Our first stop was only two hours into the drive- Gavin was ecstatic to be out of the car and didn't sit or stand still the whole time we were at the rest stop (thus the blurry picture). Pretty sure this is when Steve and I knew we were in for it.
|these two kill me|
The next day we spent a lot of time at my dad's farm (where I grew up). The kids had a lot of fun playing with some of their cousins and seeing lots of new things.
|eating sour apples picked from Grandpa's tree|
|checking out grandpa's soy beans and throwing apples|
|shucking sweet corn for lunch|
|jumping on a tractor inner tube like mommy used to do|
|and of course- climbing trees!|
That night most of the family went to Jungle Bungle and the kids had a blast while the parents did a lot of chasing the kids around.
Sunday morning we went to visit my mom's grave. The kids have never been to it so it was pretty emotional for me. When we got out of the car and walked up to her grave, Gavin squatted down right in front of it and wiped her picture off and just stayed there looking at it. Cue tears.
Then we went to my family reunion. I've been going to these every year since I can remember but since we moved to PA, we haven't made it back for one in a couple of years. It's basically a pot luck and a "meeting" where they record marriages, births, deaths, etc. I didn't get many pictures but I did get one of my Dad and Regina with most of their grandkids- I love it!
After the reunion we went back to the farm for more playing! Grandpa got one of his tractors out to take all the grandkids on rides but Emily and Gavin wanted no part of it...
These sweeties were all born in 2011 (can you believe Emily is the youngest of the three??)
Minus the drive, it was a great trip back home. I was so happy to see my family and the kids were troopers. Next time we visit I do believe we will be flying!