Wendy and I took a week-long vacation down the midwest, from St. Paul to Dallas, saddling two major speech and debate events. Here’s the rundown of the excitement.
Start: NCFCA Nationals in St. Paul
This is how the vacation started. I drove out to NCFCA Nationals at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN. Wendy flew out and we started our vacation. The tournament was awesome and I got to connect with some of my authors.
Stop #1 in our Midwest tour: Family in Central Wisconsin.
The best part of this trip was my advice to put a gazebo in Rachel’s garden. Don’t you all think that would be awesome?
Stop #2 in our Midwest tour: The Real Cheese.
Not much made it home.
Stop #3 in our Midwest tour: Janesville, WI.
This was one of our biggest highlights for me. We stomped around my old stomping grounds and was greeted by my neighbors from my childhood. We reminisced for a good hour on the front lawn. What a blast from the past!
Stop #4 in our Midwest tour: Honey Lake.
Another blast from the past. We visited Honey Lake in Burlington, IL. I spent a lot of time growing up in this area.
Stop #5 in our Midwest tour: Burlington, WI.
Another stop to visit family in Burlington. Wendy’s brother, Tod, and wife Cheryl treated us like royalty with a fabulous meal. And special visit from our nephew Joe!
Stop #6 in our Midwest tour: Palatine, IL.
More family in Palatine, IL, with my cousin Chuck, Aunt Mary Lou, and mom’s cousin Sally. Chicago style pizza is the bomb!
Stop #7 in our Midwest tour: Branson, MO.
What a treat! Sally set us up with a family friend in Branson who got us a fantastic deal on a hotel and comped us tickets to see Six, a family of brothers who sing acapella.
Stop #8 in our Midwest tour: Stoa Academy in Irving, TX.
On the other side of the tour we attended Stoa Academy. I was the event photographer, and here are my favorite pictures.
Stop #9 in our Midwest tour: Another Duggar Wedding.
This stop wasn’t planned, either, but we decided to jump in mid-week. I wasn’t able to post on the event till a week later. It was a wonderful time!
Stop #10 in our Midwest tour: Friends on the way home.
Wendy and I were anxious to get home, so this last stop was quick. Too quick!