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So Long Chitown, the Wheat State & The Nasty ‘Nati

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What a whirlwind of travel, emotions, and parties during our last week in the States.

Greg's tolerance to goodbyes isn't so swell...Our dear friends in Chicago kicked it off on August 22nd with an “all you can drink” special at Rocks in Lincoln Park. Ashley dragged Greg out of Wrightwood Tap around 3:30am, knowing the 6:00am cock-a-doodle-do was nearing.

Not our babyWith just 2 hours of sleep under our belts, it was off to the Jayhawker State of Kansas to visit Ashley’s massive family. Hungover and in desperate need of some zzzz’s, we were overwhelmed by the well wishes of the the Miller’s and Rausch’s – around 100 loved ones to see us off. Thanks so much to everyone who showed their pretty face, even from as far as 250 miles away. It meant the world to us! And special thanks to Cathy (Ash’s selfless mother) for all the TLC she put into the event. Dear Tenley (5 days old at the time), we will see you raising hell on 2 feet one year from now.

Splash!It was then off to Lake Wilson for some more Bud Light and lots of boating. Who knew Braden (Ash’s sister) was a masterful backflipper on the Air Chair… don’t give up. Numerous falls at the hands of that same Air Chair, wake skating, and surfing left Greg with a sore back and ego. Golf at dusk didn’t go so well either… Captain Matt’s partner in crime, Brad (Ash’s shy father), sank a putt with his cell phone providing ample light in the 9th hole cup to defeat Greg and Braden. We also spent a lunchhour at Claflin Elementary with Bryce (Ash’s youngest brother ) dining with a table of arm wrestling 5th graders. Had Greg been enrolled there, he would have lost recess privileges for 1 week due to spilling applesauce in the lunch line and spreading the mess around with his flip flop. Our fantastic visit to Kansas was topped off with a special visit with Grandma June – thanks for all the support.Extra sloppy

After the land of Dorthy, we made our way to Cincinnati. The first day was spent on final preparations for our RTW trip then one last home cooked meal. Greg’s mom, Sue, prepared his favorites – beef stroganoff, green beans, pears, cottage cheese with tomatoes, and garlic bread. Random but delicious! To get Greg’s Bengals fix, he stayed up until 2:30am watching a preseason match (don’t think we will see many Bengals games on the road). Who Dey!

The next morning Greg ran errands while Ashley was pampered. Kim (Greg’s sister-in-law) treated Ashley to a memorable day of a massage and shopping, even surprising her with a new dress for her travels. Then Ashley was introduced to Hudy Delight Beer at Poppy and Ma’s. Visiting them always leaves us with a smile on our faces and warmth in our hearts. That evening, Jeff (Greg’s brother) and Kim threw us a spectacular Cincinnati themed send off complete with Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s Pizza, and Graeter’s Ice Cream. The evening was topped off with Crowley’s (Greg’s odd high school friend) pineapple upside down shots and slap-that-bag with Matt (Greg’s cousin).

I hate bugs. Love Texas RangerMatt and Heidi (Matt’s dynamic wife) cooked us brunch after touring their impressively remodeled home. Then it was off to the Cincinnati airport to fetch a rental car bound for Chicago. Our last day in the States was spent with our favorite people in Chicago – the Hendy’s and Waligora’s for apps, beers, and wine on the Chicago River and a BBQ with our IU and KU pals.

We shall miss the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. And as Lee Greenwood sang not so long ago, God Bless the USA.short, tall, short, tall, short, tall

- Greg and Ash

  • mhendy

    Greg–Andre Smith has a broken foot…out…first of many disapoint…er, expected updates

    I hear there are snakes in the amazon, try to eat one like Bear Grylls

  • crowley00

    Hey Guys – I think you mispelled a word in this last blog. You accidentally spelled Awesome as 'Odd'

  • fofs

    Silly me, I will fix that typo right away.

    - Greg

  • crowley00

    Hey Guys – I think you mispelled a word in this last blog. You accidentally spelled Awesome as 'Odd'

  • fofs

    Silly me, I will fix that typo right away.

    - Greg

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