Road trippin’

One thing I have really loved about this summer is that we have gotten to take several long weekend trips.  With little kids, big vacays are not always possible for us, but have found that the long weekend works quite well.  We went to Chicago for my 30th, kayaking for our anniversary, and we spent this past weekend in Omaha/Council Bluffs/Lincoln with some family of mine.

Jeremiah and G have spent the last few days working on the much awaited treehouse (AKA the guest house, the way-too-big-house-on-stilts, and you-are-spending-way-too-much-money-on-that-treehouse, as I call it).  Jeremiah feels that a house 8 foot in the air measuring 8 by 10 feet with a 4 foot deck is absolutely appropriate.  He’s trying to talk me into putting a murphy bed in there, complete with real size doors and windows, insulation and electricity.  So far I’ve talked him out of all of that nonsense.   He thinks it can double as a guest bedroom someday. I think there will just be a lot of sweaty neighbor kids in there in the meantime.In the works!

In the works!

So, back to our trip.

We left Friday and headed to Council Bluffs, about a 4 hour drive. All 3 kids did sleep at one time, added bonus, and no trip is complete without ice cream.  We did have a potty accident, and all electronics were not working. Whoops. I think it’s good for kids to have to be bored sometimes anyways.

SCORE!

SCORE!

Saturday we ventured to the University of Nebraska’s Morrill Hall at Lincoln and saw a ton of cool natural history. Kids loved it.

 

Favorite picture of the weekend!

Favorite picture of the weekend!

We ate at a fantastic restaurant called Valentino’s and then drove through a safari park.  That was the COOLEST! It felt eerily like Jurassic Park, which was helped by all the kids humming the theme song from the backseat……. but no dinosaurs mauled our car, thank goodness.  We drove through elk, bison, crane, white tailed deer, turkey and other habitats. At times the animals were just feet from our car.  SO cool! We had 8 people in the car and it was a ton of fun.

Elk!

Elk!

Bison!

Bison!

We had dinner that night with family.

L and A enjoy the giant whirpool tub

L and A enjoy the giant whirpool tub. Yes, L is almost cross eyed without glasses!

Sunday we had more family time and headed out. We love spending time with our Council Bluffs cousins!!!!  On our way back, we decided to drive to a few of the covered bridges of Madison county, as none of us have ever seen them, even though we are native Iowans.  They are so neat!

Rosemond bridge

Rosemond bridge

Inside of the bridge. Built over 120 years ago

Inside of the bridge. Built over 120 years ago

We stopped to see Aunt Mel, and then made it home in time for a company picnic for my employer. There was a bounce house, ice cream cake and 3 tired kiddos! Successful weekend.

Hoping to get another trip or 2 in before it gets too cold!

Have a great week!

-The {road trippin’} Costellos

 

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