First we flew from Singapore to Salt Lake City. After a few days there we rented a car and drove to Breckenridge, Colorado, and then after the reunion we rented a car again and drove to Iowa. It was kind of a lot of travelling. But the kids did (mostly) well and we all survived.
Just like our time in Utah and Colorado, our time in Iowa was awesome. I was prepared to deal with humidity and heat not quite as bad as we have here in Singapore, but still unpleasant. Iowa sure surprised me though! Our first night and our last night there were the only times we needed the AC on in our room. It actually tended to get chilly at night and the days were absolutely gorgeous. I could not have asked for more perfect weather. But it didn't help when it was time to leave, just one more thing to miss.
The kids loved being at Grandma and Papa's house, of course. Declan wasted no time in discovering the treasure trove of cereal right at his level and I found him like this on more than one occasion. He continued his pattern of refusing to ever touch dinner and being an absolute bottomless pit from the time he wakes up in the morning until nap time.
We went to the grocery store once and let both the kids get mini carts. Declan is the worst age for this sort of thing. He is old enough that he wants to do what Tatum is doing so he won't be satisfied sitting in the cart if she is pushing one, but he is absolutely out of control steering that thing around. I'm sure everyone was glad to see us leave that store. But I do love his face as he picks up this pudding he's pretty sure we should buy.
We got to see some friends in Iowa! Yay friends! Camille was nice enough to drive down to Mt. Vernon and do a picnic at the park with us. Sadly, and unsurprisingly, Collin and Declan had no recollection of each other.
We lucked out and got a train for both directions. The second one came in a lot faster and hotter, it was a little overwhelming and slightly hilarious.
I love this next picture. Declan thought he was the coolest thing holding the leash. Tatum loved to do it too, and could actually be trusted, but one time she started running so Duke started running and it ended with Tatum flat on her face on the sidewalk and Duke as free as a bird.
So much love!
Declan and David having some deep conversation.
Then he wasn't so sure about all the people looking at him.
One morning mom took Duke out and it was raining. Declan followed her, of course, and she just left him. She came inside and said "you're son is out in the rain". Gee, thanks mom. Must be nice to be a grandma. ;) It wasn't storming so the kids got to play in the rain for a bit. They loved it.
And finally, here's a video of Tatum singing Grandma's favorite song while she plays with the bears I used to play with when I was little.