After our couple nights in Seattle the girls and I made our way to Lincoln, Nebraska a.k.a Matt’s home town, to hang out with my in-laws/the girls Grandparents.
The two flights were uneventful, apart from the fact that poor Eden on BOTH flights had to sit by herself in different rows, she wasn’t overly thrilled probably because she knew it meant she wouldn’t get any movie watching in on the iPad, regardless she handled it like a champ.
We didn’t arrive ‘home’ until close to midnight so there wasn’t a whole lot of catching up that night as we were all tired, still a little jet-lagged and more than ready for a good nights sleep.
The next morning however, and all the days to follow, we got in lots of family time. Mainly Eden who simply adores her Grandparents and pretty much wanted to follow Grandpa around everywhere he went.
The girls just loved being outside in the garden, maybe because living on the 9th floor we don’t get to hang outside when we are home, but more than likely it was because of the flowers that were starting to bloom all over the place (and that Grandpa let them pick them).
We were lucky enough to be able to spend time at all of Matt’s sisters places also but for now here is a little glimpse of how our time in Lincoln was spent…
Lots of hanging out in the garden and even getting to pot some plants with Grandpa (and Grandma too but I wasn’t around when that happened….so no photos!)
A trip to the local play park where we all got a kick out of Grandpa being the biggest kid of us all.
Lots of bubble blowing; this was Clio’s first time really learning how to blow bubbles, so much fun to watch.
We visited Ak-Sar-Ben (Nebraska backwards!) which is an outdoor education centre that includes a small aquarium and natural history classroom. After checking out what was offer indoors we headed outside to feed the fish.
Eden got to help Grandma with some cooking and learnt how to cross stitch, we have been slowly working on at home too.
A trip to the UNL Dairy Store; a childhood favorite of Matt’s, with some cousins & Aunt Carrie!
As well as a trip to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, just one of the 3 zoo’s we were lucky enough to visit while Stateside.
Of course there were many many more moments I just didn’t capture them on camera; like the night Clio went to bed without a fight AND on-time only for me to wake her (& Eden) up a couple hours later because of a tornado warning…our fist ever!
We loved our time with Matt’s parents, in fact when we left Nebraska at the end of our 5 week adventure, to head to California, Eden was so distraught at the airport because she missed her Grandparents SO much already; I had to spend a good 10 minutes consoling her.
Luckily we don’t have to wait too long to see them next as they will be heading out to see us in Okinawa early next year.