Now that you have read about how we made it to America no doubt you are wondering what fun and games we got up to while we were visiting…where to start!
There were a few rounds of Old Maid played, Eden had a ball playing with her Grandparents, and despite Grandma always ending up with the Old Maid (Grandpa) Eden was full of giggles when she realized who was left with the unwanted card.
Grandpa not only took Eden shopping to buy her first fishing pole (she picked a pink barbie one) but also showed her how to cast out. This provided Eden with hours of entertainment as she moved on from casting the rubber fish that came with the pole, to tying her toys on the line and casting them over the bannister.
We managed to get in some cribbage in the evenings; Mr C seemed to win when we were playing individually but when playing in teams I am sure Mrs C & I cleaned up.
Eden got to go on a couple of coffee mornings with her Grandparents and their friends; when I asked her about it she would tell me how she enjoyed going for coffee with ‘her friends’.
Mr C took us to the Lincoln Children’s Museum, which had something for all ages and since we went midweek we virtually had the entire place to ourselves. Eden dressed up like a doctor, became a firefighter and a police officer, got her face painted (by Grandpa) and sort of put on a show. We probably spent a good couple of hours here and I think Eden could have kept going if it wasn’t for us adults! A must-do for children.
Basketball was the sport to watch during our stay; one night we took a ride up to Fremont to watch our niece/cousin play (and win) with her school team! Another occasion Mr C took Eden, niece/cousin N and myself to watch the UNL Womans basketball team play in the newly built arena. It was a fun experience although Eden seemed more taken with the cheerleaders and dance team than the actual game itself.
We were lucky that all 3 of Matt’s sisters managed to make time to stop by and see us as well as 6 of our 7 nieces & nephews (the 7th had prior commitments but we can’t wait to see him over summer and for him to meet Miss Clio!). We shopped, we ate out, we even managed a trip to the cinema.
One cold but sunny day we ventured to Pioneers Park Nature Centre; we started in the Prairie building which contained hands-on information activities, small animals (snakes & turtles), crafts for pre-schoolers before taking a trail to find the swinging bridge. Once we crossed it we had to turn around and come back as time was running out, but we did manage to fit in a family hop from shortest to tallest on the hopscotch we came across. Unfortunately, the day ended in tears for Eden, thankfully Aunt Chrissi saved the day, by showing Eden the inside of a locust seed pod!
Another day we ventured to Morrill Hall; the University of Nebraska State Museum, full of lots of amazing old things and a Science Discovery Centre perfect for some hands-on exploring. It really is a neat place and definitely someplace I would recommend people (of all ages) visit should they find themselves in Lincoln.
Of course we spent lots of time at home, reading books with Grandma, feeding Clio (who impressed all her relatives with her eating skills) playing games with Grandpa on his iPad and enjoying some delicious meals, a lot of which were Matt’s favorites growing up.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay, it was so nice for the girls to get to know their extended family that little bit more and I know Eden especially is super excited for our next visit.