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.
Here we are with John’s mom’s parents.
Here we are with John’s Dad’s Mom.