|Hanging out at Tia Leecie's apartment Saturday morning|
|A fun evening with the Gogerty clan|
|Kieren came over to say hi to Norah|
|Ike inspecting Uncle Jordan's fine workmanship on the concrete table top.|
|Boys are rough and tumble from the get go. We had to extract Norah from the swing for her own safety.|
|Tia Leecie eats eggs for breakfast. Ike eats cat.|
|A rare picture of me and my girl|
|Snuggles with Grandma Linda|
|Uncle Jared ensuring that he remains at 'favorite uncle' status|
|Barney on the Kindle is a sanity saver during a middle of night drive (note the plexiglass between Ike and Norah. This prevents any sharing of feet, hands, or tractors).|
|Me and Elice|
Last weekend we decided to take a spur of the moment trip back to IA to visit friends. Scott was desiring a vacation so we packed up and took off for IA to visit friends. Usually when we are in IA most of our time is spent at family functions and so it was a fun treat to get to see old friends and visit our college church the majority of the short trip. Of course we did stop in to see the grandparents since we were in town but we actually spent most of our time in Ames. My dear friend Elice opened her home to us and it was such a treat to stay with her. It has been years since I have gotten to hang out till 1am with her. I think the last time we did that was before I got married.
The trip to IA was unfortunately very eventful. About 100 miles from home (right before entering Chicago) our tire went flat. Turns out there was a hole in the side wall. It took almost an hour to remove the tire because it was rusted in place. I was a bit nervous as we worked on the side of the interstate at 9pm with all our luggage strewn across the side of the road (the spare was under the trunk floor of course). However, we were kept safe and the children didn't even wake up till we were almost finished changing the tire. We were unable to get a new tire due because everything was closed so we decided to trudge on with the spare tire at a max speed of 50 mph. In hind sight this was probably not the world's best decision (the driving through Gary Indiana was a bit scary). Needless to say it was a very long trip that ended up taking 12hrs rather than the regular 7hrs due to slow speeds and the need to take back roads to avoid the interstate. In addition to driving on a spare our check engine light came on and we were driving with greatly reduced power. We hoped it wasn't anything major since we couldn't really do anything about it at the moment and so we kept on moving. Once in IA we were able to get a new tire for free due to an accidental purchase of road hazard insurance on our tires 2 years ago. What a blessing! We got the engine code read and discovered that a piston was misfiring. Scott promptly took the car over to an auto parts store, purchased new spark plugs, popped them into the car in the parking and the ol Subaru was running as good as new. Turns out 2 of our 4 spark plugs were bad so we were running on half of our pistons. No wonder we had such limited power!
We thoroughly enjoyed checking out our old college stomping grounds and seeing all the changes and it was so wonderful to see friends and visit our old church. Friday we saw Scott's family and his mom watched the kids while we got the car fixed. It was weird and amazing to be kidless for a few hours. Waiting at the mall for the tire to be replaced was like a mini vacation. We got to see the Gogerty family Saturday for homemade pizza which was a lot of fun. Their son Kieren is now mobile enough that he and Ike were having some fun together as well as learning how to share their toys. Later that evening we got to meet my little brother's new girlfriend which was very nice. We didn't seem to scare her too badly so she might be sticking around :) After they left Scott and I talked with Elice into the wee hours of the morning and it was so wonderful! It was such a blessing to reconnect with her just as if we were once again in college. Good friends are hard to come by in life and it is such a blessing to have both the Gogertys and Elice in that category How blessed I am. We went to our old church on Sunday, ate lunch at Elice's while the kiddos napped and then went to see my parents for the night before heading back to Michigan. Thankfully the trip back home was not near as eventful as the journey out to IA. We made it home safely and even though we loved our trip there is nothing quite so nice as sleeping in your own bed.