard told the kids to be quiet, and he would make President Truman talk. He started playing a tape of Truman's voice, which totally freaked Zahra out.
Zahra in the oval office
Dressing like the president
Making campaign buttons
Quinn kicking butt at Truman trivia
A book where you could write your own thoughts on the use of the atomic bomb
It was a good tourist stop. We've been talking a lot about the next presidential library we will visit. Suggestions?
Finally, our drive back was on Quinn's SEVENTH birthday! Unfortunately, Moin and I got very ill with a stomach bug on the way back and were in really bad shape. Quinn was mostly unaffected, though. He was happy to be able to choose the movies on the drive back (LEGO movie and Monsters University), and to eat at Culvers at the way.
When we got home, we found a really fun surprise. Quinn's friend Perry (a neighbor) made this birthday sign, and his parents left cupcakes in our fridge. So awesome! Especially since Moin and I were having a hard time being celebratory at all at that point.
Luckily my parents were already back in town, so they took Quinn to dinner for his birthday so Moin and I could rest. Honestly, I have no idea what Penelope and Zahra were doing at this point. Taking care of themselves, I guess!
By the time they got back, we were ready for presents.
Quinn got a robot from my parents, which he loves.
A bacon shirt
A robot shirt from Grandma Amy
(you may notice him switching his shirts throughout the present opening. He loved them all!)
A LEGO restaurant set
We had a great trip, and now we have a 7-year-old. Can you believe it?