Last week Thursday I began packing for a giant road trip. Between Friday of last week and now:
* We drove 1747 miles.
* We visited two separate huge families.
* We visited three horses.
* We petted a sheep.
* We have turned in three indexes–a ridiculous amount of work.
* We have had a party at our house.
* And we met our newest nephew, Riley.
Here is the story of the first half of the trip:
On the way to Michigan, we stopped in Pittsburgh to have a late supper at Denny’s with Suz. Mary seemed interested in Suz and sat in her lap for a while. Eventually Mary became extremely squirmtastic.
The night that we arrived (well, we arrived at about 7:30 a.m.; that night, much later) we went to Ryan’s parents’ house to crash their 29th anniversary party. When we got there, beer pong was underway:
The next day (after a much-needed but insufficient sleep) we went over to Conor’s aunt Janice’s house for a barbecue. Janice had recently acquired an inflatable backyard pool, which was set up. Conor took Mary in, but she thought it was too cold (straight from the hose).
The temperature didn’t stop the other kids. Noelle sprayed Conor’s pant leg. Conor said, “Great. Now it looks like I wet myself.” Noelle said, “No, THIS looks like you wet yourself,” and suited the action to the words.
Then, on Monday, we drove to Climax to visit my family. We arrived midafternoon, earlier than my mom expected, and there was no one home–so we had to call Grandma Swarthout for guidance on how we might get into the house. But then my mom arrived and went into Grandma Mode:
Then we drove back to Saginaw. More to follow…including pictures of the newest nephew!