Caleb was back from AO, where he had a great time, but he also picked up a little virus. He mainly ran a low-grade fever and had a sore throat. At least his started at the end of AO, so he didn't miss out on any activities there.
After finishing up at WSS, we headed northeast to Bob's sister's house for the weekend. She and her 2 girls live in a lovely old house in a cute little town on a beautiful lake. We got there after dinner, but since it wasn't raining, Maddie and Amanda took people out of the boat right away.
Rose kept her jogging stroller, which is still in great condition, so I pushed Drew and Verity in that. I couldn't have done it without that stroller, that's for sure! Verity is crying in the above picture because I had unbuckled her before I remembered I wanted to take a picture, and she is ready to get out! I was surprised at how cooperative they both were in the stroller. Drew wanted to get out at first, but I walked quickly and distracted him by enthusiastically pointing out every single remotely interesting detail I could find of the lakes houses we were passing (basketball hoop! boat! 4-car garage! day lilies! beautiful porch! doggie!). I really do love looking at all the old houses, so I had a marvelous time walking, until Verity started fussing to get out, but thankfully that was just right at the very end.
About halfway through the 5k, Faith dropped back to walk with me and the stroller. She had been walk/running with Maddie (holding her back like an anchor, lol), and I could tell by the look on her face that she wasn't very happy. She had drunk too much water at a water station, and her tummy wasn't feeling well, and Faith isn't what we call stoic on a good day even, so . . . again, it took some fast talking to distract her from her woes. I walked the whole 5k, pushing the stroller, and I finished right around 47 minutes. Luke, Anna, and Grace all finished way before us, and they came back to encourage us. Luke even got Faith to run the last little bit so that she finished before me! Bob and Caleb walked the whole way with Micah, who was not particularly happy about it but nonetheless did it, lol.
Verity went on the boat several times Saturday, and she LOVED it. I was worried she would be scared, but she clearly is more like Faith than Grace. She sat there, swallowed up in her life jacket, looking out the front, and loving everything! As you can see by the picture, I did go on the boat, although I also took the opportunity, while so many little people were so engaged, to read some books. Rose has a gorgeous side porch, with a lovely porch swing, and sitting there reading, and glancing up every so often to gaze out over the lake, is so incredibly peaceful and relaxing!
After the parade, there was a little carnival over at the fire station. We walked over (this small town thing is really nice!), and the kids played games, bounced in a bouncy house, ate a funnel cake, etc. It was a jam-packed day, and we were all really tired by the end of it!
We had to leave the next morning to drive back to WSS to drop off Anna and Grace for their week of Camp Caleb. The drive between NW PA and WSS is really pretty, especially by State College. We needed to stop at Walmart to get more tennis shoes for Grace (she outgrew hers between camping and now . . .), and we ate some yummy barbecue at Dickie's for lunch. It was good to see Nathan again, even just briefly. I'm glad he's up there because Grace was NOT excited about being in camp without Anna (they're in separate camps this year). The daughter of a friend of mine from my own WSS days was also in Grace's camp, so hopefully they could hit it off. Nathan texted last night to say he had seen Anna and Grace at the square dance, and they were both having lots of fun.
Back here at home, we did a ton of laundry. Then we cleaned up the basement because we had surprise company! Ian, the son of some friends of ours who we were stationed with back in Ohio, was coming back from a missions trip in Europe. His flight landed Tuesday afternoon, but his flight back home didn't take off again until 9:00 Wednesday morning. So we picked him up and had a nice little visit! He even with to CAP with the boys, since he is in CAP where they live now. I do love Facebook for keeping in touch with friends from old assignments!
ETA: A better group shot at Rose's!