#1) Boredom in the car (it's an 11 hour trip) causes us to line gummy bears up on the steering wheel.
#2) We stopped by Tim's grandma's house on the way and her magnolia tree was in full bloom. It's a Northern variety I had never noticed before- with no huge leaves like the Southern version- just full of tons of the huge flowers. Very pretty & fragrant. Libby looks lovely modeling a bloom as big as her head.#3) My mom in front of my grandparents' house.#4) My grandparents lived on a small lake. Libby, Claudia, Sarah and Kelli on the shore.#5) Melissa, the overprotective mother, when she saw the girls down so close to the lake. #6) The girls climbing the hill up to the house in their good shoes. (My grandpa was grumbling from heaven when he saw them doing this... but he wasn't concerned about their shoes- he was very protective of this hill).
#7) The house in this picture is two houses down from my grandpa and my grandma lived there when she was a kid and then it belonged to my grandma's sister (and now her grandson lives there) and that is their dock. They used to bring in sand and make a beach on their shore and we would swim there in the summer.#8) I just thought this weeping willow looked cool ... and about ready to fall into the lake!#9) This is Kelli walking along these stones- something I used to do all the time when I was her age!
#10) Before we even knew my grandpa died, my sweet mother-in-law had sent Tim and I this bouquet of flowers "just because". I took a picture so she can see what she sent. It is so beautiful and is still looking really nice since I got back. Thanks, Elsie!