Nebraska…the good life…er visit

Memorial day weekend 2010 was spent visiting with family in Lincoln, Nebraska.  One of my younger cousins, Jeff was getting married.  And it was a perfect reason to get the whole Sheldon clan together to visit and meet the newest members.  Besides the beautiful bride, Annie, there were 2 newborns joining the group, Mallory and Christian Penke born about 2 weeks apart.

Scott and I drove up on Saturday and arrived in Lincoln early enough to get some food and a nice swim at our hotel before heading to downtown Lincoln for the rehearsal dinner.  This was Scott’s first time meeting my mom’s entire side of the family, I’m sure it was pretty overwhelming but he handled it like a champ.  Scott had already met Jeff and Annie so I figured that after meeting the bride and groom everyone else would be easy and it was.

On Sunday, we had our day planned out, we did get up a little earlier than we had planned but we didn’t know howmuch time everything would or would not take.

We toured Memorial Stadium, home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers!  This was the first time that I remember being this close to the stadium.  I’m sure if I talked to my parents I’ve been on campus before.  However there was a self guided tour that we took that we could walk out and over look the field.

Once we finished with the field we were able to see all the bowl trophies that Nebraska has won.  There were a lot!  And then it was on to the Experience Room.  You could fit about 10 to 20 people in there and it was a film about the 3 Heisman Trophy winners and then the game day video.  The Heisman Trophy video was by far the best because after each highlight reel they would turn the wall around and the trophy would pop out.

After a walk around campus to see if there was a bookstore open, there wasn’t, we walked along O Street.  O Street is the longest main street in America.  Of course on a Sunday morning in Lincoln barely anything was open.  We decided to head down to the Haymarket to try our luck down there.  There were more restaurants and antique shops and the old train station (site of the reception).  We then headed to our final destination of the day, the state capital building.  We had a little time to kill before it opened so we walked around the governor’s  mansion and a couple historical.  After going for the “tour” it was the creepiest capital building I’ve been in and there wasn’t much to see.  I’m basing the not much to see on having just seen the capital building in Texas.

The wedding went off without a hitch, minus the pastor not being able to say Nienhueser.  After 3 tries he kinda got it right.  Either way the DJ had trouble announcing them at the reception too.  The reception was a lot of fun.  It’s always a great time hanging out with the Sheldon cousins.  Scott and I did a little dancing and talking and catching up with everyone.  We did have time for family photos.  Emily brought her camera so we could get all the cousins together for the first time since 1999.  I’m sure those pictures came out great.  Can’t wait to see them.

The family

On Monday, Scott and I left Lincoln and headed to Kansas City.  We were off to see the Royals game.  It was my first time at Kaufman Stadium.  I’ve been told that they just done some remodeling and it was pretty nice and cheap!  2 hot dogs and 2 sprites $4, same thing at Busch $25.  Our seats were perfect they were close enough but we were not in the sun so we didn’t get sun burnt.  It was a hot day and with the remaining 4 hours left to drive I don’t think we would have last too long sitting in that sun.  The Royals didn’t fair too well but it was nice to check another ballpark off my list of to do.

View from our seats

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