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    • Day 18

      Children are great, but exhausting

      June 7, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Today I woke up and ventured upstairs as I could hear 3 active children running around. I wandered upstairs and grabbed a bowl of lucky charms to eat with the kiddos. The kids were still a bit unsure of me but we went to the park and then I was a hit. I played basketball with Kai and Hudson, then we went back to the main park and I played many games with all the kids that were there. It was very fun. We came back and I sat with the older boys while they did some summer school work. They crushed it. We played some more indoor basketball, then soccer outside, pirates, golf. Hudson and I did a puzzle together #apprentice Then it was time to go to Kai's baseball game. I was requested to sit in the back between Kai and Hudson which was squishy but so nice that they wanted me too. At the game, we met with Stacy's parents which was nice to see them again. Hudson and I sat together on a chair and watched Kai play so well. He got the ball great and covered the field so well! We all sat and ate our PB&J's together which was fun. We headed back, Walker did a puzzle and the boys got ready for bed. Hudson and Walker wanted me to do bedtime which was such an honour!! Then we watched the NBA while Stacy made a cake because it's Hudson's birthday tomorrow.
      I honestly don't know how Stacy does it all, the kids are the best but never seem to get tired!!
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    • Day 21

      The children won the day

      June 10, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      This morning I woke up, grabbed a quick breakfast and I headed with Wells to the college where he coaches. It was orientation for 3 of his new players. The campus was beautiful, the town sits right across from a lake and felt like classic small town America. The building was very modern and it was filled with stalls, music and cheering everytime someone new walked in. I had forgotten the whole theatrics and sell of college, it just felt so over the top and I honestly was glad that this chapter in life is done. I met all of the new players, with mixed reviews. They all seem lovely but bless they don't have a clue about what they are in for. I met a lot of other faculty and coaches who were all lovely. What shocked me was that most of them were from Iowa and many had actually gone to the college themselves. Just small town vibes forever, which made me kinda sad. I met Emerson who is Wells new assistant this year, she seems really lovely and hopefully they work well together.
      I then came back home. Stacy and I wrangled the kids for the rest of the day. Today was the first day the kids have been fully rowdy, fighting, complaining, not following instructions so I tried to be as helpful as possible. Alora has finally come around to me and she will smile, let me hold her without crying now which is nice.
      After the younger 2 took a nap, we headed to the World's largest popcorn ball in the neighbouring city. It was pretty big and around 4000kg of popcorn, syrup and sugar. A very random thing in a random town. It was hilarious. We then went to the park and the boys played for a while. Then it was time for dinner and bed. I honestly don't know how Stacy does this when Wells is away, there's so much going on always and not having another adult around must drive her crazy. She did so well though.
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    • Day 24

      Last day with the fam 😪

      June 13, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Today I woke up and was not feeling the best. I stayed in bed a little longer and packed up my stuff. I finally emerged and watched some TV with the boys. We then played a collaborative game together which was nice, we won and the whole family got involved even Alora. I helped the boys with more school work after lunch. The task was making up a game outside which both Kai and Hudson loved, we ended up throwing rocks in the field! We then played noughts and crosses with rocks and sticks. The boys played on their tablets and requested I watch them which was sweet. Walker woke up from his nap and then we all played outside for one last time. The boys rode their bikes, played bubbles and Kai played some golf. Then it was time to say goodbye which was sad, the kiddos didn't want me to go, neither did the adults I think. We took some final photos together and then Wells and I headed to Des Moines. The trip was good, we caught up again, talked about the familys future plans. Now I'm hanging in a hotel room, prepping to go to Houston tomorrow!Read more

    • Day 73

      #Iowa - The state of Maisfeld

      September 8, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Auf dem Weg nach unten zu unserem nächsten Sitting-Job haben wir einen Zwischenstopp in Des Moines in Iowa gemacht. Wer die Stadt noch nicht gesehen hat, hat auf jeden Fall nichts verpasst. Das Highlight ist definitiv der wunderschönen Botanischen Garten.
      Falls es einen von euch, aus welchen Gründen auch immer, mal nach Iowa verschlagen sollte, geht auf jeden Fall in den Botanischen Garten. Ansonsten gibt es in Iowa viele Farmen und Acker. Und Maisfelder. So viele Maisfelder... Eine der Straßen, der wir 16 Meilen folgen sollten, war einfach ein Schotterweg! Natürlich zwischen Maisfeldern.
      In Iowa gibt es neben Maisfeldern auch die "Grotto of the Redemption", die größte von Menschenhand gebaute Grotte. 42 Jahre lang hat ein Mann mit wenigen Gehilfen Stein auf Stein gesetzt. Er hat dabei Steine aus der ganzen Welt verwendet. Auch wenn wir nicht religiös sind, haben wir ganz schön gestaunt. Und zumindest gab's mal was anderes als Maisfelder zu sehen.
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    • Day 26–29

      Iowa - auf dem Weg in die Hauptstadt

      September 22, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

      In der "Devonian Fossil Gorge" spazieren wir über den versteinerten Meeresboden aus dem Devon. Na ja, besonders spannend fanden wir es nicht 🤔🥴

      Auf den "Squire Point Trail Head " hatten wir uns gefreut. Uns wurde ein toller Wanderweg mit herrlichem Blick auf den See versprochen. Und es fing auch wunderschön an. Aber ungefähr zur Mitte der Wanderung öffnete der Himmel seine Schleusen und es regnete ohne Pause wie aus Eimern. Das fanden wir doch ziemlich ungemütlich. Jedenfalls waren wir heilfroh, als wir wieder unser Auto erreichten

      Als wir Des Moines, die Hauptstadt von Iowa erreichten, hatten wir die Schlechtwetter-Front hinter uns gelassen. Es war wieder trocken und sehr warm. Unser Stopp in einer Hauptstadt gilt wieder dem Kapitol. Es ist das einzige Kapitol mit 5 Kuppeln in den USA. Im angrenzenden riesigen Park wird überall der Toten vergangener Kriege gedacht. Wir haben dazu unsere eigene Meinung.

      Den Tag rundeten wir mit einem Essen in einem Panda Express ab.
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    • Day 27

      Reise durch Iowa

      September 23, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌩️ 21 °C

      Heute ist ein "Brücken" Tag. Nein, nicht ein Überbrückungstag, es geht um geschichtsträchtige reale und berühmte Brücken, die wir finden möchten.

      Die erste ist die "Holliwell Covered Bridge". Sie ist durch den Film “Die Brücken am Fluß” mit Meryl Streep und Clint Eastwood unsterblich geworden. 

      Die "Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge"  liegt gleich am Eingang des Stadtparks von Winterset. Durch den Stadtpark führt auch ein Rundweg, den man gut mit dem Auto befahren kann. An der Strecke steht auch der Clark Tower, der 1926, anlässlich des 80zigsten Geburtstags von Madison County errichtet wurde. 

      Die "Hogback Covered Bridge" liegt etwas außerhalb des Ortes. Sie ist Teil der Bridges Of Madison County Tour. Wir wollten noch das Café besuchen, das durch den Film berühmt wurde, und uns an den Tisch setzen, an dem Clint Eastwood und Merrill Streep saßen. Zu unserem Bedauern existierte dieses Café nicht mehr.

      Ein kleines Museum widmet sich in Winterset dem berühmtesten Sohn der Stadt, Marion Robert Morrison, besser bekannt als John Wayne. Dieser wurde in diesem unscheinbaren Haus am 26. Mai 1907 geboren. Wie kann jemand, der hier in diesem in Iowa versteckt gelegenen Dorf geboren wurde, eine solche Karriere machen und ein Weltstar werden?? Warum ist uns das eigentlich nicht gelungen?? Die 20 Dollar Eintritt pro Person haben wir im übrigen nicht bezahlt. Das war uns ein Filmchen und ein paar Kleidungsstücke doch nicht wert.

      Schließlich kommen wir noch zur "Lincoln Highway Bridge". Dies ist ein schöner kurzer Zwischenstopp, wenn man schon mal hier ist. 

      Kurz vor Ankunft in unserer Bleibe fanden wir wider Erwarten doch noch einen schönen Picknickplatz, an dem wir den Tag ausklingen ließen.🍪🥮

      Wir fahren momentan ca. 1000 km in 3 Tagen. Und dann sind die Höhepunkte einige Brücken? Hätten wir vor knapp 25 Jahren unsere hiesigen Reisen in Iowa begonnen, wären wir sicherlich nie wieder in die USA zurückgekehrt. Dieser Staat ist kein Touristenmagnet, er ist einfach nur langweilig. Was er zu bieten hat? Mais, Mais und nochmals Mais. Morgen ist unser letzter Tag in Iowa. Gibt es vielleicht noch ein Wunder, damit wir unsere Meinung noch ändern? Warten wir's ab🤔🥴
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    • Day 28–35

      Von Iowa nach Wisconsin

      September 24, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Wir kommen nach draußen und fühlen sofort die frische Luft. Regen ist nicht mehr in Sicht, die Wetteraussichten für heute sind hervorragend. Und außerdem wollen wir heute Wisconsin erreichen. Wir setzen uns gutgelaunt ins Auto und fahren los. Zunächst geht es aber noch etwa 100 Meilen durch Maisfelder. Wir hören während der Fahrt einen Podcast und Ruckzuck haben wir unser erstes Ziel erreicht.

      Der "Horseshoe Bluff Trail " ist ein Naturwunder, das man gesehen haben muss. Die dramatischen Felsformationen und atemberaubenden Ausblicke auf den Mississippi sorgen für ein unvergessliches Erlebnis.

      Nicht weit entfernt besuchen wir das Julien Dubuque Monument. Julien Dubuque war der erste bekannte weiße Siedler in dieser Gegend. Er wurde auch hier bestattet. Der kurze Spaziergang lohnt sich wegen der tollen Aussicht!

      Um den "Eagle Point Park" erleben zu können, wird eine Eintrittsgebühr von nur 1,00 Dollar genommen. Wir genießen die kleinen Wanderungen hier. Von überall hat man beste Aussichten auch auf den Mississippi, der die natürliche Grenze zwischen Iowa und Wisconsin bildet. 👍👍

      Im letzten Augenblick hat Iowa also versucht, sich mit uns auszusöhnen. Na gut, wir sind nachsichtig. Aber wiederkommen werden wir trotzdem nicht 🥴

      Und dann überqueren wir den großen Mississippi und erreichen bei herbstlichem Sonnenschein Wisconsin. Die Blätter beginnen sich zu verfärben und die Vorfreude auf einen farbenfrohen Indian Summer verstärkt sich.🤔❤️
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    • Day 7

      Nebraska & Iowa

      September 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      There’s an old Bob Segar song with words like “on a long lonely highway east of Omaha”, we can see where he got his inspiration from, having just driven that way, then when we finally reached the city itself, all we can say about that is the main highlight was seeing the head office building of PayPal and that was pretty exciting.... come on, who can say they’ve seen that!
      But then we heard their head office is actually in San Jose, California so that was a let down, now we’ve no idea what the imposter PayPal building was all about.

      So then we drove around hoping to find more attractions like possibly Walmart’s almost head office building but without any luck, but then leaving the city and going into Iowa we crossed the Missouri River which is the border for the two states.

      We don’t know why they pretend to have stuff like international headquarters of various corporations or show a block of land with a lame horse and two chooks to keep it company and are claiming that, that is the spot that NASA almost purchased to launched their Apollo 12 space mission to the moon when they have a river like the Missouri running straight through the guts of the place.

      The Missouri River is impressive and it’s stuff like this along with the Grand Canyon, Sequoia Forests and the Great Lakes that really define this place, it gives Americans a good excuse for their ostentatiousness, arrogance and flag waving attitude, their country is spectacular, that’s why we keep coming back, just have to ignore the other side of that, all the damage and destruction, the crumbling parts of the country.

      We’re headed for the Mississippi and this will be a welcome sight because for three days and three states we have driven through nothing but corn fields.
      We’ve heard before of how much corn they grow here but you need to see it, your imagination can’t.

      We past a town called Kellogg probably named after old Mr Kellogg of corn flakes fame.
      You can just imagine years ago old Harvey sitting out on the stoop looking from horizon to horizon, from state to state, thinking s#*! what the hell we gunna do with all this here corn.

      So then Harvey stops whittling, gets outa his rocking chair and heads out into the barn.
      Mrs Kellogg doesn’t see him for three days and keeps yelling out “Harvey what’s y’all doing out in that there barn, y’all come and get some breakfast now ya hear!”
      Another three days go by and she yells out again”. Harvey don’t ya want no breakfast ?“. “no dear” says Harvey “I done make me own and eyes done a heap for y’all too”

      So finally Harvey comes in and they both sit down to a big bowl of Harvey’s concoction, take one mouthful and spit it out.
      “that tastes disgusting, what’re ya gonna do with it now?”
      “guess we’ll just add a ton of sugar, box it all purrdy like and sell it at the local store. The rest is history.

      (This history lesson sponsored by R&R’s “True Facts” It’s head office is in Omaha, Nebraska.)
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    • Day 19

      Hudsons 6th Birthday 🎈

      June 8, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Today I woke up and came upstairs to birthday excitement. We had decorated the main space with Batman decorations as Hudson wanted a Batman themed day. We ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast, then I played downstairs with the boys for a bit. Walker clung to me this morning, we danced in the kitchen which was lovely. We came back up in time for Grandma and Grandpa on Stacy's side to arrive. We had some snacks, then had a pinata, then Wells cooked some steak for lunch. We also played pass the parcel!!! This isn't an American game but the boys requested it after seeing it on Bluey which was so funny. The boys are so active, especially Kai. He is constantly asking to play basketball on the small hoop behind the door. Wells accidentally broke it today and there were tears. It was then time for presents, Hudson got a really cool Batcave and Bat mobile which he loved so much. The boys all got bubble guns of some sort too which we used in the afternoon. Hudson also got a big boy bike and it was so cool to watch him push himself ride it even though he was scared. We then played Mario kart and I crushed Kai, he was not happy. Wells then almost beat me too. I played a bunch of games with the boys to wind down the afternoon. Wells, Stacy and I squeezed a card game in as well. Then it was time for dinner and chill, we all watched a show and l am once again exhausted from a day with the kiddos!!Read more

    • Day 20

      Sioux City day trip

      June 9, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Today I woke up early, helped Stacy get the kiddos brekky and ready for a day out. We all piled in the car and headed to Sioux City. It was about a 90 minute drive, the boys watched a DVD in the car and poor Alora screamed for a solid 20 minutes. She eventually calmed down for the last part of the journey. We got out of the car and it was raining, which supposedly is a rarity here so I must have brought it from home and Colorado. We ran into Launchpad which is like an educational children's indoor play centre. Inside there were places to pretend to be police officers, bankers, builders, doctors, chefs, actors, farmers, shoppers and other activities around science and just having fun. All the adults rotated between the 3 boys which was hectic but fun. It was so nice watching the boys do things they initially weren't confident in, especially around climbing things at a height. We spent about 2 hours there, then went to eat Chinese food. I got orange chicken and the boys did so well at being patient and polite. We then stopped at Palmer's chocolate factory for some treats.
      The whole car, except wells and I fell asleep on the way home. When we got home, I played with the boys some more and we had pizza for dinner.
      Walker lay on the couch with me, which David and Stacy said is unusual for him. He clung to me like a koala which was so lovely. Now we are watching the NBA playoff game #letsgonuggs
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