Too much fun crammed into too few days. That's how I would describe our Labor day vacation. We started things off with a real bang when Casey and Steven were playing catch outside. Steven tossed the ball to Casey who thinking it prudent to stand in front of the cars missed the ball and the ball went right through our van window. Luckily it was our own car, and luckily Stevo is a nice guy and paid for half the repair. We did get to drive around for a few days with cardboard taped over the missing window (I wish I would have gotten a picture of that).
We all went over to the school and played one day. It was pretty fun because the guys played ball, the kids played crazy, and the women folk sat and chatted. We were pretty lucky to have nice weather the whole time. We got to swim one of the days, but then it cooled down and we were able to enjoy the great outdoors sans water. I tried to get a picture of each of the kids while we were at the park. Some of them turned out better than others, I think Hanny's and Addie's were best...
So I had this great idea for a picture of my parents and my sisters on the springy animals, but my mom wouldn't do it, so I had to have Miles fill in. Oh well, Hannah looks nice, and my Dad isn't fooling anyone (we all know he's not really sitting on that thing).
The weather cooled off enough to get some use out of the fire pit. It was so fun. Who doesn't love making s'mores and trying to avoiding the smoke. My good friend Elaine and her family recently moved to Louisville, so we got the special treat of having them come spend the day.
The kids always have such a great time at Nana and Grampy's house. Miles got to help Grampy and Casey fix the tree house (he thought that was pretty awesome). Casey took Ender in the pool for the first time. We made homemade ice cream (I can't get enough). Porter, Maya, and Bennett loved picking treats from Nana's store (a fun new tradition). Nana and Grampy took the kids to a movie which everyone loved (Cars 2).
The adults had a great time also. There was lots of throwing ball among the men in the family, an some corn hole. We all played a few rounds of Vampire (a big group game). The girls snuck away for a trip to the fabric store where we stocked up on fabric to make a few skirts (we ran out of time and didn't actually get the skirts made, but that'll just give us an excuse to get together again soon).
It's always so fun to get together, and it always seems like there isn't enough time, but this time seemed even more so. I kept wishing we could have stayed just a few more days!