(Yes, I dated these for the dates they are actually from, not when I am doing them, so they'll actually be in the month they happened!)
On the 16th, after three full days of C.C. practicum for the kids we raced home and loaded the last few things into the van and hit the road!
We drove about 5 hours to Macon, MO and spent the night.
This is the ONLY travel picture I took =)
We drove all day on the 17th, and made it to Lansing, MI, where we had a delicious dinner at Cheddar's and hit the hay.
On the 18th, we had a long and stressful day of travel, including a (frustratingly long) stop at the mall in Sarnia at a phone store to get a SIM card so we could use Philip's phone in Canada (I bought some cute sandals while we waited). We were running late by the time we got to Blue Mountain, but grabbed some pizzas and showed up to the vacation rental where we were greeted by Tim and Steph, Rob and Ada and Mom and Dad (the rest arrived not too long after). What a full, loud and happy house!
On the 19th, the kids entertained themselves pretty well, running around in packs, making a fort, playing with playdough and having a grand old time!
Check out this amazing alligator Shaelyn made!
Happy kids picking apples for their fort
Watching some of the snails they caught
This might be the closest I've ever gotten to a snail
How adorable is this???
Rebekah did beautiful hairdos on most of the nieces - so talented!
Some of the littles goofing around with Grandpa
Uncle Jim, Aunt Nora and Uncle Dave made the trek up to see us all on Tuesday!
Checking out the plans for Andrew and Bethany's new house!
Some of the cousins played Pandemic with Philip and Keenan
Rebekah arranged some fun water games
Each team had to pass water in cups over their heads to the back of the line
He wasn't too bad at it, either!
Water balloon volleyball
After the organized games were over, things got crazy and it just turned into an all out water fight...
Uncle Tim getting the kids
Caleb's got the hose!
Cookie face =)
Sweet smile from Gwennie
That evening, (at Rebekah's suggestion), while Mark distracted Tim away from the house, the rest of us dressed up like old people and decorated the house for a surprise (early) birthday party for Tim's 40th! SOOO much fun!
My two little old men
Moriah and Alisa
Rob and Ada nailed it in their awesome outfits!
I love how serious he looks here
My lovely elderly sisters and I =)
Love these four so much!
Could we be any more awesome?
Andrew and Bethany did a fantastic job of "elderly-ing" themselves!
Our whole old family ;)
Some cute little old ladies
My "elderly" parents - soo funny!
Tim with the cane we bought him (complete with pill bottle, magnifying glass, false teeth, etc
Tim with his bride
Mark and Rebekah went the extra mile with awesome wigs!!
The couple of the hour
Tim and Steph and their old family
The whole gang (with our old people expressions on)
Possibly my favorite picture of all time
Us being our stylishly old (and strange) selves
Love this guy!
This makes me smile
Mom made these cupcakes and Rebekah bought the cute toppers!
The old guy himself
With Uncle Jim and Aunt Nora
(thank you so much for making the effort to come see us and for all the special treats you brought for the kids!)
With my Uncle Dave
Grandpa squishing Caleb's face while he says, "Mama, mama, my face is caught in the door!" =)
Volleyball later that evening
* I love how much we fit into each day!!