Last weekend I took Pearl and James to Wisconsin
Because they had a 4 day weekend and because they'd never met my niece, Sarah's, family.
How could that be?
Sarah and Ryan got married in Hawaii (their home at the time). Lee and I went, and left the kids at home.
When Sarah got pregnant with her first baby, she and Ryan moved back to the mainland to be closer to family.
Ryan is from Wisconsin. They chose there for a variety of reasons.
Ryan started his own business and Sarah got right to work as a pediatric nurse.
Bella was born. Then Grayson was born.
As often happens with young families and not so young families (theirs and ours)---we're busy.
We are also separated by 1205.52 miles.
So here it is, almost four years later, and two of my kids are just now meeting Sarah's family.
These are pictures of "who" we saw.
The next post will be of "what" we saw as well.
As usual, many of the photos are by Pearl.
Pearl, James, Grayson and Sarah
Bella's favorite animals at the Green Meadows Petting Farm are the bunnies.
We got there fairly late in the day, so many of the animals were just plain tired.
Momma goat and babies never moved.
She also has to figure out how to feed them with a flat hand. Otherwise, they'll nibble her fingers.
Baby Pumpkin went everywhere with us for the next two days.
After the petting farm, we made a stop at place called Elegant Farmer.
It's a fancy grocery store/bakery that is attached to an apple orchard.
I didn't take any pictures because it was a mad house.
The sunny skies and 80* temps had folks from miles around coming out to enjoy the weather before the snow flies.
They are famous for their apple pies that are baked in paper bags.
We got a couple of those, some cheese curds, a chicken pot pie for dinner, caramel popcorn, beef jerky, and cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.
We got some apples, just to even out the good-t0-bad food ratio. :)
The kids and I stayed in a hotel. We all decided to take advantage of their indoor pool. Bella loves swimming!
I raked a few up and the kids played in them while we snapped pictures.
She's so good with the babies!
They have great parents. Parents who should pat themselves on the back for the great job they're doing.
I know they are sleep deprived and probably constantly question if they are doing the right thing in any given situation. They are.
They work seamlessly together in every part of their parenting and household chores. They both cover all the bases. If one needs a break, the other is happy to make it happen.
I'm so proud of both of them.
I'm so glad two of my kiddos got finally meet them and love them as much as I do.