Pictures from Monday, June 27th...
The last time we had been to Ohio to visit my dad and step-mom was when Meagan was five months old. It had been a while. Our visit was long overdue.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew I was super excited to see them, but I didn't know what the kids' reactions would be. Would they just accept them as Grandma and Grandpa? Would there be any resistance? We would find out soon enough.
We got to their campground Monday around 11:30ish. It was SO good to see them after so long! And the kids went right up to them and started talking. Isaac was a little slower than the other two to warm up, but that is always true in just about every situation, so there was no real surprise there.
We spent the day touring the campground, taking nature hikes, and just generally catching up. The kids played with the dog. And the cats. Lots of cats. They climbed on tractors, played tag, and hide and seek. Perfect. We stayed until around 5:00 when Lucas got off of work, and then headed back to where he was to meet him for dinner.
Amazing I can take so many pictures in not-quite-six short hours. I'll share a FEW of them with you.
Isaac kept his distance for a bit, and was a little tough in conversation. Thankfully, Dad and Nancy didn't give up on him. He can be a tough cookie to crack sometimes.
However, the dog (Cleo) really helped break the ice and help Isaac feel comfortable. The kids had a GREAT time playing with her on the big hill outside of the store.
Nancy and I stayed at the store while my dad took the kids on a nature walk through 'the maze.' Sebastian took my camera and took some pictures.
(they saw a deer)
(and picked fresh berries of of the bushes)
They also each got a gift from Grandma & Grandpa. Meagan got a My Little Pony toy.
(love this... it's a perfect depiction of my daughter on a daily basis... playing with her pretty little ponies, and all covered in mud)
The boys each got a pack of Pokemon cards.
(which is the way straight to Isaac's heart)
(and Grandpa got a lesson in Pokemon names and abilities)
This is Little Boy Blue. Meagan fell in love. LOVE. She carried that poor sweet kitty EVERYWHERE. He was the. most. patient. cat I've ever seen. He just accepted his fate of being toted around by an overly-zealous six-year-old. Actually, sometimes he seemed to be quite enjoying the affection.
The boys checked out the tractors. And climbed on them.
Meagan climbed on them... with Blue
I mean, really, she hardly put this little guy down.
At some point, though, before the end of the day, Sebastian actually had a chance to hold Blue. I don't think it was a very lengthy chance.
And although Isaac WANTED to hold Blue, I think he gave up. He busied himself playing spies or something or other in the storage pavilion. Typical Isaac. Love this kid.
We left tired but happy. And the kids were excited about the prospects of being able to spend each of the next three days with Grandma & Grandpa. Good start to the week for sure!