Highlights of the Iowa trip:
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor (Le Mars, Iowa). Hot fudge sundae with coffee ice cream for me, pistachio ice cream for Maya, and huckleberry ice cream for my mom.
Plenty of time for chatting, shopping, and eating out at Iowa's Great Lakes.
Arnolds Park--small, fun amusement park on Lake Okoboji. Maya, my BIL Todd, niece Amanda, and nephew Garrett rode more than enough rides to justify their wrist bands.
Maya on the jet ski with my nephew, Garrett.
Relaxing on the pontoon boat.
Going to dinner at my nephew and his girlfriend's, Andrew and Paige, place (Milford, Iowa). Dogs!!!
Playing and flirting with my great-nephew, Sweet William.
Lunch at Hey, Good Cookies (Spirit Lake, Iowa) with just my two sisters.
Rodeo parade in my hometown (Cherokee, Iowa). Candy, candy--everywhere candy for the kids.
Coffee at the Copper Cup (Cherokee).
Celebrating my brother-in-law's parents' sixtieth wedding anniversary.
Birthday cake for Maya at my sister's house.
Having Maya and my nieces and nephews all together for the first time since March 2009. I appreciate every minute with my nieces, Amanda and Liz, and nephews, Andrew and Garrett.