Monday, July 20, 2009

Our Trip To Nebraska

We left for Nebraska bright and early Friday, July 10th. The trip to my Grandma's house in Campbell is 700 miles and takes about 12 hours to drive. We knew we would have to stop more than usual. The first stop was just 20 miles down the road in West, TX. We stopped and bought 2 dozen kolaches for 7 people... two of those people only eat pured food.

The next stop was just past the Texas border. We stopped at the Winstar Casino so I could feed the boys and Jason could get in a little black jack. My Mom stayed in the car to help me. When we were done we ventured into the casino to find a bathroom and the rest of our travel group. My Mom and I walked through the entire casino to the bathrooms that we were directed to by a casino employee. She held both boys while I went to the bathroom and then we switched. While I was waiting for her a nice older lady who worked at the casino told me that she was going to have to escort us out because the boys were not allowed to be in the casino. I could not have counted the number of employees we walked by who didn't say a thing to us. Half of them even talked to us and told me how cute the boys are. We laughed that the boys got kicked out of their first casino.

Jenny, Kase and I rode in he middle row.

And Kyle and my Mom rode in the back row.

I took this picture of myself so that Kyle could see me on the display of the camera. My Mom would press the button to display the picture and he would stop crying. As soon as the display went black he would start crying again. They played that game for like 10 minutes.... hey, it got us a little further down the road!
We got to my Grandma's house right at 7pm. Everyone was very impressed with the good time that we made. The baby lovin' started as soon as we walked in the door!

Due to limited space in the car, we had to leave the boys' plastic bath tub at home. So they got to take a bath in the big tub. The absolutely LOVED it. They were hilarious to watch.

On Sunday, most of my aunts, uncles and cousins drove to Campbell for a little family reunion . We never do anything too fancy... just food and family mostly! I love it! My cousin, Ashley, loves babies so we had a built in babysitter while she was there. Kyle and Kase both loved her.

While everyone was together we wanted to get a picture of all the great grandkids. Just another one of those things that goes better in my head than in real life! Here are seven of the 11 great grandchildren... most not very happy to be taking a picture.Nevaeh and Kase were particularly upset! Cute even when crying!
I love this one of Grant! Poor little thing!
How big is Owen? THIS BIG!
Jared, Grant and Kase in much better moods just minutes later.

Grandma and Jenna. Jenna is just a couple weeks older than Kyle and Kase, but quite a bit bigger! I have a feeling it won't always be that way!
All the grandchildren and great grandchildren in attendance. There were still quite a few missing. There are tons of us!

Kyle going for the leaves. He is such an investigator.

Homemade ice cream and apple (and rhubarb - yuck) pies for dessert. Shelby got stuck dishing ice cream, but was happy to do it.

Sitting and talking in the upstairs kitchen... there are two... it takes two kitchens to keep this many people fed! Lot of time is always spent around this table. We usually stay up way too late talking.
The jumperoos came to Nebraska. Kyle and Kase love to jump there too!

Logan wanted to hold a baby. He did really well.
Good thing I remembered to pack swim trunks! The boys spent one afternoon in the pool in the back yard. They still love the water!

We drove about three hours north to visit my Dad's parents in O'Neil, NE. After lunch, we sat around the living room and talked and played with the boys on the floor.

Back in Campbell the next day, Mom and Grandma were getting a kick out of the boys talking to each other.

We attempted to turn Grandma's living room into a day care as well.
Devin and Logan got to go swimming too.

Kase was very interested in Jared's video game.

One more picture with Great Grandma before we left Thursday morning.
We had such a good time. I only wish we lived closer so we could see everyone more often. Good thing there is another Texas wedding in November. We won't have to wait an entire year to see everyone again.

A big thanks to everyone in Nebraska for taking us in... and feeding us! My mouth still waters thinking about all the good food we ate. We love you guys!

1 comment:

Laura said...

Oh my gosh...the pool pics made my day!