The reason for our road trip . . . . these two wonderful people - my Grandparents.
We have never lived close.
They had never met my children.
They had met Jason one time but he wasn't in the family yet.
I haven't seen them in --- let's just say it's been a long time.
It was so very special to introduce them to my kids.
I was nervous about how long we'd actually be able to spend at their place with four kids but it went amazingly well.
We stayed for 5 1/2 hours.
Ian is the same height as Grandma - we all got a kick out of that.
We had Grandpa laughing for a little while.
The kids drew pictures to give her and then Coleson pulled out his t-ball picture. He had packed one to give to her - I didn't even know it.
Memories are a strange thing.
I remembered the barn on the yard as a lot bigger.
Seeing my kids play with the same toys I used to play with in the basement was weird.
The pictures all over the house told so many stories.
The kids got a good laugh out of many of the pictures - Coleson was able to pick out Grammy (my mom) in a line up of all 6 Aunts and 7 grandkids senior pictures.
He said, "There she is, Grammy 's the one with the hair that goes down and flips up."
While saying it he demonstrated it with his fingers - so funny.
To me my Grandma hadn't changed much - yes older but still Grandma; super sharp lady.
I don't think Grandpa knew me but you could tell he enjoyed our visit.
He walked around the yard and told Jason some things about the farm.
And he wears the cutest shoes ever for a 89 year old man.
Now when the kids get cards and presents from Great Grandma and Grandpa they'll know who it's from.
We stayed at my Aunt and Uncles.
This was definitely a house for boys.
They got to ride a little motorcycle.
We turned the video camera off right as an "america's funniest home video" event occurred.
Coleson slowed and put his foot down to stop the bike but then somehow hit the gas again sending the bike forward and a tree branch sent him flat of his butt off of the bike.
Other than taking the wind out of him for a moment he was fine.
Knowing he was ok - it was hilarious.
The kids are always wanting to send in a video to that show and this could have been one to send.
Then Sunday we spent the day with my aunt and uncle at the river tubing, sitting by a fire, jet skiing and just hanging out.
It was so much fun.
Every single one of the kids loved being out on the tube.
The kids are now wanting a motorcycle for Christmas and they want to go tubing again.
Thanks Scott and Colleen for sharing all your toys and letting us crash at your house!!!
We had not planned on all the adventures but it made the trip memorable and fun!