about a month later, let’s see if I can give the vacation report:
as reported earlier, the travels back and forth went very, very well. thanks again to all who prayed and to God who blessed us far more than we were hoping. the first leg of the trip was up to Michelle’s sister’s place near Philadelphia, where we stayed for a weekend. the kids had a great time with their cousins (and the cats), and while things got a little crazy now and then (as would be expected with a 5-year-old, three 3-year-olds (almost) and a 1½ year-old – not to mention 4 of us crazy grownups) I think we can safely say a good time was had by all. it’s always a cool thing to have all the cousins in one place and having fun together.
a highlight of the trip was visiting both of Alice’s namesakes in one day. we stopped by Grampy and Alice’s place for a nice morning together. they’re both over 90 but still going relatively strong. the kids had a good time playing with both of their great-grand parents and it was clear that Grampy and Alice were delighted. actually little Alice was in a bit of a mood, probably because we woke her up early, but overall it was so nice to spend some good times with them. Michelle especially liked showing the kids the playhouse that she used to play in.
then, after a brief stop to see Aunt Liz’s new place, we were off to New Jersey to see Alice’s other namesake (for her middle name): great-grandma Wiegers. thankfully both kids slept for the whole ride, so they were well-rested for hanging out with Gram at the Holland Home. Gram is about to turn 90, and she’s slowing down a bit, but she was clearly very happy to see all of us and the kids had a great time with her too. she had a bunch of stuffed-animals that everyone had fun with, and Alice was hamming it up by walking around with a basket on her head. my parents and sister and cousin Doug and his new baby were there too, so it was quite a family gathering.
more on the rest of our travels later. and maybe someday I’ll get pics up.