At the beginning of January Rob, Gabe and I took the chance to visit family in Michigan, namely Bill. By that time we knew things were moving much faster than expected and that we many not have another chance to visit. Zion, Gideon, and Elias got to stay with their “Tantie” while we were gone.
The first day is all flying. One of our layovers (yes, I said one of) is in San Francisco and we found this cute kids area that had interact science displays. My favorite was the Aeolian wind tub, using the handle you can change the direction of the fan and watch how it effects the sand. I want one of these in my house!
Eventually we land in Cleveland where we have a hotel for the night. In the morning we start the 3 1/2 hour drive to Rob’s hometown. On the way we see a trucker driving his semi with his knees so he can eat a sub sandwich. A wee bit frightening.
The first day is all visiting with family but in the morning Rob and I go for a walk. I wish we’d had more time because I’m in love with old barns, especially red ones, and you can find them in abundance around there. Sometimes red sheds too.
Bill and Gabe play that game where they try to slap each others’ hands. Goofballs.
Later we take a drive and even later than that we play games.
The next day is Sunday and we are invited to attend church. The kids looked so nice I couldn’t resist a few pictures. Codi, Tristan and Brook:
Then we wanted to show Gabe the local park where all the bridges are made out of cement. It’s really interesting.
At lunch Tristan convinces me to try the meatball sub at Subway. Mmmm, it’s been a long time. Yum.
After that break we visit with Freda who was a grandmother figure to Rob when he was young. She’s a firecracker!
Our last event of the day is to follow Codi to go visit her mom, Shelley, we were greeted by coyote howls and spooky trees – loved it!
Our last day, boy it went fast! A few pics before we leave. Rob and his brother, Carl:
Carl, Rob and Bill:
Bill’s wife, Joyce:
*sigh* Too short, it was good to see family and especially Bill. The only thing that’s left is another long day of travel home. But God treats me with a gorgeous sunset on the way home. It sure does last a long time when you’re flying west.