Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Our Vacation

We had a great vacation. It started on the 4th of July, and ended on July 13th. I told you what we did at the beginning and posted pictures. Well now, I will update you what we did at the end. On Thursday, July 10th David and I headed down to Melodys. We arrived there around 10:30 a.m. or so. Gage was very excited to see us. We left soon after to go to the Akron Zoo. It is a very nice zoo, and very kid friendly. Gage really enjoyed it. It was so much fun being with him at the zoo.

Then later that evening after dinner, we went swimming. My daughter has a pool. Justin and Britt were there too. They got there in the afternoon. On Friday morning we left at around 7:15 a.m. and headed for Kenneywood in Pittsburgh, PA. It is about 3 hours from my daughter. Justin and Britt followed behind us in her car.Not enough room in our car. We arrived there a little after eleven. We had never been there before. It was a very nice park. Very family oriented with a kids section. I am not into rides very much, but I did ride the carrasouel twice, and two small rides with Gage and David and I rode the train with him. I also rode the log water ride, where I got wet, but it felt so good. It was a great day. Gage had a blast. He rode all of the kiddie rides, plus one adult ride. David and I would watch the kids while Mel and Mike and Justin and Britt rode some. We were there for 12 hours. We didnot leave the park until after 11 p.m. that night. Gage did great, and so did Ali. Of course Gage crashed as soon as he got in the car. We stopped for something to eat on the way home. Then Mike had to take over driving Britts car, and I took over in our car. The one last ride that was ridden, was the Ripcord. Melody, Mike and Britt rode that one. I wanted to get a picture or video of it, but it was to dark, I did try with a video, really can't see but you can hear Melody screaming. They went 185 feet in the air. You couldn't pay me to get on it. Justin would have no part. We arrived back at my daughters at around 3:30 a.m. Got to bed around 4 a.m.

Got up at around 10 or so, of course Melody and the kids were already up. We didn't do a whole lot David and Mike worked on the bathrooms, ripping out the carpeting and putting in tile which took the entire day. I helped Mel do some painting, helped with the kids, and later that night, cleaned the bathrooms when they were finally finished which wasn't until 2:30 a.m. We stopped working around 6 p.m. and went out to dinner at The Barn, just down the road from their house. Awesome food. We met Mikes parents there. Then I went to Lowes with Mike, Mel and the kids. Had to get somemore stuff for the bathrooms and they bought a new screen door. That was hilarious us trying to fit that door in my van, with the kids and Mel. Melody was sitting under the door, in the second seat, and Gage was in the back trying to sit in his booster seat, which was sitting crooked. We laughed and laughed all the way home. I wish I could have taken a picture, as it surely was a kodak moment. We were so tired when we finally went to bed at 3 a.m. again. We were planning on attending church, but it didn't happen. We were just to exhausted. We got up around 9:30 a.m. and sat around like we were dead after having some breakfast. Mike was still in the bed, but of course Melody had to be up with the kids, David got up, he was reading, Melody was sitting in the lazy boy chair, feeding Ali, Me, Britt and Justin were on the couch. Gage was the only one that had any energy. He couldn't figure out why we were so tired. He went up to David and said, look grandpa they are all sleeping. DAvid is like yes, why did they even get up? lol We laid around for awhile till in the afternoon. Then got up and I finally got a shower and got dressed, and then we made dinner. After dinner, cleaned up Justin and Britt had to leave to go back to her house, and we just sat around talking. Then got up made some brownies, and popcorn, and played a game before heading home. We lefted Mels around 7:30 p.m. We arrived home around 10:30 p.m. Headed back to work on Monday, which was a busy day, as it always is, when getting back from vacation. Have a lot to catch up on. Monday night, friends of ours from Ohio, we used to go to church with them, when we attended down there, Ben and Kay Stockmaster came up for a couple days. They are leaving tomorrow morning. We have had a couple of nice relaxing days together. Except I have sun poisoning along with a bad sun burn, heading to the doctor in the morning. I have to work now for the next 3 days. Oh well such is life.

So here is some pictures from our trip. Hope you enjoy. I enjoyed being with my Melody, Mike and my grandchildren. Ali is so adorable and so is Gage. She is now 2 months old, and weighs 10 lbs. 8 ounces.