Friday, August 31, 2012

Des Moines

After leaving Cleveland, we drove to Des Moines, IA to spend some time with Tearsa, Ben and Family.  We arrived on Tuesday and on Thursday little Daxton G Coombs was born.  He’s a beautiful baby and Cole and Elise love their new baby brother. 

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We did manage to get a baseball game in before the baby was born.  Ben and Tearsa gave Rod tickets to the Iowa Cubs game for his birthday.  It was a fun time.      100_1571      100_1577

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Ben had to leave the day after the baby was born for six weeks of rotations, so Rod and  I got to spend lots of time with Coleson and Elise while Tearsa took good care of Daxton. 

One day we took Cole to his T-ball game and then we went to the Sweet Corn Festival.  Tons of Iowa sweet corn is shucked and cooked by volunteers and served free to those attending the festival.  We got to watch the parade, Cole and Ellie got to tour an ambulance and then Cole got to spray a can with a fire hose.

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We did a day at the Zoo and had loads of fun.  We rode the train and saw all the animals.

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Another day we went bowling.  Cole and Ellie used the ramp for the ball and the bumpers on the lane and did great.  Ellie danced her way to and from the ball.  Cole had to finish GG’s turns.  Grandpa, of course, beat us all soundly. 

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We were there for the Iowa State Fair.  It’s supposedly the best fair in the country.  We saw the cow sculptured out of butter and Grandpa pretended to be a farmer. 

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We were there for Cole’s first day of school.  We got to go to the school with him a few days before to meet his teacher, Mrs. Rogers, and see his classroom.  The first day of school he met the bus with all his friends in the neighborhood.  It was a neighborhood happening.  I can’t believe Cole is old enough to go to school.

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We had a fun 10 days in Des Moines.  It was hard to leave but glad to be heading home.

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