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A Happy Mother's Day in Iowa

Submitted by Bethany on Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:00

In a lucky turn of events, our trip back to the United States just happened to be two days before Mother's Day. (The USA version, the UK celebrated back on March 31st and I sent my mom a card for that, so she gets to celebrate twice this year!) On Friday night we had crash-landed in Oquawka, IL where my in-laws live, but you know I couldn't be in the country for the first time in ten months and not be with my mom on Mother's Day. 

However, as of Saturday morning, I was still 3 hours away from my parent's house. So my dad set out to drive halfway across the state to pick me up so I could be home in time. It meant leaving Joel for a few days - we haven't spent any time apart since last October so it feels weird, but I am glad for this extra time with my family! Saturday night my brother and I went to see Avengers: Endgame (Joel went with his dad and step-mom the same day) and it was AMAZING! Totally worth the wait and I already can't wait to see a second, third, probably fourth time, just to make sure I catch everything. 

On Sunday morning I woke up in my brother's childhood bedroom (both of our old rooms have been turned into guest rooms, I like the bed in his room better) and we went to worship at the church I grew up in. I loved being able to worship in the familiar space with so many familiar faces! After church we went out for lunch at Biaggi's and ate some delicious Italian food, it was all so yummy and I was so hungry I didn't get any pictures taken. 

Then we drove around town to see some pretty flowers, something mom requested to do for Mother's Day. The first place we went to was Des Moines Water Works park. Here there are 800 flowering crabapple trees - one of the largest collections of them in the world! There are many varieties coming in colors ranging from bright pink to white to purple, and they are all gorgeous.

My dad is terrible at taking pictures so we settled for a selfie among the flowering trees. Luckily my selfie skills have vastly improved as Joel and I take a lot of them traveling the world just the two of us! 

Next, we went to the Lilac Arboretum at Ewing Park in Des Moines. Lilacs are my mom's favorite flower, and here we learned there are over 100 different varieties, each with a distinct look and smell. The Lilac Arboretum was started in 1940 and covers 35 acres of land near the city. 

The weather wasn't great for getting out and enjoying the lilacs, but we wandered around to a few of them. Thankfully, mom has several planted at her house as well, so we'll get to enjoy those ones even longer!

Finally, we went to the newest movie theater in town to see mom's choice of movie - Poms, starring Diane Keaton. It's the story of a group of women at a retirement community who decide to start a cheerleading squad. It was cute, cheesy, but cute. (We should have full reviews coming at some point on the blog. We are going to all the movies while we are back thanks to having MoviePass again!)

I really enjoyed getting to spend the day with my family and celebrate mom on her special day. I can't really put into words how much I appreciate her love and support over all the years, and especially now as she lets me store crap in her basement, eat all her food, and bum around in her guest room for six weeks! I love you, mom! 

XOXO, Bethany 

 

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