8/28/12

Wild West Road Trip: Sioux Falls Park, South Dakota

You know that feeling you get when you spend hours upon hours in a car and you finally see the rest area sign?  Sometimes you want nothing more than to just get out of the car and walk around for a few minutes.  Even though rest areas are nice, we found the best place to stop, get out, walk around and enjoy nature.  Less than two miles off the interstate, we discovered Sioux Falls Park.  Beautiful!
It was like heaven opened up and lit the way for a gorgeous walk!

8/27/12

Wild West Road Trip: Iowa

And we're off! Our first family road trip together.  We have driven all day before to get to family, but never day after day after day for a family vacation because we usually fly to our destination.  We started off our day at the German American Heritage Center, which is located in Davonport, Iowa.  You know I love my history and especially family history.  Most of mine traces back to Germany.  I was pleasantly surprised with this little museum.  There was lots of interesting information on German immigrants.  My favorite thing was the videos of German immigrants (portrayed by actors) and their true stories of what life was like for them as they came to America.  I had to watch them all! We took the German experience all the way and finished with dinner at Bier Stube bar and grill.  I meant to take pictures, but I was so excited to eat when the food came, that I forgot! But it was a great place for German food.  You'll have to trust me on that one.  


8/18/12

Any day can feel like vacation...

The city park that was the backdrop for our walk
Today was another great Saturday in my life.  It started like all my Saturdays do, with a family Bible study.  This is one of my favorite family activities.  Great discussions and learning moments are had by all of us.  Then the day just took off from there.  My husband and I took a long walk in a local park.  We saw lots of pretty birds & cloud formations. Then we grabbed the kids for what we call linner (that's lunch and dinner combined into one big meal) at one of my favorite places to eat.  And we topped it all off with Andy's frozen custard.  As I was sitting outside in the sun eating my chocolate custard with peanut butter cups on top, I told my husband that today felt like being on vacation.  Sometimes you have to make those days happen even in the middle of the chaos.  You can escape right in your own backyard if you want to. :)

Where do you like to escape to for the day? 
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