We drove back to Chicago on my birthday August 25 and had birthday celebration #3
Then we flew to Nashville Tn to visit Christopher, Mary, Madison (7) and Jack (5) in their new home in Franklin. Of course our first night there we had my birthday celebration #4. This was quite a year for celebrating Grandma's birthday:-)
The kids and Christopher were already in school every day so Al and I kept busy helping Mary unpack boxes, organize, shop and hang pictures. Hot hot days but lovely evenings by the pool swimming and grilling.
We went downtown Nashville and visit Vanderbilt University campus where Daddy Christopher takes classes for the next two years for his MBA. We wandered around campus and then around downtown stopping for lunch.
It's a beautiful area with lots of rolling hills and pastures surrounding where the kids development is located. No more Chicago traffic and hopefully much milder winters! We had some nice meals out and some yummy ones on the grill at home.
August 24, 2016
We drove to Minnesota August 13 to spend time with Pat, Nicci, Josie (9) Emma (6) and Aleah (2). It's so fun to enjoy the families in nice weather. Usually it's snowing and well below zero. We spent a couple of fun days out in Maple Lake with Al's sister Connie, Steve and brother David and Julie. We enjoyed seeing Connie and Steve's new home and a pontoon ride around the lake. We watched the girls a couple of days that Nicci had to work.
One day Nicci, Al and I took the girls to play at the local splash park and have a picnic.
Another day Grandpa stayed home with Allie and Mama, Grandma, and the older girls went to the Mall of America. There is a a great Crayola exhibition play area there.