There’s more than corn in Iowa

We traveled 10 hours and almost 600 miles one way this past weekend to visit my brother-in-law Jason and my now 4-year-old nephew Caleb.  They are my sister’s family and we went back to be there for Caleb’s first birthday without his mom. 

The boys were FABULOUS the entire trip.  For anyone who knows my boys you know what a rarity that is.  The 10 hour drive there consisted of a lot of laughter and fun mixed with a little whining because both boys needed naps.  They both took said naps and made the trip go by so much faster. 
The second day of the trip we went to a park in the morning to let all 3 boys run off some steam.  They climbed and ran and got to watch some Army guys practice softball.  It was heaven to them!  We had lunch and all 3 boys took naps.  After that we got to go to the “Castle Park”!  Anyone who’s ever been to Iowa Falls, IA has GOT to stop by and see the castle park.  It’s this AWESOME playground on the elementary school’s property.  The ground is covered in rubber mulch.  There is a rock wall, tires to climb, swings, slides – it’s basically every little kid’s (and adult’s) dream!!!!!!! 
Day 3 of the trip revolved around Caleb’s birthday party.  We spent 2+ hours at the local McDonald’s playland.  There were 9 children total aged 5 and under.  They all played so well together and had the most fun.  Even a couple of adults got into the playland!  After that party the family members all went to yet another park in Iowa Falls to grill hot dogs and hamburgers and enjoy some family time.  They boys got to play with Annie and Allie – their cousins from Minnesota.  The 5 kids all had a BLAST together!  Everyone was exhausted by 7pm:)
On day four we completed our journey by making the 10 hour and almost 600 mile trip home.  Once again the angels were looking down on us and we had the most amazing drive.  There was a little fussing once again that was made well by another nap, and a little ice cream!!!
We did  a lot of talking this weekend about Auntie Heidi and how much we all miss her.  Her presence was certainly felt on Saturday.  We know that she was smiling down on us and even a few tears were shed from Heaven.  It was a beautiful weekend that helped everyone in the healing process.  We love you Heidi.  Thanks for looking out for all of us this weekend!
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About Brotherly Love

I am a mom, partner, teacher and a lover of life. I have two fabulous boys who define my life as I know it. One of my children has been diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, Asperger's and anxiety disorder. I blog as much about him as I do about my life and the lives of my immediate family.
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