Two Weeks in Lincoln, Nebraska

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.

Clio showing Grandpa her rock collection (which she brought home)

Clio showing Grandpa her rock collection (which she brought home)

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.

another play park (at Ak-Sar-Ben)

another play park (at Ak-Sar-Ben)

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.

checking out the garden with Aunt C & cousin N!

checking out the garden with Aunt C & cousin N!

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 loved being outside

the girls loved being outside

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).

Grandma teaching Eden how to cross stitch

Grandma teaching Eden how to cross stitch

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…

planting flowers with Grandpa

planting flowers with Grandpa

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!)

at the play park

at the play park

A trip to the local play park where we all got a kick out of Grandpa being the biggest kid of us all.

love this little person!

love this little person!

Lots of bubble blowing; this was Clio’s first time really learning how to blow bubbles, so much fun to watch.

Ak-Sar-Ben

Ak-Sar-Ben

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.

Ak-Sar-Ben

Ak-Sar-Ben

Eden got to help Grandma with some cooking and learnt how to cross stitch, we have been slowly working on at home too.

Eden loved being in the kitchen

Eden loved being in the kitchen

A trip to the UNL Dairy Store; a childhood favorite of Matt’s, with some cousins & Aunt Carrie!

UNL Dairy Store

UNL Dairy Store

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.

Lincoln Children's Zoo

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

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!

after our ice-creams at the Dairy Store, we explored the grounds a little

after our ice-creams at the Dairy Store, we explored the grounds a little

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.

so adorable! Clio had a soft spot for cousin N!

so adorable! Clio had a soft spot for cousin N!

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.

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10 responses to “Two Weeks in Lincoln, Nebraska

  1. You all didn’t get to sit together? Stupid airlines. They always put the 3 of us in completely different rows. Like scattered across the place. I’ve always asked to have seating rearranged so we are together. Sometimes they do it for me and sometimes I have to do it myself. There’s been a few times when my oldest was in the row ahead or behind, but I don’t like them being that far away. It’s just weird.

    • As long as I can see Eden and able to hand her stuff I am ok with it, its not ideal for sure, but thankfully Eden usually just sleeps on flights anyway, and has been lucky enough to have a lot of flying experience that unless she is really tired she is ok about it. They did have Clio sitting in a completely different row/seat at one point but I got that one changed, I don’t think the people sitting next to her would have appreciated having a 2 year old there by herself!

  2. Oh poor Eden! You weren’t able to change the seats? We had that when I went home to GA, They kept putting our son all by himself! I made them change it because there was no way I was going to sit by myself with him or him sit with a stranger.

    • One flight we didn’t change our seats and the other flight someone switched seats with Clio & I to put us closer, which was nice! I did have to laugh on one flight though when they put all 3 of us in different rows/seats so weren’t close at all, I did manage to get them to put Clio next to me – I mean who really wants a 2 year old sitting by themselves!

  3. I remember walking and holding Eden’s hand the first time as we walked to her play school in the UK. She was not so happy, so when Clio approached and took my hand for the first time at the park, it felt like real progress. So great and special to have this time with you three. Just back today from Canada fishing trip.

    • hahaha I remember that walk with Eden to preschool too, so funny! Look how far she has come now though & I am sure Clio will be there in no time at all too!

  4. What a fun two weeks!! Love the pictures of the girls gardening, cooking and especially the ones of Clio with her Santa Hat! 😉

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