They met us at the airport waving happy meal bags out of the window for the kids. Needless to say, the kids had a wonderful time.
|Had a waterfight right after arriving. Perfect way for the kids to wind down after a day of travel! Kate loved watering (drowning?) all of Gramp's plants while we were there all week long.|
|Love this shot -- what cool grandparents my kids have!|
Sunday was Father's Day and the kids gave Aaron and Gramps matching ties. Kate also made a felt tie for Aaron in nursery. We ate delicious steaks for dinner which were great...until they made Lana sick through the night and the next day :( While Lana was recovering Aaron and I took the kids to the local pool which they loved. That night Finn wanted to go fishing again so we took the whole fam. The fishing pond was so picturesque, I'm sad I didn't get any snapshots or video there. It was straight out of a feel-good 1950's movie: little hidden valley with a fishing pond, boardwalk surround, playground, lots of green, setting sun, train passing by on a trestle bridge...the cast from Sandlot would have fit right in.
Tuesday it was time for the Columbus Zoo! Saw a lot of active animals, especially the gorillas which were Kate's favorite. Got a train ride, boat ride, carousel ride, and left before we got grumpy...who could ask for anything more?
|Finn LOVES maps. It was so cute to see him stop to consult his map over and over again at the zoo.|
|Gramps and Kate on the boat ride.|
|Sea turlte came right up to the glass!|
We went over to Johnson Farm first, which is actually out of the way but SO WORTH IT. I was not prepared for the spirit I would feel there.
|Johnson Farm outside of Hiram, Ohio. Joseph Smith preached from these very steps!|
Thursday we took the kids to a splash pad for lunch...which actually wasn't splashing at the time...but it was still fun. The rest of the day was filled with more back-yard water fights and playing in the kid-paradise basement. Then we capped off the day at the local ice cream parlor.
|The morning was overcast and the perfect temperature. Great exercise and great fun!|
|Couldn't resist this picture taken right where we loaded up the kayaks. The sign says "Please help us keep the Parks clean, thank you." Ha!|
|Loved this covered bridge!|
|In case you can't tell, they're related. Besides their looks, they have SOOO much in common which is really interesting to me since Aaron lived with his mom most of his childhood. Both just really great guys.|
|Genu-ine Amish man workin' the land!|
|Lana was so nice to give Kate a little birthday celebration that night. She got some polly pockets and a care bear and was in heaven. Finn even got some Pokemon cards. Did I mention these grandparents rule?|