Monday, August 16, 2010

we ate corn, of course


We’ve been in Iowa for much of the past week. My mother-in-law lives in the middle of a soybean field this year (usually it’s corn). Peace and quiet rule the day and we made our own fun without a swimming pool or internet connection behind her house where we parked our rental RV.

We cooked some…



Played some games…



Kept cool with her garden hose…



And tried to take pictures of children in mid-air.




The weather was sultry and sometimes stormy, but we stayed cozy (sweaty) in a camper. The boys loved the adventure and having their “neighbor” (Grandma) over for coffee in the morning. Cousins, aunts and uncles visited every day and we ate all the bags of snacks I packed. Mr. G discovered he loves Tahitian Treat soda and broke his first wiffle ball. Mr. B and Mr. T learned how to play Shut The Box and War with their favorite cousin. I read an Elvis biography, listened to the cicadas and swatted at flies, which are abundant in Iowa the way mosquitoes are in Wisconsin, but not as awful since they don’t bite.


I'm convinced that owning a travel trailer would be pretty darn awesome.

16 comments:

  1. It sounds like a lovely getaway.

    I definitely plan on an RV in my golden years.

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  2. Sounds like a great trip!

    Did you eat the corn raw from the field? We used to love doing that on our grandmother summer holidays. We played War too, but I've never heard of Shut the Box! Must look up for future holiday entertainment...

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  3. ...I love those anti-gravity photos!!! and: poor little Priscilla..! basically sold into marriage to Elvis as a CHILD by her questionably motivated parents! scandal! *hahaha!
    * ; )

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  4. You are seriously a genius!!! I never would have thought of Renting an rv to visit relatives---all the close fam time, but you still have your own space too (it works for both sides too...not that 3 boys being boys would ever disturb anyone!).

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  5. Wow, what a great idea of renting the RV. What a fun time to have your own space and still enjoy family.

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  6. Sounds like the whole family had fun!

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  7. That sounds perfect!!!! Glad you are having such a wonderful time. :)

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  8. My husband would love to own an RV. I'm not ready to commit to that, but would be interested in renting one for an extended road trip.

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  9. Renting an RV is a great idea. Then you have your own space and aren't putting my MIL out, and aren't miles away at a hotel.

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  10. Renting, maybe; owning, no thank you. My in-laws had an RV for a couple of years and it was seriously more trouble than it was worth. Gas guzzling, parking from the devil, insurance hog. You can keep it. That being said, it sounds like you had a wonderful time. My husband has cousins who farm in Iowa and I have very nice memories of visiting them. It is so quiet there.

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  11. Camping in a trailer is the only way I'd rough it. Actually, a hotel room with shops attached and spa and room service would be my style....

    Looks and sounds like fun! The whole relaxing thing with the relatives and taking it easy.... that sounds nice. =)

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  12. Sounds like fun!!! It also sounds a lot like what my family used to do every summer for vacation. Except we had a small camper on the back of the pickup truck and my parents slept in it and us three girls slept in a tent. And we ate corn EVERY day-cause we would be in Iowa visiting family. The corn in Iowa tastes better than any corn you can get anywhere else in the world.

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  13. We did the camper thing for a recent family reunion. Wonderful until the waste water tanks got full and we had to share the single bathroom (what I was trying to avoid in the first place) in the in-laws house with 25 other people for the last three days. Then there was the 60-mile round trip to Wal-Mart at 10pm on Saturday night because there was only 1 roll of TP left and no way was it going to last 24 hours with 25 people in that single bathroom.

    That aside, it was a wonderful visit, full of fun with family we hadn't seen in a while, much like yours.

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  14. My grandparents had a camper, and one summer they loaded it up with me and a cousin to visit the wide open road and a campground or two along the way. Thanks for bringing back the memories of big fun in a small space.

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  15. Owning a trailer - oh, so tempting! We've explored the idea of renting an RV, but it's just the two of us or two plus one grown child. It's not quite as worthwhile as it would be for a family with young ones.

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  16. That trailer looks jam-packed with boys! Glad you enjoyed it!

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