Josh made it back safely from his weeklong hunting trip. Let me tell you, nearly 6 days with both the kids by myself, was exhausting. Luckily I have great friends and family that were happy to keep up company from time to time. The evening we got back, we decided we’d head back to Lincoln to visit Josh’s family.
Wednesday afternoon we were packed and on our way. We never look forward to the drive, but we had a good book on CD and lots of books and Kindle entertainment for Ella. Anderson I just hoped would sleep most of the way. We had only made it about 1.5 hours out of town before we had to stop for a nursing session and what turned into a clothing change, rest area sink shower for Anderson. The rest of the trip was uneventful and we were excited when we arrived at Josh’s parents house.
It just so happened that Josh’s sister and her kids decided to come back for the weekend as well, making for a full house. We had an action packed weekend.
First stop, the Henry Doorly Zoo. I grew up going to this zoo and it is still, maybe even more, amazing as I remember it being as a child. Ella loved walking through the jungle.
The aquarium was a close second and disappointment was only fleeting when we found out the train wasn’t running. Luckily the carousel was.
Quick lunch and we headed home to Lincoln for naps before joining a few of Josh’s high school friends for dinner. Shortly after we got home from dinner, Josh’s sister and her wild bunch pulled in. Ella loves playing with her cousins. Getting her to bed was a challenge the entire weekend.
The next day I headed out for a run. I covered six miles! I even did so tackling hills and managed a 8:47 min/mile average pace. I love running at lower altitude. After I cleaned myself up and naps were taken we went to the pumpkin patch.
This pumpkin patch is like no other patch I’ve ever been to. I remember going there when I was young but it has grown by leaps and bounds. It was a little chilly but we didn’t let that stop our fun.
We were there for about four hours or so and were so busy that we didn’t even make it to the actual patch. If you ever happen to be near Gretna, NE in the fall, I really recommend you go to Vala’s.
As if we hadn’t had enough action, we decided that sticking around the house on Saturday was boring. We packed up the kids and went to the Lincoln Children’s Museum. Ella loved when Josh painted a dragon on her face (currently obsessed thanks to Mulan and Shrek), playing in a fire truck and on a motorcycle, and grocery shopping.
She and Anderson must have been exhausted because when we got home they both went down for 3.5 hour naps! It was awesome. I totally should have joined them. After dinner, Grandpa built a fire in the backyard pit and had all the kids roast marshmallows for s’mores. Ella had her first s’more…
I think she loved it.
We came home yesterday and we all ready for bed early. It was a great weekend away but I wish we’d actually taken family photos.