Monday, July 25, 2011

To Grandma's House We Go....

Grandma Wood and Collin in Michigan.

The boys on the St. Joseph River in Grandpa's boat.

Captain Cooper and his assistant, Grandpa.

Chris and Great Grandpa Hopper. He's always wearing a smile! ( Makes us wonder what he's up to!)

Caleb at the St. Joseph, Michigan Children's Museum.

Who's more ferocious?

In case Chris opts out of medicine, he might have a future working birthday parties and street fairs.

(Below) The adults had a little too much fun with the face paint!



















(Below) Also in Michigan, the boys posed in a beloved car.

We dressed the four boys alike just to help find them in a crowd. I think they look rather adorable (and spirited).

Chris and Collin at the Shedd Aquarium.

Collin and Connor pose outside the aquarium.

Afterwards, they begged to run through a street fountain (fully dressed). We let them, and loved seeing their smiles as they ran between sprays.

The two boys together.

Almost a week ago, we headed north to South Bend. We arrived to Chris's parents' house, bearing grandsons. The boys wasted no time making memories with their grandparents. Favorites included:

-boat ride with Grandpa on the St. Joseph river,
-swimming at the neighbor's pool,
-loving on Hannah (Great Grandpa Hopper's dog),
-catching fireflies,
-visiting St. Joseph, Michigan with Grandma Wood, and
-savoring time with family.

I adored lounging on a comfy chair on the Wood's back patio with a perfect view of the St. Joseph River. The river currents carried a parade of boaters, skiers and aquatic wildlife. As the river splashes against their dock, a sense of calm washed over me. I began to believe the saying prominently displayed in the Wood House: Heaven is a little bit closer when you live by the water.

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After a few days with family, we rushed in a trip to Chicago to visit the Shedd Aquarium. The boys eyes were as big as saucers as they gazed at all sort of aquatic wildlife, from starfish to beluga whales.

The crowd was thick, and Chris and I spent most of our time counting children and keeping our crew together. At one point, I said to Chris, "I don't think we'll see any of the animals, we're just watching children."

Later, I realized that's why we were there. We wanted to see the museum through their eyes; it was amazing.

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Favorite quotes from the trip:

Son: I'm going to report you to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Said after we wouldn't buy him anything from the gift shop.


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