road trip day 3: brilliant green welcome mat

cat tails in Iowa

Oh, we stayed in the nicest hotel in Lincoln last night. Very soft beds and pillows and an amazing breakfast spread. The kids swam and we sat on the side watching and laughing at their antics as they tried to do multiple back somersaults in the water. Seriously, it was funny stuff.

We always love Iowa. It is green and loaded with gentle hills. If there is such thing as a welcoming state, it is Iowa. Nice people. Nice scenery. I snapped the top shot just over the border when we pulled over on a lonely off ramp to change drivers. These cat tails were waving in the wind and guiding us in.

Geo and "Squeezy" eating Mexican in Ankeny, Iowa

A great dinner and visit with Erin ( and her family. See yesterday's post for a link to her blog. I am posting from my iPad on the road, and coding for a link is not too easy here. They were smart and cute and almost exactly like I thought they would be. I am so thankful for blogging and the many friends I have made across the country. Really, it amazes me.

Tomorrow on to Chicago for three days with one of my dearest friends.


Luann | June 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Aww, Little Squeezy is about as cute as they come.

Could you do me a favor while you are there? Look to your right and wave to Kansas for me, then look to your left and wave to Wisconsin. Thanks. :)

lesa | June 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I love your welcome mat picture. Keep enjoying your trip!

Anonymous | June 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Aw, it's too bad you can't see the mouth full of half-eaten quesadilla . . . :)

It was so good to get to meet you and your family! :)

Joanie | June 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Love those cat tails. Such a beautiful picture. Looks like you guys are having way too much fun.

Rachel Cotterill | June 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

That sounds great! I, too, am constantly surprised and delighted by the great friends I make through blogging :)

Connie | June 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Thanks for taking us along on your trip.

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | June 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM

It sounds like you are having such a great time. Cool to get together with friends.

Melanie Jacobson | June 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM

There is something so wonderful and itchy and lazy and ripe about summer road trips. Enjoy!

gigi | June 29, 2011 at 6:14 AM

Again, cute picture! Enjoy your trip together as a family.

Bri... only she | June 29, 2011 at 5:57 PM

so cool that you get to go visit your blogging friends! ;) Looks like a great, relaxing trip! Keep having fun!