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midwest tour (part 2)

The most important reason for our Midwest visit was to see my new nephew – Beth and Russ had little Paul on August 2. Nancy took this great picture of Mom babysitting Paul.

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We had a big family get-together at Russ and Beth’s new house. It’s a beautiful and well-designed house on top of a hill out in the country overlooking some of Jeff’s farm fields. It’s especially impressive once you learn that Russ and Beth, along with friends and family, did a huge amount of the construction and finishing themselves!

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Nancy and I had some time for a quiet chat with Beth — and then the school bus arrived :-) Jessie and Hannah played with arts and crafts at the kitchen table, while Garrett and Jake headed straight for the backyard sandbox.

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Later in the afternoon, once everyone else had arrived (Jeff and Terry, Don and Brenda, Russ, Mom and Dad, and Aunt June) we had dinner and a birthday cake for Brenda.

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Nancy learned that June crochets too, and June showed her some useful tips and techniques.

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Then it was time for a big game of Uno, with Dad, Russ, Don, Nancy, Brenda, Hannah, and me. OK, I’ll admit it, my siblings and I tend to be a little competitive when it comes to family games, and Don most so (not to point fingers or anything :-). Well, it turns out that Russ can give as good as he gets, so the “friendly” game got pretty exciting — the only question seemed to be which of these two Titans would win!

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So guess who ended up winning? :-) :-)

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Not surprisingly, when bedtime came around a bunch of little ones said “but I’m not tired! Can’t I stay up a little longer?” :-)

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Meanwhile, Jeff headed back out to the fields to get more combining done that night — rain was forecast for the next day which would put the harvesting on hold.

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