Halloween weekend we made the not so long trip to Des Moines, Iowa to visit Andrea, Karl, Leland, and Kaden. It was not so long because we got to fly! The flight was only two hours, much better than the 12 hour drive we normally take. Ava and Max did great on the flight. Going through security was another story. Ava freaked out and threw a huge fit the whole way through. There were all kinds of people trying to help us get all of our stuff through. When we finally made it, I took Ava to the bathroom. She kept saying, "Ow Mama, I don't want a shot!". Apparently something about going through security made her think she was going to get a shot and she was not into that. Once I explained to her that she wasn't going to get a shot, she was just fine. She did worry about her car all weekend long though. She kept telling me that she didn't want Jake to take her car, she wanted her car back. When we got back to Dallas, Jake picked us up in our car and she was overjoyed!
Ava dressed up as The Cat in the Hat. Minus the hat. She wouldn't wear it, but she did use it to collect her candy.
Max was a lobster
We took the kids trick-or-treating at Living History Farms. They have an 1800's town set up so the kids went trick-or-treating through the old town. They had a great time and got tons of candy.
The next day we went to some farm in Iowa with lots of corn. I know that narrows it down quite a bit. There was a cornfield maze that we trekked all the way through. Ava and Kaden enjoyed picking up the corn cobs and pulling all the corn out.
Children of the Corn
Micah, Ava, and Max rode the go-karts.
Trick-or-treating Midwest style. In Des Moines, everyone goes trick-or-treating the day before Halloween. And instead of saying "trick-or-treat", you have to tell the people a joke to get candy. Since we had been trick-or-treating the night before at Living History Farms, we decided to stay home and hand out candy. And watch the Rangers in the World Series. Micah, Andrea, Kaden, and Ava did a great job handing out treats.
Max and Leland had lots of fun bouncing
On Monday we went to the Des Moines Science Center. This was lots of fun for all of us. Ava and Micah built rockets, dropped eggs from huge heights, and we built a Catenary Arch.
We had a great trip and were glad that Andrea and Karl let us invade their home. I was glad Mary made coffee every morning. Ava and Max were glad that we got miles from Grammy and Papa Jack to fly instead so they didn't have to sit in a car seat for 12 hours. And Ava was really glad that Uncle Jake brought her back her car.