Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spring in Western Iowa

IMG_20150506_10340347410995367_10204185350650065_7986536341053927802_n(Jan) It’s Springtime! The trees, bushes and flowers are all blooming & bringing forth bright green leaves. The lilacs smell glorious. The crab apple trees are coloring the spring time pallet everywhere. Chuck and I spent a nice week-end in Ames visiting at Brent and Donna’s house and then dinner with Eric & Cheri & family followed by an awesome concert at CY Stephens at ISU. Our grandson Ryan was part of the 500 student choir and orchestra that performed Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem; 1 1/4 hours all in German. It was an incredible performance. Bravo!

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IMG_20150502_184222215IMG_20150506_103438479We returned to Swan Lake near Carroll where friends Ron & Edna had dinner waiting for us, followed by 3 fun games of Pegs & Jokers. Through the week we continued to walk around the lake, share meals occasionally and play more P&J. Edna took the photo above at left on one of the walks around Swan Lake’s trail.IMG952015050395093928168

My brother and I are finalizing my mothers paperwork so met several times IMG_20150424_122122102to attend to details. We also gathered at his house for a lovely family dinner which included daughter Susie’s family. Really good to see the new baby and spend time with them. There were also trips down to the farm and over to Halbur, where our family had installed a bench at the Cemetery remembering mom and dad. Jan also took time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Marketplace with friends Nancy, Karen, Betty and Edna. An afternoon of sharing and visiting at IMG_20150510_131402445_HDRKaren’s house followed.IMG_20150510_131308055

On Tuesday Chuck and I were back on the road to Ames. Brent & Donna and Chuck & I had a lunch at Hickory Park and we also had dinner with their busy family at their house. On Thursday we drove east to Chuck’s cousin Kathy’s house to do a little more genealogy work.  We’ve traded lots of photos and shared family info and dates. While we were there we stayed at Marr County Park near Ainsworth, Iowa. The following day we drove to the Chicago area. While we’re here, we stay at Paul Wolff/Burnidge, a Kane County Preserve.  We spent a delightful Mother’s Day week-end visiting at Eric and Cheri’s house.  We shared some delicious meals and fun games of The Whole Enchilada. It has been so nice to be with Family this week.

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From here we will head southeast to Indianapolis to visit RV friends and into Ohio to visit Army friends. Life is good.

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