Category Archives: Discovering Des Moines

My family relocated to Des Moines, Iowa in July 2011. After 11 years on the west coast, we’re finally back in the Midwest. Join us in exploring the spaces, culture and customs of our new hometown.

Sunday in Pella

Pella, Iowa, is known for its Dutch heritage and tulips.  We didn’t go to the Tulip Festival because it was very cold that weekend, so we decided to drive out on a Sunday afternoon  a couple of weeks later so … Continue reading

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Iowa State Capitol

Back in February (I’m a little behind on posting), we visited the Iowa State Capitol while my parents were in town.  Over the years, I’ve managed to visit the capitol building in each state in which we’ve lived.  My only … Continue reading

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Taking a break

March and April flew by with most of our time spent on the kitchen remodel, Saturday swimming lessons, and a winter that just won’t end. However, it’s important to slow down and just enjoy spending time together. On a rare … Continue reading

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Southern Iowa Sites

Now that our families are only 5+ hours away in central Missouri, we’ve made several trips south since moving to Iowa.  It’s still a long drive, but we get to go through some really beautiful country. In the area around … Continue reading

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Biking in Des Moines

Des Moines has many biking trails throughout the metro area that are paved, relatively flat, and family-friendly, so for my birthday last year, my husband bought me a new bike and a trailer for the kids.  Nothing too fancy, but … Continue reading

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Date Night

Date nights are pretty rare in our household, usually due to lack of planning, so I decided my Christmas gift for my husband would be a pre-planned date night. I started planning back in November and quickly lit on an … Continue reading

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Tropical Vacation

What do you do when it’s too hot to go outside?  Go to an indoor waterpark of course. Our daycare was closed for a week in July, so we spent a few days with family in Missouri, then headed back … Continue reading

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