Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Great Time at Grammy's

We had a great time visiting Grammy and Tata in Ohio. Thanks for all of you who prayed for our safe trip. I was very worried about doing all the driving but it worked out just fine, especially with Adora as our recreational director and a handful of new CD's to listen to - Narnia, Odyssey and Your Story Hour kept the crew enthralled. Who needs a DVD player in the car when the world of story can thrill and entertain?! We only had 3 kids throw up (2 of them hit their cups!), no one wet their pants and the babies only screamed for a combined total of about 1 1/2 hours out of the whole 16 hours of driving we did there and back. Once we got there we had a great time - all in all, a wonderful trip. Thanks for putting up with all of us Grammy and Tata! We love you! Here's the pics:
The kids spent quite a bit of time in the stream. They learned how to skip rocks and catch lots of these critters. Ruth learned how to take off her shoes and get mud between her toes. Meanwhile, JT and Philip helped Tata chop and haul wood. JT had the best seat in the house.

Sunday afternoon found us at a family reunion for my mother-in-law's side of the family. The kids enjoyed some games that were planned for them and especially enjoyed being reunited with JOE who now has a very adorable brand new baby girl of his own - Congratulations Joe and Katie!

Monday we visited the zoo with our friends who have 8 children. Five of theirs were off to camp so we just took the girls and the youngers to the Columbus zoo while the three big boys trotted off to Kenyon with Tata to play in his physics lab. JT built a car with the lego Mindstorms he had there and Philip really enjoyed putting together some basic movies which were, apparently, a real hoot when played backwards. The flamingos and gorillas are my all-time favorite visits at any zoo but here we were treated to 2 baby flamingos.

JohnMichael, Betsy, Alana, Cordelia, Miriam and Fiona. Betsy and Fiona really enjoyed seeing each other again. We'll meet up with them again in September at the beach. I'm not sure what happened to David and Ruth in this picture...And this other pic is Nehemiah in the tiger's den. What a cootie!

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