After that little break, we went onto Fairmont. By the way, it took me a good 45 min. to figure out how to get out of DC and get back on the freeway. I kept missing my turns, but thank goodness for the iphone and the maps app. Otherwise, I would probably still be there. We got to Katy's at about 7:30 that night. It was quite a long day.
Our time with Katy was filled with lots of playing. Sydney and Xander had a very good time together, playing and mimicking each other. We made it to the WV zoo, which is literally in someones back yard. However, they did have an impressive selection of animals. Sydney got her first bee sting there and I'm happy to announce that she's not allergic to bees. I think the bee landed right on her nose and she swatted at it, thus getting a bee sting.
It was sad to leave them after only a few days, but the beautiful fall colors were a nice pick-me-up on our drive to Chicago. Once there, we took in the Chicago Marathon, which I'm proud to say, my uncle completed. What an accomplishment for all those people. We also went up to a pumpkin farm and did a corn maze, went on a tractor ride, and picked some pumpkins out, of course. My dad flew in the last day in Chicago to drive the rest of the way with me.
Onto Cedar Falls, IA to meet the Great-Grandparents...
|A welcome to DC surprise|
|Unfortunately the reflecting pool was under construction|
|It seemed interesting to be taking this picture the same day that John deployed, good reminder|
|Okay, so I actually did a drive by past the Capitol building, I was a little tired of walking|
|Playing with cousin Xander|
|Xander decided he needed help walking too|
|And I think he wanted to be a baby again|
|feeding the goats|
|Kind of a happy camper after the bee sting|
|Xander was really enjoying the chocolate cake|
|Fall colors in Pennsylvania|
|Go Uncle John|
|The crazy Kenyans leading the pack|
|Hanging with cousin Mary Faith|
|There he goes (green shirt)|
|Looking pretty good for running 26 miles|
|having a snack together|
|Crazy Horse, they still have a long way to go|
|Grandpa Dave, with Julie's kiddos|