more from the midwest
After waiting all his life, Kaden finally got to visit Waukon’s famous rocket ship park! Both of the kids greatly enjoyed themselves. Clarissa and I noticed how this park was way more fun than our parks in Florida, and way less child-proof.
I have so many nice memories of my Grandpa taking us to this park & playing with my brother and sisters & me, it was so fun to bring my kids here where we used to play, and my parents & their siblings played as children too.
In the afternoon we got to visit my (great) Aunt Joyce’s house & garden. The kids helped dig up potatoes, pick carrots, and ate some “ground cherries”. They were very impressed with it all.It was so fun to be in my great-grandparents’ old house, where my Grandpa and his siblings grew up, just knowing how many stories and memories happened in that place.We heard about how my Grandpa’s brother climbed this tree one morning long ago, & stayed up there for the rest of the day to keep from going to school.“Pretty Boy”.Strolling downtown Waukon.On our way up to the cities yesterday we made a return visit to the Rask farm. It feels like magic to be there. All the history, the generations of this branch of our family who lived there. I loved it.And we finished the evening visiting with some of our favorite friends.