We don't just have "vacations" around here. We have "radical vacations", "splishy splashy vacations" and now a "Wiscon-cation" (vacation in Wisconsin ;-) ). We were really only out of town for barely four days, but I'm pretty sure we packed about nine days worth of fun into that short time.
It's not that often that we make it over to Eau Claire to see the Anderson's, so the kids especially were pumped! The big kids skipped our usual afternoon quiet time and instead played hard with their cousins (while Asher and Bryndel napped) all afternoon. Lots of running around in their backyard, playing with a pile of flashlights in the pitch dark downstairs, sprinting through sprinklers, eating popcicles, splashing in 'flooded' Carson Park, and playing on the beach of Lake Altoona.
Savannah mastered the art of swinging on the monkey rings and dropping 'all the way down' to the ground by herself.
Jeremiah taught Hadley all about LEGO Ninjago.
The big girls all had a great big birthday party for their American Girl dolls.
(then kept them in a safe spot while they ran off to play)
I quickly lost track of how many times Asher held his little hands out, with his shoulders shrugged, asking "peh-bih-boooo???". Always wanting to go back for just one more peek at Uncle Kyle's Caribou on the wall.
My little brother, Jordan, works 3rd shift so we saw slightly different hours of him than anyone else. Savannah had been pondering his schedule for a while and during snuggles one night said, "Isn't that so silly that Uncle Jordan be's awake a night while we're sleeping?? That is just so silly."
The kids sure had a good time with him while he was awake though. He gave them this Styrofoam airplane to glide around in the backyard. It provide lots of enetertainment!
My sister and her fiancée, Michael, just recently moved to a little house in the country (so cute!) and they have quite the garden in the backyard. Needless to say, Brooklyn jumped right in (literally) and gobbled up lots of fresh strawberries!
We also took a nice (muddy, wet) walk through a little 'pasture' to get to a little creek that runs out back (and of course Savannah gets the royal treatment from Michael by being carried the whole way). Asher sure knows how to test my nerves when it comes to peeking over the edge of any kind of height! Lil' stinker.
Savannah managed to stop playing long enough to gaze out Auntie Kiki's window, thinking about who knows what. (I'm sure she was thinking "I wish we could have apple trees, berry trees, raspberry bushes, strawberries, and a massive garden like Auntie kiki!") -- oh wait. That's me. ;-)