Monday, August 2, 2010


On our way home from Cambridge we spent a day in Spencer, Iowa with my grandparents. It's been too long since we were able to see them-- they'd never meet Ethan in person-- so it was really nice to have the chance to visit.

They took us to see Lake Okoboji and the kids had a blast playing in the sand and water.

I even got to save Ethan from drowning at least twice. If he's this fearless at less than 2 years old, should I be concerned for when he's a teenager?

Grandpa took Ellie for a ride on his "Jazzy". She loved it, and Ethan acted like he wanted a ride but chickened out at the last second.

My aunt Judy and her granddaughter, Joy joined us for dinner and some more sightseeing.

We hardly saw Ellie all afternoon/evening since she and Joy hit it off so well. They rode together in different cars when we went from place to place. Grandma and Grandpa took us to see several of my ancestors' graves, and Ellie and Joy had a grand time looking at all the different headstones and wandering the cemeteries together.

This headstone is hard to read, but it is the original spelling of my maiden name: Kindelsperyer. No wonder my high school friends just stuck with "Glockenspiel"!

We visited the park where my great-great grandpa's homestead was on the Little Sioux river.

Grandma and Grandpa have 4 dogs, and Ethan loved to go outside and see them. He liked Bitsy the best because she was the only one who would hold still and let him pet her.

Aunt Nancy and my cousin Aaron joined us for the evening as well. We finished of the day with an impromptu concert from Ellie. She insisted on playing nearly every song she knows on the violin and we thank everyone for being so patient.

We loved every minute of the time we spent in Spencer. Hopefully we can make it back during the Clay County Fair sometime soon. My grandparents are award-winning canners, and we'd love to see them in action.

We love you!

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