Road trip finale: A wedding, Little Sweeden in Kansas, and one adorable little princess
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My cousin Tim and his beautiful bride Wesleigh. Both are track legends at Black Hills State University in South Dakota.
Wesleigh’s son Kaden and my cousin Katie’s daughter, Lillian, were adorable as ring bearer and flower girl.
My talented cousin Andy arranged the music for the wedding and played trumpet while also serving as a groomsman.
The tables at the reception carried a special tribute to Uncle Roger, who used to throw Hershey’s Kisses to students who answered questions correctly in his classes.
Our family with Aunt Gem before the wedding.
Mom with Joyce, Uncle Roger’s friend and fellow Cardinals fan from Bethany College.
The wedding was in my cousins’ hometown of Lindsborg, Kansas, known as Little Sweeden USA. There are Dala horses like this everywhere, and many of the homes have the family name painted on a Dala horse sign hanging from the porch.
Aunt Gem treated us to an amazing brunch the morning after the wedding at the Sweedish Crown (Sweedish crepe-pancakes with Lingonberry jam, yummmm!) It was great to see all the Bishop cousins together (including Tim!) and we got to be there when my cousin Katie announced some very exciting news to the family: Baby #2 is due on New Year’s Eve!
Before leaving Lindsborg, we visited Aunt Gem’s beautiful home. Here are a few of her St. Louis Cardinals treasures, including a replica of Uncle Roger’s brick.
We spent the night at Katie’s house where we had a blast with her daughter Lillian.
Dr. Lillian informs Matt he has marshmallows and macaroni in his ears.
Where’s Waldo, Disney Princess style
Princess Tangled is a pretty good dancer!
Katie and Travis spoiled us with a delicious taco dinner and homemade strawberry shortcake desert! I’ve never tasted anything so amazing.
The photo is of my mom with her brother Roger (Katie’s dad) as kids.
Mom was determined not to leave Indiana without a pork loin sandwich, a local fast food staple she remembered from her college days. We didn’t have a chance to stop in Indiana, but did manage to find one at this Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant in Ohio.
On the morning of my 28th birthday, we broke out ToastTite, a grilled sandwich pocket maker from my mom’s childhood. This one was filled with eggs, bacon, jack cheese and salsa. Yum!
By our final morning, we were pros at packing the car. Total miles traveled: 4,015. Total gas cost: $351.38.
Lessons learned on this trip: The long way is actually shorter, “Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo, Buffalo buffalo” is actually a grammatically and semantically correct sentence, Kansas is windy, Colorado is beautiful, four people can comfortably live 11 days in a Prius, and despite what they say, no matter how long you stay away, you really can go home again.