We had a very nice trip to MI and managed to fit quite a bit into a week and still have time to relax. The many pics below (taken with my lousy point & shoot camera since I didn't want to risk damaging my nice one) show some of the highlights from the trip.
One thing we didn't get any pics of though was our floating trip down the Au Sable River. My parents, Jody, Ava and I had four floaty lounge-chair type things that we tied together and floated down the river. Ava sat on daddy's lap for most of the float, then came over to join me and baby brother for the end of it. It was a lot of fun, though got a bit chilly at the end when the wind started picking up.
I also feel bad because I didn't get any good pics of Ava playing with her grandparents, mostly because when she was occupied with them, I was off doing something else. She had a lot of fun with them though - helping water flowers, picking vegetables in the garden, going for wagon rides around the neighborhood and reading books.
Jody got to golf a couple times with my dad, which was fun for him because he never golfs, but also made him realize how much practicing he'd need to do to be any good. ;)
It was nice to spend some time with my parents and not feel rushed to go do this, that or the other thing, which is usually how our visits go because there's always some big function planned. They seem really happy and settled in their place in Oscoda.
On our last day in MI, we travelled back down state (since we were flying out of Detroit Airport) and stopped by my aunt, uncle and cousins' house for lunch, then briefly saw my brother at his house before getting to the airport to catch our flight home. The flight was delayed about an hour and a half - first, waiting on the flight attendants, then, after they loaded us on the plane, waiting for the pilot (doh!). But we had a safe, uneventful flight home. :)
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A perfect day (though a little windy) at Lake Huron - 8/13/06:
Going swimming in the big lake - 8/13/06:
Practicing her golf swing with daddy (though after the way he golfed this week, it should've been grandma or grandpa helping her!) - 8/13/06:
We had s'more at a campfire in grandma and grandpa's backyard (grandma and Aunt Carrie in the pic too) - 8/13/06:
At Foote Dam (with grandpa) - 8/14/06:
Chasing the fishies (minnows) down at "Three Pipes" on the Au Sable River - 8/15/06:
Looking for more fishies - 8/15/06:
Being a little fishy herself - 8/15/06:
Swimming with daddy - 8/15/06:
On the beach at Negwegon State Park (a beautiful secluded beach on the way to Alpena) - 8/17/06:
Rock thrower - 8/17/06:
In her own little world, exploring the beach - 8/17/06:
Walking on the beach with mommy - 8/17/06:
Stopping to check out the view (while Ava slept in the car) - 8/17/06:
Picking blueberries (she ate most of what she picked, right off the bushes) - 8/18/06:
Ava showing off a freshly-picked blueberry - 8/18/06:
Taking a break from picking to smile with grandma - 8/18/06:
Modeling the new tutu grandma and mommy made - 8/18/06:
Our family (in front of grandma and grandpa's house) before the drive down state to the airport - 8/19/06:
Time to say good-bye to grandma and grandpa before we fly home to CO (at the airport in Detroit) - 8/19/06:
It's good to be home (I confess I missed my bed and body pillow), though we're not settled back into our groove yet. Ava and I went to a grape jelly canning "party" this morning at a friend's house. I'd never canned anything myself before so it was cool to see how it's all done and I'm excited to taste the jar of jelly we brought home. :)
I can't believe that I'll be 28 weeks along this week!! I'm really getting close to the end and I don't feel ready at all. I have both a midwife appointment and acupuncturist appointment this week. I'm also going to look into seeing a chiropractor a time or two before baby boy comes to make sure I'm well-aligned. I've never been before, but I know it certainly can't hurt.
In other news, my sister is all moved into her apartment just a few miles from our house. :) We've seen her more times in the past few days than we have in the last year I think! She goes for her school (3rd year law) orientation tomorrow.
Well, the kiddo is going down for a nap, and I have things to do, so that's all for now.