Just before leaving, we took one last trip down I-35 to see our cousins again. From the first trip on January 1, 2011 to this last one on May 25, 2012, we drove down to Oklahoma nine times. The highlights include:
January 28-30, 2011: Pete and I talked about training for a half-marathon in April of 2012. We ate some ice cream .
March 5-6, 2011: We went down to spend some time with our newest nephew, Benji. We also got Little Caesar’s.
June 14-15, 2011: Our new babies played together. We went swimming in their pool. I did not throw my nephew, Theo, in; but we did see him play baseball.
July 1-3, 2011: We celebrated the 4th with the whole I-35 crew. Kristi’s sister, Jane, came up with her family. We barbecued and the three boy babies competed in a drooling contest.
November 23-26, 2011: All of Kristi’s siblings made it for Thanksgiving. We got to meet Nate’s fiancee, Priscilla. She was cool because she was from California. I crushed everybody in cribbage and lost in everything else. We went to the planetarium and barbecued again.
December 22-26, 2011: Kristi’s whole family made it, including her parents who flew in from Israel. Tons of grandbabies, Christmas gifts, and joy. We got a good family photo.
April 28-29, 2012: We celebrated Zach’s 1st birthday, watched my niece and nephew play soccer. Pete and I ran in the Oklahoma City half-marathon. My calf seized up. It has never been the same. I blame Pete. The ice cream back at their house was good.
May 25-28, 2012: This was our final trip. We lived close together in Minnesota. And close enough with our Kansas/Oklahoma connection. But now we were leaving for Alaska and didn’t know when we would see each other again. This was a sadder parting. It was made quite a bit easier with a trip to the world’s largest soda pop bottle.
We drank delicious soda and said goodbye. Packed our truck up and set off for Alaska.
Days on the road these trips: 24