And this, our life exempt from the public haunt,
finds tongues in trees,
books in running brooks,
sermons in stones,
and good in everything.
One touch of nature
makes the whole world kin.
|During a quick stop in Vegas - where we didn't get off the plane - Marcus was invited to the cockpit. It was a toss-up as to who was more excited, Marcus or Scott and me, about this moment.|
3. Iowa/Grandma and Grandpa Dudding'sWe arrived at Grandma and Grandpa Dudding's just in time for dinner. The next four days in Iowa were filled with lots of one-on-one time between the grandparents, Uncle Tyler, and the kiddos.
|Most of our time was spent simply playing with grandma and grandpa, be it building trucks or tossing pool balls, the kids loved the attention they received. And Julia set about to explore all the nooks, crannies, and decorations that were within her reach.|
|At first Marcus was crushed that the ground wasn't blanketed in snow. However, both kids took great delight in the remaining snow piles, and several snowballs were formed and tossed. Grandpa was a great sport about being pegged with snowballs that were more ice than snow. This was Julia's first time experiencing snow, and she took to it immediately. I also have to note that after the first snowball was thrown Marcus declared that Grandma and Grandpa had a TON of snow.|
And, no time spent at Grandma and Grandpa Dudding's is complete unless at least one quad ride is had.
|To beat one of the colder Iowa days, we spent an afternoon bowling. Marcus has become pretty good at knocking down the pins, and rarely were the bumpers used by him. He may or may not have legitimately beaten me in game one. Julia had her first shot at rolling the ball. I did most of the leg work, but she seemed to enjoy pushing the ball once we got to the line. I had to laugh when we walked into the alley, not a single thing has changed in that place since I was in high school.|
Our last Iowa adventure brought us to Des Moines to visit Uncle Tyler. And, I mean, when you see this wall how do you pass it and not stop? You don't.
Cheers to the weekend!