Trip to Iowa

We packed up our bags and headed for Iowa over Memorial Day weekend. Linus is an old pro at traveling, so when he got to the airport, he just relaxed and took everything in.

Trip to Iowa

We were excited to find when we got to the gate that it was next to a little playground. Linus spent almost an hour happily running around. I have to stay too that Yen was the only parent who slipped off his shoes and ran around playing too. Everyone else just sat with their phones while their kids played. In my defense, I nursed Mina.

Trip to Iowa

Trip to Iowa

Here’s Linus all strapped in and ready for the flight. Even though he’s still young enough to qualify as a “lap child,” we thought it was better for everyone if we bought him his own seat. He had a terrific time in his window seat, watching the luggage cars and the fuel trucks, and then checking out the clouds as we took off and landed. In the air, though, he was the window police. Shades down, everyone!

Trip to Iowa

Little Mina did a great job too. We only had one flight during which she cried most of the time. Her nap schedule was off, and she was just so tired. But once we made it to the hotel, she was back to her old self again.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Our original plan was to meet the Chandlers, Mom, and Dad in Omaha and go to the zoo. Unfortunately it was opening weekend for a big exhibit that’s been six years in the making. They had 20,000 visitors that day! We decided instead to go for a walk in good old Waubonsie Park. Linus was really glad to stretch his legs even though it was much hotter and more humid than we’re all used to.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Yen tried to get some nice photos of us, but it’s awfully hard at these ages. By the way, don’t worry about my nose. It was just a little cosmetic tweak.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

After our walk, we were hungry. We drove into Nebraska City and had brunch at the Lied Lodge, and then walked over to check out the Arbor stuff.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

I made out with Mina in the lobby. I can’t resist her!

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Linus has become our leader when we got for walks. He just sets out (whether we’re following or not).

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Here we are with Grandma. Doesn’t she look great?

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Here’s grandma with all of the great-grandkids (I’m just there as a platform for my kids, who clearly had other ideas.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

I couldn’t resist including this outtake, where pretty much everyone is just doing their own thing.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

And then the grandkids.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

And the kids!

Omaha & Clarinda trip

We stayed at Donna’s but walked down to Zach’s a couple of times. Linus always led the way because in Zach’s yard there’s a huge windmill. He made a perfect beeline for it!

Omaha & Clarinda trip

He helped Doyle do chores in exchange for a ride in a tractor.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Mina and Grandpa. She didn’t pull his beard once!

Omaha & Clarinda trip

And here’s Mina with Grandma. Of course she remembered her.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Mina allowed Dick to touch her feet.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Linus was very shy at first, but after a while he started playing with Dick and was really cracking up.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Mina sat with Grandma again for a few pictures.

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Here’s Linus sacked out for a nap. I think he enjoyed napping in the big bed instead of on the floor as he usually does at home. He used¬†all the pillows.

Trip to Iowa

Drawing with Ruby.

Trip to Iowa

Linus was completely fascinated by the piano.

Trip to Iowa

We tried hard to get a group photo, but the kids were just really struggling, especially Mina. At least we were all together!

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Omaha & Clarinda trip

Back on the plane again. on the way home. Linus slept through the entire first flight, and then Mina took her turn on the second. It was all very smooth.

Trip to Iowa

Just the same, we’ve decided not to fly again for a while…

Trip to Iowa