Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fourth of July in Iowa

In true Iowa-ish fashion, we spent our favorite summer holiday in our favorite place: Iowa!

My cousin Christine had a bachelorette party in Iowa on that Saturday, so we decided to make a big weekend of it - Jacob and I went to Iowa on Friday morning with my brother and SIL, who graciously agreed to drive us - along with all of our gear! - so that we could go early and only have one car in Iowa.  They picked us up at 8:30, and drove us to Dubuque, where my dad met us and drove us the rest of the way to CR.  In CR, my dad surprised us with a new slide for Jacob!  Jacob was asleep at the time, and when he woke up he LOST HIS MIND with excitement over it.  It only took three minutes for him to be climbing up it via the slide part ;)

After Jacob went to sleep, my parents and I enjoyed wine on their beautiful patio.  We called it a night relatively early, not knowing how Jacob would sleep in an unfamiliar room in a pack-and-play... BUT... he slept perfectly through the night.  (Go JSS!)

On Saturday morning, Kelly picked me up and drove me and our cousin to Dubuque for the bachelorette party.

There were six of us cousins - which made for a fun family reunion to celebrate Christine.  (Christine, you may recall, was one of my beloved maids-of-honor at my wedding five years ago!)


Her sisters planned a super fun day - complete with a trolley, a picturesque winery, and a fun murder-mystery dinner with eight actors!

After a late night (literally 3 hours after my bedtime, hey-yo!) and relatively early morning, we were back to CR to see my baby :)  I was dying to see him - and literally sprinted in to the house to find that he was ASLEEP!  (Of course). Scott met us in CR after working all weekend, and it was so nice to be reunited with my hubs.   We spent the day swimming at my uncle's pool - Jacob is a little fishy.  He was obsessed with his older cousins.  One of the perks of being from a big family, is that Jacob is one of 15 "cousins" on my mom's side.  I have about 15 first cousins on that side alone, and a lot of them already have children.  It's very fun to get together with all the little ones.

It was a fabulous weekend, filled with celebrations for the bride-to-be, cousin time, and relaxing.

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