We are back in Des Moines tonight after a week-long Spring Break vacation with many, many moving pieces. Katelin and her housemates, Dan and Emma, spent the first half of the week in Toronto, Ontario — a birthday gift to Katelin from Marcia and I. Katelin then flew into Charlotte, was picked up by my mother (who lives near the Charlotte airport), and then driven up to Asheville, North Carolina, where my sister and her family live. Marcia and I hooked up with them all there — after three days on the road, including one night in St. Louis, and two nights in Nashville, where fun was had, and how. The full family unit was together for three days, then Marcia and I headed home (this time via Indianapolis and Peoria, where we spent an evening), with Katelin and my mom staying in Asheville for one more night, before a drive back to Charlotte together, followed by a flight back to Rochester for Katelin. Everyone is back where they belong tonight, but it was really great to have us all in one place for a few days, since that doesn’t happen very often. The next time we see Katelin, she will be graduating from college, whee! Here are some pictures of the trip(s), for posterity’s sake . . .