I know, this was a long time coming, and it's a slow start, but it's a start: (you're going to want to settle in and get comfy, we're going to be here a while)
Here are some stats from our trip:
3, 080 miles traveled
6 States, 1 province
32 geocaches (including Kentucky and Ohio's oldest caches!)
1,400 pictures taken
7 different beds
138 steps (from the Lake house down to Bear Lake in Michigan)
1 new transmission
1 rental car (to get us home while the van was being fixed)
12 (or more) hours of Adventures in Odyssey listened to
We left home on Friday, July 12th...
Within ten minutes, this was the scene in the back of the van..
Love Moriah's hat!
Chick Fil A for diner (on Cow Appreciation Day)
Cool silhouette of my driver
Caleb meeting the other three as they return from a geocache
I love this - these two signs are interchangeable =)
We spent a night in Tennessee, and arrived in Michigan on Saturday, the 14th. We drove straight to Aunt Mary's, ran in, got changed and headed back out the door to Aunt Patti's wedding reception.
Aunt Patti and Caleb
Taylor and I
The guys playing bocci ball
Matt, Jess, Reagan, Hudson and Adilyn
Aunt Patti and Kent
The first time in YEARS that all these people were in the same place, so it was a great opportunity for pictures!
The Whole Clan
Grandma with all seven of her kids!
(these next pictures are out of order, but oh well) Our kids Love to dance!!
Keenan and Liam
Caleb with Angela
Moriah and Taylor
Caleb and Riah tearin' it up
Okay, back to the outdoor pictures:
I Love this one!
Caleb and Emma
The kids ganging up on Liam
Uncle Tim, Aunt Toni, Megan, Liam and Emma
Uncle Ty, Taylor, Davis and Aunt Mary
Us with Dad
Grandma with her grandkids and great grandkids
We spent the night at Uncle Ty and Aunt Mary's and then had brunch with Anthony and Melissa...
Love this family!
Then we stopped and did a virtual cache here and let the kids play at a playground before getting in the long line across the bridge...
We got to Mom and Dad's on Sunday evening and the crazy, "twenty four people in one house" fun began!
A lot of grandkids around the breakfast table
It was so fun to have Rhoda come and do pictures of us all! Can't wait to see them!
The photographer at work
Mom and I
My favorite guy and I
Rhoda was very accommodating!
Not sure what was going on here =)
Marika picked a bunch of beautiful black berries!
"Don't mind if I do.."
Andrew's amazing cinnamon rolls!
What a sweet little dolly!
Our second trip to Clovermead Apiaries was super fun (though HOT!)
The kids were sooo curious about the noisy turkey!
He Was pretty funny looking
Happy girl on the rope swing
This duck cracks me up =)
Philip and Moriah on the pedal carts
Caleb's first ride!
Taking a bouncy ride with Uncle Mark
Zip line time!
Even Caleb got to try
Keenan on the balance ropes
Fun at the water pumps
Caleb LOVED this!
Some serious competition
Keenan's favorite part! =)
Haha! You two didn't really think this wouldn't show up anywhere, right? =)
Love this one of Dad with all his grandkids!
The bee keeper looking for the queen bee
I think it's on Moriah's right hand here
Fun shot of Kyla
On Keenan's shoulder =)
Cute girl on the fence
Andrew eating a huge flower
Me having a bath for 25 cents!
Love these big smiles
Full kitchen at mealtime!
Philip took a few of the older kids geocaching one afternoon...
One of the caches was way up in a tree!
Good job, Keenan!
The four brave climbers
Riah and Keenan
Philip got some really sweet shots
We were all (adults included), excited about the new splash park in Norwich!!
Under the "water canopy"
Tim and Alisa
My little goof and I
Keenan and Grandpa
Haha! Trying to plug the holes to make the one fountain shoot higher! =)
Andrew being goofy
Galina even put her toes in
I'm not sure what the light flare on Bethany's face is here, but I love this picture
Caleb on Philip's arm =)
Taking Grandpa for a walk
Upside down on the swing!
My oldest monkey
Good climbing, Riah!
Two cute cousins (and a new friend) on the swing
Three little mushrooms
I found a template for a fingerprint family tree on Pinterest and thought it would be a fun project to do with our family! It was!
I Love how it turned out, and there is plenty of room left to add "little leaves" as they come along =)
Fun family picture with it
Mark brought a few of his (pellet) guns and the guys had fun shooting:
Love this shot
Clearly, I have no idea about proper gun shooting form
But this guy does! =)