This year was the fifth year that we have spent 2 weeks in Galena at my mom's house. It started when Sierra was just 3 years old and Jason was going to be out in Montana for several weeks working on classes for his Masters degree. Rather than hang out in Virginia, I took the opportunity to spend some time with my parents. We have now come to really appreciate the low key time away from home and the quality time the girls get with Grandma Ginger. I think she mostly likes having us around for a couple weeks, but we definitely introduce a level of chaos she isn't used to on a day to day basis.
My mom has FIVE (!) grandkids. Actually, now she has six, because my youngest sister had a baby a few weeks ago. And in February, she will have seven, but that's not the point of this post. You try and get five kids ranging in age from 1-10 to look at the camera and smile at the same time. Ha ha! This is the best I got.
We took a trip to the Mississippi Riverboat Museum. It's a Smithsonian museum right across the river in Dubuque, IA. Very cool.
Up close and personal with some river fishes.
The otters are so playful and fun to watch.
Girls on a boat.
Girls in a hut.
Girls riding animals.
Girls in a canoe.
Girls in a homemade sailboat.
While we were in town this time, the Dubuque County Fair was going on. This is a little fair, but still a lot of fun. I used to enjoy going when I was a kid.
Aurora was determined to see a pig at the fair. It was the one thing she kept requesting, over and over again. She wanted to see a pig at the fair.
Success! Glad we can make dreams come true!
Ponies are fun, too!
And tractors! It's not a country fair if there's not a photo with a tractor!
The big girls wend on the ferris wheel with daddy, and Aurora had some Grandma time.
During the two weeks we were in Galena, Sierra and Kaia had daily swimming lessons. They both did great and advanced to the next level when we come back next year!