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Memphis Road Trip

Memphis Road Trip

We spent the 4th of July weekend reuniting with family in Memphis TN - a first time visit for most of us. It was also the first real road trip for our little family of 5. In all, we had a great time! Here are some of the highlights.


Our kid's "road trip faces" at 5:30am:

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A contemplative moment with Meg at the amazing Eclectic Cafe, right across from the Memphis Zoo.

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Grandpa Lueders carries Zaye in downtown Memphis.

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Grandma gets out an umbrella during a light shower. 

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My brother Abe works as a city planner for the Downtown Memphis Improvement District. After only a year of being there he already has a vast and growing knowledge of what's going on in the heart of the city. He also has good taste for local eateries - here he's pictured at the amazing Aldo's pizza.

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Abe took us to his office and showed us a scale model of downtown Memphis. 

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Meg explored the old, exquisite Peabody hotel - known worldwide for their trained ducks. 

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One of the creepiest/lumpiest dog statues I've seen. 

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Meg snapped this dramatic portrait of me on the bridge to Mud Island. 

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Abe and Abigail - our Memphis relatives. They're expecting their first kid later this year! 

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The irreplaceable Zaye-Zaye: 

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Mud island features an enormous scale replica of the Mississippi River that kids can explore and splash in. 

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Mud Island: 

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A group of us enjoyed the Memphis Zoo

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The boys cooling their feet at the zoo.

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The beautiful and weird Megan Lueders.

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Statues: 

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Abe took some of the men out for a night of drinks, food, sights and conversation in downtown Memphis. First stop was Ghost River Brewing Co

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John & Diego

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Great brews.

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Meg snapped some shots of the boys in our quaint AirBnb: 

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Jonah likes how he seems to have a mustache in this pic: 

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Chilling in the vast (and hot) Shelby Farms park. 

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Poor Isaiah burned the bottom of his feet standing on a metal slide (that had been roped off) – he insisted on being carried or seated the rest of the day.  

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Frozen treats makes everything better. 

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John Schuncke actually snapped this one with my camera as I was cleaning the other boys up - thought it was a great shot! 

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My sister Naomi is expecting her first child this year as well. 

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Hanging out in Abe's ford pickup: 

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Grandpa! 

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Couldn't resist! Hard to resist Gus's Fried Chicken as well... 

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We really enjoyed our first AirBnb! Here's us trying to get a family shot using a timer - before heading back home at 6:30am. 

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Sunset - right before getting back home in Omaha! 

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