Sunday, January 8, 2017

Chichaqua Trail

We went to Iowa for Christmas and I just didn't snap very many photos. Christmas Vacation was shorter this year and we stayed late before taking off the morning after the last day of school so we could join K's work crew for a wonderful meal at Tucano's. We slept in Laramie, WY the first night and Omaha, NE the second night. We finally woke up Christmas morning and drove straight to Grandpa's Farm in Iowa on Christmas Day (after stopping for Church...and leaving that Sacrament Meeting about 15 minutes early), arriving around 1:00 p.m. for dinner (they said dinner was at Noon, but it still wasn't ready when we arrived, but we told them to go ahead and eat without us). Since we didn't/couldn't contribute to the meal in any way, we did all the dishes.

We enjoyed the afternoon with everyone at the farm as well as the gift exchange and watching the little kids play, then we headed to K's parents' home. The following morning, we celebrated Christmas by opening gifts after his brother came over. I believe this was the first time in my life I've ever had "Christmas Morning" the day after. It was nice of them to wait for us. It was also nice to not be rushed. Usually, the gift opening starts at 7:30 a.m. (K would rather sleep in) and lasts for a couple of hours and then it's, "We've got to get to the farm!" So we rush around and load up the van and are usually early to arrive. Then we make the food and others trickle in. This year was just...different. Also, we usually help K's mom with some of the baking, especially the frosting and decorating of the sugar cookies, but all of that was finished, of course, by the time we arrived. It was nice not having to be anywhere. K's mom made a wild rice soup in the Crock Pot the night before, so we feasted on that for lunch after the gift opening. They are all the nicest people! So generous and loving!

One day we went out for a walk. The weather was unseasonably warm so we took advantage. There's a program called "Rails to Trails" where they convert old railroad grades into walking trails. Just a couple of photos.

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