Back from vacation....

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Back from vacation....

Hi, friends.

Well, we survived! Yahoo.

We returned late on Monday from our nearly two week trek across the country. We drove from Colorado to Nashville, TN and then to NW Indiana. It was lots of fun, we saw tons of extended family and our kids had a blast playing with many many cousins.

And they were real troopers in the car. 18 hours to Nashville. 8 to NW Indiana. 17 back to Colorado....oy! They were rockstars-- letting us log legs of more than 4 hours between stops. But now we feel like we need to upgrade from our minivan to something bigger....Jon and Kate mini-bus maybe? I'm only half kidding.....

I have a load of pictures-- but here are just a few of the treasures.

We spent some time fishing with family and Miles caught the first fish. The girls refused to hold it-- so did Miles. But Lexi insisted that she hold it. "Hold da ish!"

The big kids with their great great grandmother-- she is 98 and still lives alone. Though I'm not sure how much longer she'll be able to do that-- she was in a lot of pain while we were with her (her back is giving her trouble....)

We played dress up/fashion show with cousins--lol at Lexi

We rode on pontoon boats and swam in pools and lakes.....so much fun with family.

All in all we are grateful for the time we had with family but also elated to be home in our own beds and back to some kind of schedule before school starts on the 22nd.

We also celebrated Taya's 8th birthday-- where does the time go?!?!?

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Such cute pictures! LOVE the expression on Lexi's face as she's holding that fish.. such serious concentration! Smile I was looking at them with Grady on my lap, and when I pointed out that Lexi had a fish, he commanded "grady hold pish!" so I think he would have been right there with Lexi! Wink Oh and the pic of dressup, Grady pointed to each of the big girls and said 'awake'.. 'awake'... 'awake'... then for Lexi - "baby ableep" and then he made a snoring sound. Wink

TFS and glad you had a great vacation - sounds like quite the road trip! I wouldn't have the courage to tackle that much road time myself.. we have 'how much longer???????" on a 1.5 hour trip to the beach, so I can't imagine! Wink

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Great pics, Audra! Glad to hear you guys had such a great trip! Enjoy the rest of the summer.

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YOU WERE IN NASHVILLE??? WHAT..lol I live 15 minutes out of Nashville, soooo would have met up with you chickie!! Glad you guys had a great time, LOVE the pics!!

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You are such a trooper to log that many hours in the car. It does look like you had a great time, though. Your pics always make me want to go on trips with your family! Thanks for sharing them.

"Suzie-0225" wrote:

YOU WERE IN NASHVILLE??? WHAT..lol I live 15 minutes out of Nashville, soooo would have met up with you chickie!! Glad you guys had a great time, LOVE the pics!!

I live 2.5 hours out of Nashville and might have joined the two of you! Suzie, I really can't believe we haven't met yet. We drive from Knoxville to Nashville several times during the year. Jessi isn't that far away, either. Chattanooga might be a good place to meet up one of these days. And those of you who visit Gatlinburg or Sevierville, we should meet up, too!

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Beautiful pics! Glad you had a great time and are home safe. Happy 8th birthday to Taya! And your great grandmother looks awesome! Good genes! Blum 3

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Awesome pictures, so glad you had a great vacation!

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We missed you Audra! Glad to have you back.

You can definitely tell Callie and Lexi are sisters. LOL! My big, Jackson, turned 8 too! It's hard to fathom, isn't it? LOOK OUT THIRD GRADE, HERE THEY COME! As always, your children are beautiful and it looks like your family is having a great time. I don't understand why you couldn't have made a stop in SW Ohio. I would have loved to meet you!

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Love the pix, glad it was a fun smooth trip! Your grandmom looks FABULOUS!!!!!

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Oh, and YES I would have loved to have a 'meet-up'. Im about 1 hour away from Chattanooga!

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Great pictures! Looks like it was a great time!

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LURKER***Audra---Long time so see or talk. I can not believe how big the kids are getting and of course they are as cute as ever (If not cuter Wink ) Hope all is well with you guys!

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We missed you chica!! I love all the pictures and Lexi cracks me up, she's such a little ham!!