Wednesday, June 22, 2016

it's tulip time!

 At the beginning of May, we took a long weekend trip to Iowa to see some of Bart's relatives.  Our first stop was at his aunt and uncle's farmhouse.  That first morning was filled with:

 Playing on the tire swing,

 playing on the other swing, which by the way, Everly thought was the most fun thing ever!

 Seriously, pure joy right there!
Smooches from Grandpa,
Holding the tiny farm kittens,
playing on the tractor,
exploring the property,
 and holding two farm kittens at the same time!
 Our next stop was the Tulip Time Festival in Pella, Iowa, where Bart's grandparents live.
 While we waited for the parade to start, we took pictures, 

 visited with relatives,

 practiced some acrobatics,

and of course, ate some of the famous Dutch Letters!

 I had been having some serious back issues since the beginning of January.  Most of the time, it was so bad that I could hardly make it through a trip to the grocery store without being in horrible pain.  At the time of our trip, the pain was at its worst, and I couldn't walk more than 5-10 minutes without being in so much pain that I needed to sit or lie down.  So, I got to ride around town with Grandpa Bob on his motorized scooter.  I had to take a selfie to document the occasion.  (I'm happy to report that soon after we got back from this trip, a chiropractor was able to solve the problem, and I am pain free once again!)
 While we were in Pella, we went on a fun walk along the river.  (Isn't she just the cutest thing ever?)

 My boys are pretty good-looking too, right?

 The boys had a blast playing with their second cousins, running across this bridge, throwing rocks in the water, and looking for driftwood walking sticks.

The boys all got to dress up in authentic Dutch costumes and ride in the parade with their great-grandpa Bob.  
These kids are a full quarter Dutch, and look as cute as can be all dressed up!
 My little Dutch Princess!

 It was such a fun trip!  We enjoyed spending time with family, and making memories together.  Hopefully we can go again sometime!

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