Wow! We accomplished a LOT in 3 1/2 days!
We left Thursday morning, after T's tennis class.
When we got to my mom's, she had made (as always) a wonderful feast for us. This one included BBQ ribs, fried potatoes, sauteed veggies, salad, and bread. After supper, my mom and G. took the kids over to my mom's friend's farm.
T. made a friend there:
They all got to ride--C. for a really long time:
(I love how that picture makes it look like she's going REALLY fast, while in actuality she was being led around in a walk)
On our trip up, we'd stopped and bought some (legal) fireworks, since I personally believe it's not summer unless you get to burn something! :)
The older two were introduced to snakes:
And then daddy lit the "big" fireworks:
Then T. got a tattoo:
Friday C. and I did some shopping (as much as you can do in Ironwood, MI!) and found a first-day-of-school outfit for her, and some bedside lamps for the master bedroom (pics when I get bulbs in them).
Friday night was the first of my reunion festivities. It was an informal gathering at a bar owned by a former classmate's brother. I knew G. would be bored, but I didn't want to go alone, so I dragged my little brother along. It was a REALLY fun time! Unlike my tenth reunion (which I found, at best, kind of awkward), it seemed as though we'd all moved on enough and were happy with where we are in life. I talked to a lot of people who I had not seen for twenty years!
Saturday was a family day at another former classmate's farm. Again, more fun and socializing with my classmates (and spouses) and the kids had a FANTASTIC time! There were pony rides:
And tours of the dairy farm:
(this is a giant pile of sawdust and straw mix--used for the cow's bedding--that all the kids were jumping down and rolling in...)
There was a hayride, baby bunnies, golf carts for the kids to drive, and general fun!
It was a truly exhausting day, though, as is evidenced by M--pictured about 5 minutes after getting in the car:
Saturday night was the actual reunion (posing for the class picture; dinner; reading the class prophecy, etc.), and then we drove back yesterday.
I'm still trying to recover (and do laundry and all that), but it was a very good visit. We'll be back in less than a month!