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20150921-DSC_9912After waiting all his life, Kaden finally got to visit Waukon’s famous rocket ship park! Both of the kids greatly enjoyed themselves. Clarissa and I noticed how this park was way more fun than our parks in Florida, and way less child-proof.
20150921-DSC_9873 20150921-DSC_9899I have so many nice memories of my Grandpa taking us to this park & playing with my brother and sisters & me, it was so fun to bring my kids here where we used to play, and my parents & their siblings played as children too.
20150921-DSC_9911 20150921-DSC_9920 20150921-DSC_9933In the afternoon we got to visit my (great) Aunt Joyce’s house & garden. The kids helped dig up potatoes, pick carrots, and ate some “ground cherries”. They were very impressed with it all.20150921-DSC_994720150921-DSC_996720150921-DSC_995820150921-DSC_997320150921-DSC_997420150921-DSC_997620150921-DSC_998120150921-DSC_9998It was so fun to be in my great-grandparents’ old house, where my Grandpa and his siblings grew up, just knowing how many stories and memories happened in that place.20150921-DSC_000420150921-DSC_0017We heard about how my Grandpa’s brother climbed this tree one morning long ago, & stayed up there for the rest of the day to keep from going to school.20150921-DSC_0025“Pretty Boy”.20150921-DSC_0030Strolling downtown Waukon.20150922-DSC_004620150922-DSC_003220150922-DSC_0059On our way up to the cities yesterday we made a return visit to the Rask farm. It feels like magic to be there. All the history, the generations of this branch of our family who lived there. I loved it.20150922-DSC_006320150922-DSC_008320150922-DSC_009220150922-DSC_010220150922-DSC_011020150922-DSC_0117And we finished the evening visiting with some of our favorite friends.20150922-DSC_015020150922-DSC_013620150922-DSC_015720150922-DSC_015920150922-DSC_013320150922-DSC_0191

Iowa

Sep
2015
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We’ve had such a nice time in Iowa. It’s very beautiful here. Sunday night we all hung out in the backyard & the kids got to pick food from the garden. They loved it, here’s some pictures from our evening.

But first, I walked into Grandma’s house and the cat’s just on the table, staring me down like this. Freaked me out.20150920-DSC_9627

On to the outdoors… It’s so nice this time of year.20150920-DSC_9653 20150920-DSC_9673 20150920-DSC_9672 20150920-DSC_965820150920-DSC_9651That one time Clarissa walked on the wrong side of the house.20150920-DSC_967720150920-DSC_9680The whole day driving through Illinois from Indiana to Iowa Kaden talked about how he wanted to pick corn off a corn stalk.20150920-DSC_9694Then he got to!20150920-DSC_971620150920-DSC_9728We had a little bonfire.20150920-DSC_975420150920-DSC_973220150920-DSC_979120150920-DSC_978620150920-DSC_970420150920-DSC_979520150920-DSC_9781Nice night! I love the midwest <3

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Sep
2015
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20150919-DSC_941420150919-DSC_9344Kaden & Alia / at Jenna’s wedding! They were enjoying the cracker sticks (& Kaden just got kissed by the bride ;) We had such a fun time. It was amazingly beautiful. Here’s some more pics…

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Sep
2015
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20150911-DSC_8870 20150911-DSC_9073Alia / with Roo Roo on her 22nd birthday!

Kaden / waiting to help blow out the candles…

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2015
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20150907-DSC_8740-220150907-DSC_8757-2Kaden / started “homeschool kindergarten” (as he calls it) this week!

Alia / the sign is true. She sits with us through reading, writing, practices her letter flash cards, & does her best to try whatever he’s doing.

Seriously, this is how excited he was about starting the first day.20150907-DSC_8732Working in their “nature notebooks”. We’re studying apples right now :)
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