Friday, September 12, 2014

Summer Visit from Grandma Candy

The last time we went to visit Jason's parents and relatives in the U.P. was when Ava was a few months old. Sooooo needless to say, it's been wayyyyyy too long. It was a tough trip. And that's putting it nicely. We had a great time visiting relatives but the tough part was keeping Austin happy and occupied throughout our visits. I don't expect everyone's home to be toddler proof nor that they have all his favorite toys. And we certainly didn't do the best of job of packing all the right stuff either. I didn't get any sleep as usual so it left me with a bad taste in my mouth about heading back so soon. I was hoping the kids would get better in regards to traveling in the car, but what was I thinking!? That never happens, right!?

Ok so enough back story. Grandma Candy was dying to see her grandchildren and who could blame her!? So she planned a trip during July when Kirk was going to be home from Seattle (he works there and comes home to the U.P. about one weekend a month).

She always does a good job of asking what the kids are 'into' so she can bring them a few presents.

Austin is in love with all things sharks. She brought him the absolutely bestest present ever! A large plush shark. And shark tattoos. And a shark backpack. And they wouldn't go together unless he wore his favorite shark shirt. Duh!

 We had such a great weekend. We spent Saturday at the Byron Center Days Parade and Festival.
 Kirk always holds a special place in his heart for Lily. He loves dogs! And who wouldn't love a fat, snuggly, snorting pug dog??
 Lily!! These pictures were supposed to be of just Candy and Kirk! I can hear her now 'Thank goodness someone is FINALLY scratching me'.

 This picture couldn't have come at better timing. I just ordered Austin's invitations for his 4th birthday party. It's a shark birthday party. Are you surprised?
 Mom! Take a picture of just the shark! He's gonna bite you!!!
He didn't let that shark out of his sight for weeks! It went with him everywhere! Teenage mutant ninja turtles took over his next obsession for a while but Sharks trumped over them for his birthday theme. I was shocked when he picked that over TMNT only because all of his friends are having ninja turtle parties. I'm secretly happy because the shark theme is something you can really sink your teeth into! (ba dump shhhh, or however you spell that symbol sound!)

So off we go to the U.P. in just a few weeks to visit again. Start the prayers now that we all survive the 7 hour car ride. I better start doing some sleep training....for myself. Or start stocking up on Benadryl!
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