While we were in South Dakota we visited my Grandma several times. We went out on a long walk around her neighborhood, and just sat around her visiting in her room. I loved it, and so did Em. She was all about sharing a cinnamon roll with her the last day we were there, and blowing her tons of kisses everyday we saw her at (it made my heart melt <3<3<3
We were at Falls Park several times as well, because it was a perfect place to just let Em burn energy and be free. So I recommend it to any families traveling in the area, plus it’s a great place for some pictures. We did a lot of driving, and had tons of plans while we were there for a short time, so it was refreshing to just be outside in such a beautiful place just to run around. My Aunt and Uncle are in one of the pictures above with my ma. They are so great, and fun to be around. And I’m so happy we got to spend some time with them this year, this trip wouldn’t have happened without them!
Sunday April 17th, we drove to Watertown, SD for a service to remember my dad. Many of his friends and our family were there sharing stories of times with him, and after we shared coffee with a lot of creamer (just as he liked it) and cookies. Then we took a stroll around the downtown area, taking lots of pictures and just taking in the time we all had together. It was all so beautiful.
After the service, Stan Em and I drove out to Lake Kampeska where my dad, his sister and my grandparents lived for some time. The lake where he swam and continues to hold state records.
South Dakota will always have a meaningful place in my heart. A place that I have so many memories with my cousins like swimming at Wild Water West Waterpark, jumping on the trampoline, eating lefse countless times (courtesy of our Grandma), and exploring places like Mount Rushmore,Wall Drug, and Crazy Horse as a kid. I feel so lucky to have always had such wonderful and loving people in my life, and now to have shared a small piece of that with Emma and Stan will only add to the memories.
Photographer: Stan & I @ Lost Wages Photography