We just finished up a very nice two-week stay back home in the Quad Cities. The last time we were home was in August, so it was time to take a break from the traveling and visit with friends and family.
Our first stop was my older sister, Nicole’s, house in Sugar Grove, IL. We went there for Memorial Day weekend. My mom and dad came up from Tennessee, so we had most of the family together. The highlight of the weekend was a trip to the Adler Planetarium. The exhibits were neat, but the best part of any planetarium visit is the star shows!
After our stay with Nicole we drove back to the Quad Cities and stayed with our friends, the Putnam’s. They have two boys, Jayden and Josiah, and our kids love playing with them. They bring a different kind of energy and rough housing that Sophie and Sawyer love!
One of the fun things we did was an adults only trip to Six Flags Great America. Amusement parks with kids are fun, but they obviously dictate what rides are going to be ridden. It was nice to be able to enjoy mostly coasters instead of kiddie rides!
The rest of our time at the Putnam’s was filled with lots of baseball games, playing outside, and late night board games.
We stayed with the Putnam’s for one week and then went to visit the Daniel family for a week. Sophia and Sawyer were looking forward to playing with Avery and Reese.
Brett and Megan recently moved into a new house in Coal Valley, so it was great to finally see it. They live near a park, so we enjoyed a lot of time playing tennis and letting the kids run around. Some more family friends, the Munjoy’s, even came and spent one day with us.
The Daniel’s hosted a great cookout on our last day of the visit. They invited a lot of Quad City friends and family and we enjoyed lots of food and games. After a busy two weeks of trying to pack in as much as we can, it was very nice to end the week with a relaxing day hanging out with friends.
By far the biggest negative of traveling is missing friends and family. These little mini-vacations at home are a must. I am sad that the time has come and gone, but we had a great time. I wanted to give a special thanks to the Putnam and Daniel families for welcoming us into their home for a week. Anybody who puts up with the craziness of the Kelley’s should be commended!
Up next is a two day drive East. We made it as far as Erie, PA on the first day. Tomorrow we will finish off the drive to Boston. We are going to spend a quick couple of days at Beth’s parents, then we are headed to our summer camp in Connecticut. We are very excited for camp to begin. It should be quite a summer!