We are near the end of a two-week Midwest bender. Jordan was right to say – its a trip. Not a vacation. (We’re tired but happy!) I’ll do my best to post pics of all of it.
Wed 7/10 – JNE drive to Pittsburgh and stay with great friends from Notre Dame – the Baltruzaks. (Mollie is Natalie’s first friend from when she is 5 days old. Luke and Elliott hadn’t met yet, but became fast friends)
Thurs 7/11 – Drive to Indy and stay at Doug & Michelle’s. Pool party with awesome and super fun cousins! Hannah (recent college grad), Derek (sophomore in college) and Nathan (high school senior) were all there!
Fri 7/12 – Nana, Pop, and JAC come to Indy too. Erin and Conor fly to Indy.
Sat 7/13 – Cousin Kyle’s and Meghan’s wedding!!!
Sun 7/14 – Day trip to South Bend to see the Kennedys and Busers
Mon 7/15 – Easy day at Nana’s. Lala sleepover.
Tues 7/16 – Pool party at Nana’s!
Wed 7/17 – Anniversary celebration to Hamilton and drinks with friends
Thurs 7/18 – Becky’s birthday! (Erin’s the same age as Becky for 72 hours.) Road trip to Green Bay!
Fri 7/19 – Super hot day. Spent it at a pool with awesome slides. STORMS – see below.
Sat 7/20 – Aunt Lisa’s birthday! We had to bag our plan to go to the cabin b/c of the storms. See below!
Sun 7/21 – My bday. Hang out with Mike, Aunt Lisa & fam. Bay beach. BBQ at Rachel’s.
Mon 7/22 – AM in Green Bay. Drive back to Barrington. Back in the pool and yummy bday dinner – salad nicoise.
Tues 7/23 – J leaves for MA. Lala comes up again.
Wed 7/24 – ENEC flies home
Here’s the Green Bay portion of the trip. Leah came in from Alaska. We spent a ton of time with Becky (the baby lover) and her family. We also got to see some of my cousins – Mike came up from Madison area and Rachel had us all over for a BBQ!
By far the scariest part of the trip was terrible thunderstorms turned into tornado / microburst. Elliott was at his first sleepover up at the cabin an hour away – where a microburst hit and leveled trees about 1/4 mile away from the cabin. He was with Uncle Rob, Aunt Leah, Trevor and Mackenzie. Rob and Leah did an amazing job staying level-headed and protecting the kids from really knowing what was going on. They sang songs during the loudest part of the storm – spoonful of sugar. They slept close together inside the cabin, pulling together mats and cushions from the camper and in the cabin. A tree fell on the roof and took out the power. Jordan, Grandpa, Grandma, Natalie and I had a much easier time, inside a house that kept power and watching The Parent Trap.