I feel like I’ve been gone forever, but I guess it’s only a few days. It feels like more because this place is so different than where I came from. Yesterday a neighbor lady was talking about somebody’s farm operation, and she was telling my mom who worked there. She said “They’ve got a De Jong, a Groeneweg, and a Mexican.”
I’ve mostly been relaxing at the lakes with the family. I can’t say we’ve really done a whole lot. We spent some time out on the boat, laid out on the dock, and ate at the obligatory restaurants–the Inn and the Wharf. We did make a trip to Walmart, where I saw a curly mullet, and we’ve all been spending a lot of time ogling this guy:
The plans for the week are pretty sparse. I set up the wireless router I bought my dad for father’s day (thanks, Jeff!). I’ve spent a lot of the morning playing my parents’ piano and hanging out on their back deck. It’s a nice view, actually. They live on the edge of town, so there’s a big backyard that backs up to a cornfield. Very Iowa. Oh, and there’s a kid mowing our lawn…someone my parents know, I hope.
Later on in the week I’ll get to see Nellie and her girls who are coming back to the motherland. Yea!