Next to arrive was the Gram Christmas box!
You can’t really tell from the picture, but TJ was quite pleased with his gift.
Ah, the joys of trying to pin a teenager down to get a picture when it’s one of his parents trying to take said picture.
I think the box included some suckers which was why Superman and TJ have one on these pictures. Superman was very happy with the box of fidget spinners. A couple even glow in the dark I think!
Once they were free of the suckers Redflare got all the happy younglings on the couch for a pose though.
They greatly appreciated everything.
Behind the painting wall was a rubber band art board that Little Miss helped Thunderer with.
Some kind of lego-like building where Superman spent some very concentration heavy time.
Ultimatly creating this.
Speaking of building, there was also an area with real tools for the kids to interact with.
TJ found a clear spot to do some hammering.
There was a hand crank drill.
And then Newbie found the hammer station and tried her hand at it.
There was a wood sawing area too, so after some setup…
The teens raced through a pair of pieces.
With grandparents in two it was time to scout out the children’s museum after the dance recital.
Thunderer was immediately attracted to the sand activity area.
Newbie sampled the ice fishing activity.
There was a large treehouse area that was really neat. A giant maze really.
Superman found a cozy seat at the base that he enjoyed ‘hanging out’ in.
Though soon he was headed up into the treehouse itself.
We got tons of pictures from this place. Even a rare shot of TJ hanging out in the tree house!
There were conveniently placed stairs in the center, highlighting all of the native trees, for adult sized people to go up and help keep an eye on their younglings.
Time for another dance recital for Little Miss!
This time, because Mom and Pops came up for it, we all managed to go.
Some of them more patiently than others.
We even managed to “corner” Little Miss for a picture afterward.
I’m not quite sure on the backstory of these pictures, but it’s clear the kids got hold of the camera for a good group shot…
And TJ practiced some rare selfies!
They are getting too big too fast.
Can’t catch up to Christmas pictures itself without the obligatory picture with Santa hosted at the local fire department!
Meanwhile, on the walk back, TJ found an icilcle and decieded to weild it, ready for action.
Sunday morning of this fast Iowa trip came far too soon.
We were sure to first burn off some energy at the playground at the elmentary right down the hill.
And try out the slingshot helicoptors that Mom and Pops had gotten for them…
We’ll admire the geese…
And then gather up for a group shot because it’s time to go.
The trip home was fortunately a lot less stressful than the trip South. We felt a bit robbed by the van breaking down, but we made the best out of the hiccup that we could.
Still a little wary of trying the trip again thanks to the van’s performance, but we’ll see.