A few weeks ago we went on a trip down the Mississippi with our grandparents. Mom and Dad got to have the house to themselves for about 4 days! We met them in Wabasha, MN, and after discovering a nail in one of our tires, Granny took all of the girls into the National Eagle Center while Mom, Dad and Grandpa went to the shop. Here are some pictures from outside the building...
One of the Eagles inside Miranda doesn't like fish
After we finished the Eagle Center, we left Mom and Dad and went down to Prarie du Chien. Here is the statue of Marquette at the Visitor's Center...
Sunday morning we went to Villa Louis, an old mansion that is very authentic and cool especially if you like that kind of stuff like we do....:P The statues were across the road.
Victorian Lady Blackhawk Dr. William Beaumont The Villa Louis
A side building where there was an office and a billiard room
The grounds I sneakily took a picture of the little girl's room. I wish I had a room like this >:/
After our tour, we drove to Galena, IL, planning on going into downtown, but since it was packed we decided to go the next day. We did drive to look at.... Since Galena was so busy, we went to the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, where we were staying. Here is all of us with Mark Twain: Next morning we got to downtown Galena early so there would actually be some parking spaces...Here's a nice shot of the street and the hill... Galena's oldest house Gpop took us to an old fashioned Candy shop!! Miranda with her "Licorice plop" Since we enjoyed Villa Louis so much, Granny said we should go to the Belvedere Mansion. In front of the house...this one wasn't quite as authentic as Villa Louis (there are still some people living there) but it was ok. A Big tree.... In front of Grant This picture is from the last day of our trip, looking down on the river on Pike's Peak...not THE Pike's Peak, it was just named after Zebulen Pike.
Thanks for the trip Granny & Grandpa!! It was a lot of fun!!
1st Place PC Two Rivers Feile (yes, I got a plate instead of a trophy. :P) 1st Place PC Badger State Feis
July 17 was the Badger State Feis in Milwaukee. I won out of a group of 22 dancers!!!! I was really happy especially because Nationals didn't go very well for me. :S This last weekend we traveled to Des Moines, IA for the new Two Rivers Feile, and I won out of a group of 5! Now I am qualified for the top level of competition, and I will begin competing in it at the beginning of the year. I'm really nervous but also excited! :) Selena also had a good feis, placing 2nd overall. Miranda FINALLY, after almost a year, qualified for her solo dress!!! Izzy placed in both of her softshoe dances. Can't wait for the MN feis at the end of September!