The 8 Best Things About My 39 Hour Road Trip to Illinois

  1. 1.
    I had a blast bonding with my little niece this visit - we went on a walk, she admired my earrings & told me I was pretty! And I must have made an impression on her too - my mom texted me this morning and said that she'd been asking for me. So we facetimed a little while I was at work today. Miss the sweetie already.
  2. 2.
    Picnic at grandma's house
    My fun & awesome 93 year old grandma lives on the edge of this cornfield in a tiny town of 200. We took over a couple of buckets of KFC and hung out for a few hours on her deck. It was not nearly long enough but it was fabulous.
  3. 3.
    Five-year-olds playing flag football
    Went to Sam's last football game - adorable!
  4. 4.
    Hanging out at my brother's house
    We relaxed on the porch while the kids played
  5. 5.
    Knowing that mom was home safe from her "vacation" to Afghanistan
    Yeah that really happened - she lost a tooth and had to go to a Tajikistani dentist but other than that it was pretty uneventful
  6. 6.
    Catching up with my cousin
    Cindy & her daughter stopped by and had dinner with us...yummy beef stew!
  7. 7.
    Things hadn't really started up yet but it was a gorgeous day and it was interesting walking around. Plus I enjoyed a Shiner Bock.
  8. 8.
    Picking apples at my mom's house
    So glad that my dad planted those trees!