Iowa Vacation For Kids ~ Part 1

Last month my cousin got married over in Iowa, where they live. We decided that it would be fun to go since we haven’t brought all the kids for a long trip since Ethan was little so we decided to take a fun Iowa Vacation for kids. To where we needed to go it was a 6 hour drive, and with the fact that Gabe doesn’t do so good on 3o minute car rides I was worried as to how things would go bringing 8 people in the car for 6 hours.

I brought many things for the kids to do to keep them busy in the car and it ended up being a pretty good car ride. We did stop at a part about 1 1/2 hours from our destination to have a picnic lunch and to let the kids get out and stretch which was about perfect because the 2 little boys needed to get out by the time they had been sitting in the car for  4 1/2 hours.

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Serena decided to sleep on the car ride.

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The park we stopped at in Illinois for the boys to get their energy out.

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There was a field with a few very large wind turbines.

Along the drive we drove through a query which was very cool, something none of us had ever seen.

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look how small the trucks are off in the distance.


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 Right before we got into Iowa we passed over the Mississippi River on a huge bridge. Very cool for the kids to see the Mississippi River.

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Finally arrived in Iowa.

After we arrived we got settled in and got ready for to head out to the reception. Getting 6 kids ready sure can take some time, here are all the kids dressed up and ready to head out. Boy are my 2 oldest kids getting so much older!

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Serena
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Dustin
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Cody


 

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Anthony
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Ethan

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This was one of the most beautiful wedding recpetions I have ever seen, everyone was saying it was something out of a fairy tale. Here is the room all set up before people filled it in.

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The room all set up before everyone filled the room, just beautiful!!
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A look at the celling of the room!
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They had rock candy at the tables for everyone, the kids loved it!


 

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They had a photo booth for everyone to enjoy! Here is Gabe getting dressed up and ready for pictures!

 

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The napkins on the table can have many uses, including a hat!!

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Here are the beautiful pink cake pops!
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The beautiful blue cake pops and cupcakes!
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Here are the beautiful cakes, the rose cake had each flower made with frosting they were just beautiful and all different flavors!


Little did we know that Gabe and Ethan could really dance! It was so cute to see them both dancing on the dance floor with everyone.

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Sliding across the dance floor on their knees became a favorite thing!

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They had a whole area set up for the kids to be able to play with which really came in handy!!
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