Friday, July 26, 2013

What do we do when we go to Iowa????

 We limbo!
We happened to be in town for the 4th of July festivities in West Union, Iowa....kudos to whoever put this together because we had a blast!!!

 We paddleboat!
My best friend from Iowa, Kasey, and her family have a camper at a local campground and she invited us to hang out for a day.  What fun!!!!  
 We go to Amusement Parks????
This was unexpected, but my sister,Carla, gave us tickets to take our family to Adventureland in Des Moines, Iowa, for a day.  We took my niece, Isabelle, with us also.  We had a blast!  I had gone to this amusement park when I lived in Iowa, but they had added a wonderful waterpark that we enjoyed immensely, as it was 92 degrees the day we visited.

 We catch up with friends!
It just so happened that our friends, the Campbells, happened to be visiting their family at the same time.  They live in Illinois now, but they lived in northern Virginia when we lived in Maryland.  We were able to double date one night and had a lot of laughs together!
 We hike!
Well, Darrell and I did anyway.  We left the kids with Dad one day and went hiking at Backbone State Park, enjoying some of the highest views in Iowa.  Beautiful!

 We swim!
The northeast rural area of Iowa has some of the BEST swimming pools, so we always look forward to visiting them when we go back.
 We ride (and drive)!
The rustler....lots of open land to drive around in....and let the kids try out some driving of their own.  No worries, it is always well-supervised.
 We fish!
Dad happens to have access to a small lake on his property where the fish practically jump out at you.  The kids really enjoy this fishing experience...catch and release of course.

 We enjoy the animals!
There are always baby kittens to be tamed and named on Dad's acreage, and this time we were able to enjoy my sister's puppy, Otis.

 We enjoy a slower pace of life!
Visiting family and friends and just hanging out, we relax and feel blessed that we have this time with each other.
Does that make you want to visit Iowa?  :)