Friday, December 19, 2014

Coming Home

I can't believe that it has been almost 2 weeks since I have been back from Iowa. I got to go back to Iowa in early December. I went home for multiple reasons and the biggest being for the Arkansas/Iowa State Mens Basketball Game. My childhood team vs my alma mater!! When the schedule got realized and I saw the Big 12 vs SEC Challenge. I was pumped to say the least!! Who was I going to cheer for. Where was I going to go to watch the game.

Well it got closer to the season starting, and Gary was looking at flights back to Iowa. We found a couple that would work, but I couldn't get approved for that many days off. So back to the drawing board, and he found another flight that worked in my time frame. I had already gotten my tickets because if I didn't go I could sell them or find someone to go for me.

So we headed up to Pittsburgh the night before which was awesome. They have an IKEA and I have been missing our walks around IKEA. I love that store!! In Phoenix we would go walk around several times a year. The next day I boarded my flight to Iowa. I was so excited and nervous all at the same time.

So I got to Iowa with everyone picking me up. I was so great to see my aunts and grandpa. The last time I was in Iowa wasn't for a good reason so it had been at least 4 years since I have been back to Iowa for fun. (That's way too long!) Play by play for the rest of the day: lunch, chilling, and getting ready for the game.

So a friend told me that they opened gates at 6pm, so we got there at 6:23p thinking we could get in. NOPE.. Gates didn't open until 7pm. (Granted it was 8pm game on ESPN but they promoted all sorts of different times.) So I stood out in the cold for 45 minutes. It was fun because we met some really great people. They all love my blanket scarf. We also talked about arm knitting as well and I taught a few people how to do it.

Doors Open. The game was amazing!! Our seats were kinda crappy but it didn't matter. I was at HILTON (Hilton Magic) watching my 2 FAVORITE teams. Life couldn't get any better.

Rest of the weekend was awesome. We went to craft shops, I ate my way through Iowa. You really never miss something until you can't go down the street to get Dahl's Donuts or Casey pizza or corn or beef. So many good places to eat! Friday we went to Applebees and I got the Hoiberger. You've been me instagram it here and here. I'm happy to say the Hoiberger has sold more than that other school's coach. (Yes, I can't even say. Sorry Stephanie. I love you though.)

Sunday was D-Day. I had to go home. I was NOT ready at all for multiple reason. I was so lucky that I got my flight changed for FREE. I didn't think that was possible. So I got to stay a few hours longer in Iowa. Looking back though I should have went to West Virginia.

I can't wait to go back, but not quite sure when that will be. We have some big trips planned in 2015 as well as eliminating some debt in our life.

During the past couple of months I have also been home sick. Like real home sick. I usually don't get it this bad, but this time it was different. I was so excited to go to Michigan for Thanskgiving. A week later I was excited to go back to Iowa.

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