Monday, August 17, 2015

Back Home Weekend

The first weekend in August, we traveled back home for a weekend. Believe it or not, this was the first time we've taken the girls back to my hometown. Keep in mind that my mom visits often and we have only ever taken the girls overnight two other times before so we are not as terrible children as it sounds (hopefully!). Here are a few highlights:

Woodbury County Fair

We had fun taking the girls for their first trip to the fair! The fair has so many fond memories for me, the best being my reign as the Woodbury County Fair Queen (every girl's dream!). It was fun seeing friendly faces and getting stopped every five seconds for someone to fawn over the girls. We also enjoyed plenty of fair foods such as tenderloins, ribbon fries, lemonade, brisket sandwiches and a funnel cake. I also got to hit up my favorite vendor for some new books for the girls' birthday. A lovely surprise was had by running into an old friend in the parking lot and being able to meet her new baby and new husband. 

We were also able to visit with some family that we don't get to see often: my uncle Scott, and my Aunt Cindy & Uncle Mark, my cousin Therese and her girls. I was glad we were able to get together and visit as I feel terrible we don't make it back home that often...although hopefully more now that girls seem to be easier travelers (fingers crossed!). We did not remember to talk a photo of all the kids together even though we talked about it so I will just to rely on my memory of the nice afternoon. I especially enjoyed talking to my cousin's girls as they are going in to 5th and 6th grade- my favorite ages! :o) 

Luckily grandma was able to rustle up TWO vintage highchairs for the girls to use at her house. This photo reminds me of this one of Michael when he was a little younger than the girls: 

Speaking of vintage mom also had out her little rocking chairs which were my grandma and her sisters when they were little. My mom said her grandfather bought them off a peddler's wagon when he was coming through town. I'm not sure if that is accurate- grandma, you'll have to correct me if I'm wrong! At any rate, it was such a nice coincidence that she had TWO and the girls were so cute rocking in them. 

The other big part of our weekend was that Scott had planned an overnight out for us to celebrate our 9th anniversary while my parents watched the kids. It was a treat! He booked a very nice suite at the Stoney Creek Inn in Sioux City which was very nice and even had a little patio. We had a very nice dinner at Kahill's which is where we had our rehearsal dinner and hadn't been back since. It was fun exploring the grounds of the hotel as there were two weddings going on! The big ballroom was busy with a convention so we couldn't peek in and reminisce about our wedding but it was fun nonetheless being back at the scene of the crime.

After dinner we had some drinks and explored the Hard Rock Casino which was right across from our hotel. It was pretty neat! We met up with my friend Kim from high school and it was so so great to catch up with her. She has been going through some health things and has been on my heart so I'm glad we got to connect face to face. It was also fun meeting her guy friend and getting to know him! It was a really fun night and just what we needed. I'm glad I was able to meet up with so many friends and family this trip (and I can't forget about my friend Jessie and her family who we saw en route- a perfect stopping point to break up the trip!) and was happy that we were able to connect. 

So here's to nine years! It's been quite the ride! 

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