After the wedding festivities were over, it was time to move past Chicago and onto Michigan, where Adrian's family lives.
Michigan is a beautiful place, especially Western Michigan. Glittering lakes, white sand beaches, lush vegetation, all the trees you could ever imagine, produce growing everywhere... We had a fantastic time there.
There were, of course, many games of kickball throughout the week with our cousins. Did I mention that ALL of the cousins were there? Yep. Sixteen children under the age of 12.
We had some wonderful meals together and plenty of ice cream. You can't go wrong with Root Beer Floats!
With that many children around the house, there was definitely some story hour time going on. Aunt Ann knew just what the little ones like!
There was also quite a bit of Detroit Tiger baseball watching going on as well. I think Adrian was in heaven.
It was so nice being all together. We were able to have a few Vesper services together in the living room before we headed to bed in the evenings.
We went to the beach as much as we could. Annie loved playing in the sand. There is just something so wonderful about having warm sand squish inbetween your toes. I think we brought a good portion of that sand home with us in the van.
Of course, you can't go to the beach without burying someone in the sand, and this time it was Peter's turn.
Here are all of the cousins together, minus baby Joel who was asleep in Grandma's arms. Aren't they quite the crew?!? The children had such a fun time together that whole week that it was really hard for them to say goodbye.
A friend of the family took us sailing on Lake Michigan one day. Well, I didn't go sailing because I was afraid I might capsize the boat, but everyone else got a chance to go out. It was a beautiful day to be on the lake.
We tried to stay at Lake Michigan for as long as we could on the days we were there. The sun was just beginning to set as we headed home from one of our beach days. I hung my pregnant self out the window of the van as we were driving home to get this shot.
We even had the chance to catch up with some old friends while we were in Michigan. Adrian's friends, Stephanie and Patty, invited us over for a BBQ one night. Our kids had a great time playing with their kids and we had a nice time visiting together. (Now it's Steph and Patty's turn to come see us! I mean it... we would love to have you!). And our old friends, Sherm and Carla, came up from Ft. Wayne to visit. It was wonderful to see them again as well!
It was really hard, not only for the children to say goodbye to their cousins, but also for Adrian and I to leave. I really, really did not want to get back into that van and drive home.
We had a great time and, most of all, it was relaxing. We were able to spend quite a bit of time with family and even had a chance to visit with old friends. I think we all are looking forward to coming back to Michigan soon!