What could be better than two weeks with your newly-retired grandparents to do all the fun things you wanted? Exactly. Though my parents were worried about keeping up with Misha and Sebby's energy, I think they did a fine job - and possibly even outlasted them.
In the evenings, the kids called us to chat about their adventures. Canoeing at the nature center was a big hit - they even loved scooping out a bit of water leaking in!
Green and serene.
I love the matching hats.
Next up: fishing on Uncle Gary's boat. They both caught fish, not to mention another turtle!
Also at Gary's: BB gun target practice on tin cans! They even brought back the can to show me their marksmanship.
A day at the Kids Museum:
McCrory Gardens with Nara, who got to spend some more time with her cousins:
Chilling at home time:
Keeping Grandpa in shape...
Of course, they did many more things than just that! They even kept a log, which extended through several sheets of paper:
Chess, whittling, wooden top tossing, nature walks, biking, and much more.
And as for Josh and me, what were we up to? We spent romantic nights assembling several bookshelves and a mini chest of drawers we ordered off Amazon (aka Legos for adults), filling the shelves with our beloved books, and reorganizing every room in the house. It looked amazing!
After the two weeks were up, it was time for another mega-road-trip to meet for the kid swap. Time to load up on the podcasts.
|A monument that caught Mom's eye in OKC.
Since Kent and Connie so generously offered their house as a meeting point in Tecumseh, OK, we were happy to accept. Josh and I drove up, while Grandma and Grandpa embarked upon an adventurous road trip with two backseat companions and no GPS. After song singing, graveyard joke-telling, and Reader's Digest anecdotes, they made it in one piece. Josh and I pulled up shortly after, the kids dancing and jumping around our car like farm dogs eager to see who has arrived. The evening was spent relaxing and talking, and I believe eating a considerable amount of cake.
The next morning, we got to sample Connie's fabulous dairy products (fresh goat's milk and homemade Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and chevre cheese), eat breakfast together, and tour the farm. The kids remembered the goat-milking and the treehouse from last year - both big hits worth repeating.
|A fresh, delicious breakfast.
|Sebastian and Grandpa. Is that a wink?
|Kent on his beautiful land
|Oh, what a beautiful morning in Oklahoma!
|Connie with her affectionate goats.
|And even Grandma!
Just like last time, the kids loved the chance to milk a real goat. What pros!
All too soon, it was time to load up the car for the drive back to Houston - with some goat milk and chevre safely tucked in our cooler.
And that concludes our momentous summer road trip!