We went to visit Grammie and Papa at a tractor show. We went on a wagon ride to see the biggest deer in the world (I think I have that right). We even had the privilege of feeding him marshmallows. I forgot my camera on the wagon so I didn't get any pictures of the big guy. Sorry.
When we got back from the wagon ride the kids had some fun on the pedal tractors for a while.
While Owen and Lilly were at Gramma and Grampa Camp, they stopped and picked us up some blueberries so we could freeze them to eat this winter. A favorite snack around here. I only asked once if they wanted to help. The answer was a resounding, "YES!"
The pair set right to work putting their berries into a bag with great enthusiasm.
Owen filled several bags and concentrated hard the whole time. Lilly put about 10 handfuls in her bag and then set to work eating the scrumptious morsels.
Owen: "Mom, come see this bug in my sandbox!"
Me: "Is it a big bug or a little bug?"
Owen: "Um, little"
Me: "Why do you try to catch it and bring it over to me because I can't get up right now. I'm feeding Gibson."
Owen: "Ok, I don't know if I can"
Owen: "Whoa!!! Lilly catch-ed the bug!"
Lilly is grinning from ear to ear and giggling over her catch. She is holding a LOCUST (about the length of my pinkie finger) with a little stick. She even did a little jig.
Owen rushes over to take a better look at the bug, and Lilly shoves it in his face...making Owen jump back. Lilly thinks his reaction is hilarious, so she tries a repeat. Both kids are laughing so hard as they bring the so called "little bug" over for me to see.
The two were entertained by Mr. Locust for quite some time this evening. I love watching them begin to play together more and more.
Our last night...I think we all would stay longer if we could...especially now that Lilly is in better spirits. But, our last night was spent in perfect summer style. Hot dogs over the campfire for dinner and then out for ice cream.
Lilly wanted to do her hot dog like Daddy and Owen. She got it on the roasting stick and decided it was just right for eating as is. Goofy girl.
Ice cream, anyone? Be careful when and how loud you say that word around this family.
I'm sure Gibson will change his mind about it next year.
His main mode of transportation. Sure made him feel like a big boy speeding through the campground.
You wouldn't guess it by most of the previous pictures, but this lil' girl had a time this week. Fever for a couple days, no appetite, whiny whiny, vomiting in the middle of the night, and then finding out she had hand-foot-mouth disease. Poor girl. She was plumb wore out. (and she RARELY falls asleep anywhere but her bed)
While his brother and sister took naps in the afternoon, he soaked up one on one time with Mommy and Daddy. He was a great trooper this week...taking naps on the go so Owen and Lilly could play.
The "little lake"--at Lakeside Cabins. This was the Owen and Lilly's favorite place to play in the water this year. They both became more confident and comfortable in the water. Lots of running, splashing, jumping, and playing in the sand.
Owen LOVED playing with the boats and pushing them around in the water.
We went on several kayak rides during our stay--one of Lilly's favorite activities.
This girl loved her puddle jumper!
Mommy and Lilly swimming after jumping off the dock.
Owen pushing Daddy off the dock.
Gibson--you've been so content taking in all the new surroundings and watching all the activity around you. I bet you can't wait to enjoy it in a more "hands on" sort of way next year. :)
We went back to the the "big beach"--Lake MI (the "little beach" is at our cabin) for a couple hours the next day. Owen loved the water. Lilly thought the water was too cold for her liking, but eventually got used to the sand. Gibson took a snooze in his car seat and then just hung out and watched his older siblings play.