We went to meet more family today. This time the drive was short. Our Great Aunt Holly ("hau-wee"), Great Uncle Jon and Second Cousin Anne were all here this weekend and since we just got back yesterday, we thought we should get together to say hello. Holly was great on the swings . . .
. . . so was Grandma C (she was there too). They must have done this before.
We also got some digging done. Grandma ran the contraption, we did the filling.
In the end, we had to say goodbye AGAIN. We really need to stop having to say goodbye.
. . . and the longest leg. We were able to get caught up on some of our reading.
Our first stop was in West Des Moines. It was perfect, largely due to this giant elephant we could ride on.
Our second stop was a small park in Clear Lake. There was a really slick slide that was perfect for rolling our truck down . . .
. . . and lots of sand at the bottom too.
We gave those trucks a real work out - sliding, scooping, dumping.
We checked out the park down the street from us in Omaha. There are some great slide there.
Olivia and Katie helped us down the slides . . .
. . . at first we were a little reluctant.
There was also a great hiding place under the slide.
Katie showed us how to swing really high too. Maybe some day we'll learn her tricks.
We checked out the zoo in Omaha today. It's called the Henry Doorly Zoo. It was the greatest. They had a VERY loud train that was a little scary, but we rode all through the place looking at the elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and all kinds of other animals.
The Omaha Zoo has a wonderful aquarium. There are some really active penguins . . .
. . . a walk through aquarium with sharks, sting rays, turtles and so much more. Great Grandma K came along with us and she was as impressed as we were with everything.
Then there were all these little individual aquariums with all kinds of different things in it. We saw sea horses (they don't sound like regular horses) and jelly fish (don't eat them, they don't taste like jelly).
Seems every house we go to has pretty flowers ("pee-pee gagows") outside - except our house.
Our Great Aunt Linda stopped by to drop off some awesome toys like this barn. She had to leave but came back a little later and stayed for the evening.
She's great too. Her name is Great Grandma K, she came to Omaha from Lincoln and her nose makes some pretty awesome sounds when you push it . . .
. . .she gives great back scratches . . .
. . . and she rolls a car with the best of them.
It was hard leaving Kansas City this morning. We had to say goodbye to our super-cool Great Aunt Denise ("DEN-ees").
She did take us to the park down the street where we tried balancing on the pavers that border the playground.
We it was time to leave, we had a minor argument about who should drive. We both lost.
We went back to the Deanna Rose Farmstead today with our second cousin Tommy. Check out this slide we conquered.
We just needed a little help from Tommy the first time.
We did some great climbing . . .
. . . and a little swinging too.
After the park, Great Grandma took us out for milkshakes.
We went to this great place called Winstead's.
We were so excited when we saw the milkshakes. They tasted soooooo good.
We gave onion rings try . . .
. . . and showed our appreciation by sharing with Great Grandma . . .
. . . and giving her kisses when we left.