It's taken me some time to organize all the photos of our trip to Illinois, but here's the first slideshow.
We left St. Paul on Good Friday and drove to Rock Island, Illinois, where Jen's mom grew up (stopping in Nora Springs on the way there, of course). It was fun to meet and get to visit with, Aunt Sue, who has always given our kids cute cards and gifts on their birthdays despite never having met them before, to get to the meet some cousins and to spend some time in the greater Quad Cities.
While we were there we celebrated Nora's birthday. We saw the house Grandma Larson grew up in and th school she attended. We visited Virginia, the woman -- now of course quite elderly -- who helped take care of Grandma and her sisters when they lost their mother. We went out to dinner a couple of times with Aunt Sue and her sons Mike and Marty. And we went to Easter service at Edgewood Baptist Church where Grandpa and Grandma Larson were married and where the same pastor who married them still serves!
Here are just a few of the shots:
Next time on The Great Illinois Trip of 2009, "Part II: The Windy City"