A Good Hosting
After two weeks of hosting, we packed ourselves off to Minnesota on Friday morning to stretch out and revel in the luxury, kid-friendly guest atmosphere at Marmee and D's house.
On the long way north, we stopped for lunch at Uncle Charles City in northern Iowa and made a brilliant discovery at a little park in town ...
Probably homemade? Probably over fifty years old? Probably the best two-person swing ever!
After hitting rush hour in the Cities - and cleverly avoiding the stop-and-go with the use of our own personal Minnesota G.P.S. (i.e., my dad) - we finally made it to Marmee and D's after nearly 9 hours of travel. Ugh.
Still, after a good night's rest, we easily put the long trip behind us and settled into mini-vacation mode. Joel arose early on Saturday and shot 18 holes at the V.A. golf course, while the rest of us went shopping. Adelaide found a sweet pair of bright red Bumpers!
Henry just had to have a new baby pirate skull-and-crossbones cap to prevent the constant scratching of his head. Self discovery is such a great thing, but it's kind of too bad when it leads to a seriously ouchy head.
Henry was also the beneficiary of a bath-in-the-sink, courtesy of our hosts (and with some assistance from Erin and Adelaide).
Marmee and D's has become pretty much our Only Vacation Spot. Where else could you go for freshly baked cinnamon rolls, cozy beds, decadent nightcaps, lots of laughs, and plenty of hugs? Joel gets a chance to be alone on the Back Nine. I get a chance to check out expensive knickknacks at speciality shops with my mom and sisters. Adelaide gets a chance to play Soup in the hot tub with Papa, Erin, and Big D. And Henry gets lots of snuggles and love from everyone.