Friday, September 29, 2017

IN/KY trip, September 2017

We packed in a lot of relatives in a few days! First stop: Grandpa Bill and Tamara's with Uncle Chuck and Andrea coming in from Chicago to see everyone! Andrea was a really good sport with the kids--from listening to their stories to grading their leaps onto the guest bed, she was an instant favorite!

Uncle Chuck made dinner and sat with the kids and made them clear their plates in a super fun way! He brought them a hammock and swing them in it like the fun uncle that he is! I love the way they interact!

Grandpa took us out for ice cream as soon as we got there, bought the kids their familiar foods to have at his house, showed them his cats and art and flowers, and let them run wild through Tamara and his usually peaceful home! Tamara let Olivia follow her around soaking up little tidbits of life--beauty in the shape of perfume bottles and a porcelain doll Olivia plays with each trip.

Friday we hung out with Mutti! Her dog Bug immediately commenced training with the kids as trainers. Andrea and Uncle Chuck kept playing with our little balls of energy. This trip was probably good birth control for them!

Friday evening the kids and I went out to Elizabeth while Nicholas stayed with his mom to do some chores. Aunt Heidi, Isaac, and Asher were there when we got there, so we immediately started playing!

Saturday was a big day! We rode horses, dug sweet potatoes, played in the sprinklers and the stock tank, and had an outdoor movie night! Whew!

Digging sweet potatoes 🍠 

Playing in the sprinkler

Which led to playing in the stock tank 

While the rest of us were enjoying the beautiful day from the front porch

After baths and dinner, we made s'mores

Later Abby and Olivia moved cows using the Kubota 

Then we had an outdoor movie! The kids LOVED it! Leo and Luke jumped and acted out the movie most of the time! They got to bed way too late!

Sunday we visited Mutti again while Jason took a nap, then headed to the zoo with Grandpa Bill and Tamara to end our packed family trip! The kids were exhausted, but got to ride camels and carousels and ponies! Whew! That was a whirlwind, but I am so grateful that our family lets us pick a time to come in and welcomes us as we explode into their space!


  1. You document the trip so well. I just dump my photos in. It was great seeing all of you. I'm so glad we got to see you and you got to see so much family!

  2. I love seeing pictures of your family together. You guys are always so happy!! Seeing you guys in shorts really makes me miss the warm weather!