The past two weeks, Kevin has been on a Ag Mission Trip to South Korea and China with Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, Secretary of Ag Northey and other ag professionals. They left on Monday, June 6th and returned home on Sunday, June 19th. They spent the first couple of days in Korea and then traveled to China for the remainder of trip. I’m hoping Kevin will share some of what they were doing over there in an upcoming post. So keep an eye out for it! You can also see some of the pictures that were taken on the trip here.
While Kevin was gone, HD and I kept real busy on and off the farm. Some fun things that we did off the farm were a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, a visit to Aunt Morgan’s in Lincoln for her final dress fitting before her upcoming wedding, an overnight stay with Grandpa Greg and Grandpa Rhonda because I was in Des Moines for a CommonGround meeting with Meredith Corporation and also a trip out to Nebraska to Grandpa Jim and Grandma Sharri’s for Father’s Day weekend.
On the farm, while Kevin was gone, the main thing that I had to keep an eye on was the cattle. They are all out to pasture now so we don’t have to feed them grain. So basically, I was checking to make sure that they all had water available to them and were within the fences. We also had just four more to calve still at our place so I was keeping an eye on them too. There were two calves born while Kevin was gone with no issues at all. We did end up having a sick calf and a momma cow that need some attention due to a rather LARGE utter, so by the end of the two weeks I was definitely ready for Kevin to come home and take over again!
The day that Kevin was flying home just happened to be Father’s Day. Our plan was going to be perfect. We were going to hang out on the boat with my parents for awhile and then get cleaned up and head towards Omaha. We’d get there in enough time to feed HD some dinner while we waited for Kevin’s plane to arrive. Then as soon as we saw him, HD would take off running to his daddy. He made him a Father’s Day card in daycare last week, so we were all prepared. And then we would go out for dinner on our way home.
But as most perfectly laid plans do, it fell apart. It started off with a text saying that he landed in Chicago. He was only a little late, but still had to go through Customs and get to to his next flight all in less than an hour. There was no way that was going to happen. So he ended up getting on a flight to Des Moines, IA that night which is only about an hour and a half away. My sister, Megan, just happened to be there that day and was able to pick him up and bring him home. So instead of meeting him at the airport in Omaha at 7pm, we meet him at home at 10pm (without his luggage).
About 15 minutes before Kevin was to arrive, HD and I were playing in the living room (I was trying to keep him awake so he could see his daddy) and I mentioned to him that daddy was going to be home in a few minutes. His eyes got so big and he started looking around saying dada dada dada over and over again. So I tried to tell him it would be just a few minutes before he was home, but since he is only 15 months old, I don’t think he really understood.
As soon as I saw the headlights, I handed HD the card that he had made and we went to the door. It was so dark out that we couldn’t really see Kevin until he was right by the front door. When he picked him up HD handed him the card and said a perfect, “dada”. Kevin looked so surprised, since he hadn’t said it like that before he left! Boy how much little ones change in a few weeks!
Even though the plan to meet earlier that day didn’t happen, Kevin still made it home that night. And he got his luggage back the next day. Now it’s time to recuperate from being gone so long!