We had a wonderful time in LeClaire. The kids had a blast with their cousins! The Baileys were also staying with the Turpins while we were there. We went out to Happy Joe's for dinner. It is right on the Mississippi River.
The Mississippi River is a lot bigger and prettier than I thought it would be. We tried to get some shots of it for Becca. We read Tom Sawyer during her literature course this past year, so we tried to imagine life on one of those tiny islands in the middle of the powerful Mississippi.
We all went to church with the Turpins. They attend church in Illinois!! (One more state for Sammi!) They meet in the same building that Angie (Jason's sister) was baptized in 25 years ago!
Ed and Linda (Ed is Gary's cousin; Greg's Mom and Dad) came for lunch. It was Linda's birthday!
The kids saw lightening bugs for the first time - that was so fun! We don't see lightening bugs in Houston. Night pictures are not so great. :( The second picture, though, is fun. Sammi had caught one and brought it up to show us. I clicked the picture just as it got away!
They played horsey and camel with Uncle Rich. The cousins played hide and go seek and store.
We watched The Testaments - fabulous! I had never seen it. The adults played "May I", a card game played with Rook cards that Sandi's Dad invented. In case you were wondering, Gary won.
Jason, Gary, Joy, and I drove around Bettendorf looking at where they lived and the schools they went to. It was a fun trip down memory lane for Jason and Gary. Joy slept through the whole thing!
The first house they lived in.
The second house they lived in.
Bettendorf Middle School
Bettendorf High School
We had a wonderful visit - very happy memories!