Had a fairly uneventful drive to Iowa for our first stop along the way. We made our goal of Davenport so we could go to breakfast at The Machine Shed, where the cinnamon rolls are large enough to be split between 5 people with some to spare and the pork chops are the shape and size of Texas. We recommend to anyone traveling to the Plains to stop and experience these restaurants. The farm theme is seen inside and out.
Arrived in Lincoln around 3:30 pm on Saturday. Stepped out of the car and thought we were gonna die. The temp was at 97 degrees and the heat index was at 115. We are use to hot and humid in MI but this is awful. We spent a bit of time acclimating ourselves to the city of Lincoln with only a few wrong turns and then hit the hay to prep for the begining of a busy week.
Today we had a nice breakfast at the hotel then headed to watch Kelsey practice her routines. She did fantastic when she couldn't see the other athletes practicing at the same time. Watching the other participants practice gives us hope for success for Kelsey :) During Opening Ceremonies we were amazed by the amount of people in the arena. 47 of the 50 states are represented, including Alaska! There were so many people shouting and clapping. Some were even blowing horns and yet Olivia still managed to take a 45 minute nap in the middle of it! For some reason the blogger is not allowing us to put up pictures so we'll put some on facebook and keep trying on this.
We dropped Kelsey off at 5 pm in Grand Rapids, she hardly gave us a backwords glance. We are now in Davenport, Iowa and getting ready to hit the road again. Olivia has done well so far, we have sang, laughed, watched Hannah Montanna and done it all more than once. We are going to have breakfast at one of our favorite heading west restaurant the the Machine Shed. If you are ever in Iowa, Ill, MN or WI be sure to check this place out. It is like Cracker Barrell only for the prairie states. Need to find the camera in the trunk somewhere so I can get some pictures up here.
Gosh, it has been a year since I last posted. Sorry about that! Life happens. I will be using this blog to keep everyone informed of the goings on in Lincoln, Nebraska this next week.
Kelsey qualified for the National Special Olympic Games this past year. The Michigan SO officials were allowed to take 2 contestents for Rythmic Gymnastics. They put everyone's name who had taken a gold medal in the event at the 2009 Summer Games in a hat and pulled out Kelsey & Moriah. What an honor.
Anyhoo, we are leaving this afternoon to drop Kelsey off at the Grand Rapids Airport Hilton. She will spend the night there with her coach Cornelia and Moriah and then fly by private jet in the morning to Lincoln, Nebraska. We, Mark, Nancy, Meegan, Olivia and Becky Armstrong (Kelsey's teacher) will set sail for the west after dropping her off. Wish us luck with 5 of us (one a 3 year old) in the Impala for a 686 mile trip. We plan on stopping somewhere in Iowa this evening.