It felt really good to head West. It's been a long, long time since I was that far West--several years. Made me wish we could just keep on going and visit family "out West", but alas . . .that was not an option.
We stopped part of the way there for a picnic supper. After we were done eating and heading back to the car, what did Chad spy?!
Yes, a hatching cicada! He was so excited! He watched until it was almost completely out of the shell. He cheerfully exclaimed, "This is the best thing God did for me all day!"
His sisters watched too.
All too soon, the cicada was about out and we needed to leave.
We settled down for a night's sleep, and the next morning enjoyed a great breakfast of sausage, eggs, fruit and waffles at the hotel. There was also piping hot oatmeal that you could add toppings to and though I'm not a big oatmeal fan, I really enjoyed eating some that morning, thanks to the thinly sliced almonds, and dried fruit topping for it.
After we packed up and rolled out of the hotel, we had about 45 minutes to kill before it was time to go to the reunion. We found a nearby Barnes and Noble and walked in just as they were announcing that they were doing Saturday Story Time! So that worked out great!
It was so awesome as we rolled up to the J and F Reunion to see our dear Kayla who was one of Katya's STM's at the reunion. It set the tone for a great 4 hours. ;-) And it was a nice change of pace for our family to be able to relax a little and let Kayla do the Katya-chasing for a bit.
Face painting was a hit. Katya tried her hand at it a few times.
Chad was sure he needed another tiger face, similar to his in Jumonville.
To be continued . . . .