We're finally back from vacation, and I have the final installment of pictures to post. I think I left off on the beach, right?
After that, we took the kids to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I've never been to either, but since Silje will be studying a bit about immigrants this fall, we thought it would be a fun place to go.
The kids probably most enjoyed the ferry out to the different islands!
Although, Silje probably liked the Barbie exhibit at Ellis Island the best, with Barbies from around the world.
You know, like the Chinese Barbie,
and one of Mommy's favorite, the Norwegian Barbie:
The museum was a bit difficult to navigate with strollers, but it was really fun, and they've done so much good restoration in the last few decades. To be honest, Knut and I probably enjoyed this more than the kids, but to be fair, the kids did amazingly well, and we were so proud of them.
David was my only willing person to pose with Lady Liberty. We had a little lunch on the lawn here, and then headed back "home."
We wished we could have hit New York City after our this excursion, but the kids were nearing meltdown, and the babies had barely slept and the pregnant mommy was feeling a bit weak, so we headed home. Maybe next time.
The next day, we just went to church, and enjoyed being with each other, for one last day. Elias is a baby hog, and loves to smother babies with love, so we had to keep a close eye on him!
It was very very tough to say goodbye, but Monday morning, we headed for Michigan.
We stayed at my cousin Jen's house, along with her husband and 7 children (all 9 and under). The kids were in heaven with so many playmates to play with, and so much room to play around! We stayed there all day Tuesday, and the kids had fun taking care of their horse, jumping on the trampoline, and they even put on a little program for all of us adults, just like Jen, her sister and my siblings used to do for my parents. Man, it brought back memories! I haven't seen my Uncle and Aunt who live across the corn field from Jen, or her sister Bethany (who we found out is now nicknamed "Bootie"...a trend started by Jen's husband) for close to 20 years, so it was a very happy reunion. They used to all come and visit us in Colorado when I was a child every year and we always had a ton of fun.
Knut has never really gotten to know anyone from my dad's side of the family, and was totally smitten with all of them, so again, this was yet another destination that was tough to leave.
(SHHHHH!!!! Don't tell Grandpa, but Elias rode a Deere there.)
They had a girl, "Libby" who was just Silje's age. They were inseparable the entire time, and Libby let her where matching p.j.'s with her the last night. Libby also let her sleep with her American Girl doll, which I think was a really big deal.
Waking her up early Wednesday morning to leave, she was in tears, saying she didn't want to go. I must say my eyes teared up as well, as I just told her "me neither, Hunny. Me neither."
The ride home was very long as we decided to drive around the Upper Peninsula, but it was so beautiful that it was well worth it.
We stopped for lunch on the beach of Lake Michigan, and it could not have been a more perfect day.
We didn't get home until midnight, and yesterday we spent the day recovering and trying to clean up. With us having a tough time leaving each stop we were at, I was surprised how relieved I felt to sleep in my own bed again, and be in my own home.
The kids are anxious to start homeschooling this Monday, and our garden is still being taken over by pumpkins. I think we're going to have to beat that plant back daily now until they are ripe. Anyone who lives near us, don't buy pumpkins this year. Come take ours. Our record of 19 pumpkins last year will be a joke this year. We have way way too many! As I'm typing this, the kids and Knut are picking apples, so I think life will continue to be busy as we are preparing everything for winter. Our 10 tomato plants are extremely heavy with green balls right now too, so I better clear my schedule. Ahh, it's good to be home!