On May 11th we made our trip to Missouri. Fred's graduation was not for another week but we had plenty of friends to see and we didn't even get to see everyone we wanted to. The trip down was good. We stopped at a few parks on the way to let Blaiden and Kiara get some energy out. (Yes, we are the type of people that take their dog everywhere. This is Fred's fault not mine.) We got to Columbia about 7pm, we have found that Blaiden is now old enough where traveling all day is not horrible. The DVD player helps with this and I also sit in the back with him while Kiara enjoys the front seat. We stayed with Pam and Andy through Wednesday when we made our way to Kirksville.
We stopped in Macon to have lunch with a Doc that Fred worked with. We ate at AJ's and it was great, I am happy we got to try it out after the big fire. That night we had a dinner with one on Fred's professors and a few other students. This was a little boring for Blaiden and I because it was all medical talk. Blaiden stayed up way past bedtime but Fred was having a good time.
Thursday Fred had to be at the school to do a bunch of stuff so Blaiden and I had the day to hang out because Fred's family was not getting in until late that night. We went to the park in the morning to burn off some energy and then met up with Fred to see a few people before naptime. After nap it was back to the park for us. There were a ton of other kids there but all Blaiden wanted to do was chase birds. That night we went to a dinner. We put Blaiden to bed and then Fred's mom stayed in the room with him. I am sure she was a little disappointed that this was the first time she got to see him in over 5 months and he was already sleeping. We had a great time at dinner hanging out with all our friends. This is the night that Fred got to burn his white coat, very exciting!!
Friday Fred went golfing with his brothers and a few others, while Blaiden and I hung out with Fred's Mom, Aunts, and Grandma. We did some shopping and of course Blaiden got spoiled. That night my parents were getting into town and they were going to watch Blaiden while Fred and I went to an awards banquet. They were running late and so we had to meet outside the dinner to send Blaiden with them, this was probably for the best for me but I felt horrible for Blaiden. I know they are his grandparents and love him but he doesn't really know them. I felt like Blaiden was thinking I was just handing him off to strangers. He did wonderful though and only got sad for a minute after we left. Blaiden stayed up to late again but I think he had a good time. Fred's Dad also got into town that night. Larry and Tonja didn't really get to see Blaiden but they went out with Fred and his brothers and had a little to much fun.
Saturday was was graduation (another post). Sunday was the day everyone had to go home, including us. Everyone made
it home safely even though the storms trough Nebraska made it a little