Memorial Day Weekend: IOWA

For Memorial Day Weekend, I went with my favorite Iowan (and favorite person in general) to Iowa. I rode in a car for 26 hours (13 hours each way) in the course of 96 hours. John was a trooper and drove the full 26 hours. We left on Friday from Virginia, spent Saturday and Sunday in Iowa, and returned on Monday. I love the Midwest and had a great time with John and his family. Spending time in the Midwest helped me realize I need to slow down a bit more and enjoy each moment of life.

On Saturday, we started the morning off with breakfast and a game of croquet in John’s parents’ backyard. I am sad I never got a picture of the backyard because it is beautiful. Their house backs up to a golf course. We then toured Davenport and hopped on the Celebration Belle for a riverboat ride along the Mississippi. That afternoon we visited a friend of the Longeneckers, got ice cream at Whitey’s (amazing!), and picked up John’s grandma for pizza at Happy Joes. On Sunday, we headed to church and afterwards had a cook out at John’s grandparent’s farm. We then played a rousing game of Uno, which was interrupted by a Tornado Warning.

It was a very fast but wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Below are a few pictures. I really wish I had taken more.

My view for 26 hours - the road trip warrior!
My view for 26 hours – the road trip warrior!
It was a bit windy...
It was a bit windy…
…so we decided to face the other direction.
…so we decided to face the other direction.
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Here we are with John’s mom’s parents.
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Here we are with John’s Dad’s Mom.

2015 Springtime Catch-up

I haven’t done the best job of updating this blog, and to be honest, I haven’t done the best job of taking pictures to put on the blog. Life has been very full recently, but in all really, really good ways.

About a month and a half ago, John and I went to the Air and Space Museum in DC. I have zero pictures from the excursion, but I really enjoyed perusing the exhibits. My Grandpa Morgan helped work on Apollo missions during his career as a mechanical engineer. As we walked around the museum, all I could do was think about him and his life. He passed about two years ago this month, and I miss him.

Later in April, my friends hosted a color dinner. I actually happen to have a picture of my sister’s plate. This is the second color dinner my friends have hosted. The premise is basically you pick a color and pretty much everything in the meal has that color in it. This time the color was red.

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In the middle of May, there was a flyover of WWII planes to commemorate Victory Day. My coworkers and I went to the roof of our building and had an awesome view of the flyover. The pictures below were taken by my boss.

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On that same day, Keri organized a group to go to the Nationals Game. The Nats had a great evening! The weather was perfect. Baseball is one of my favorite sports to watch in person.

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