Normally when we go to Illinois, we spend at least a week there. For those who don't know, my parents were high school sweethearts. Majority of my family lives there. When we go there, it is packed with lots of family and fun. We were only there for 4 days this time which was sad and made it hard to get so much time and memories in with each side of my family. We did it though! We had so much fun!
They immediately found the toys on our first day!
Uncle David blowing bubbles for Jackson
Monkey in the middle. Literally! Haha
Uncle David gave us a ride in his '67 Chevy camero ss.
Grandma B getting to see Jackson. She hasn't seen him since he was a couple of months old.
We got the chance to go swimming and cool down in the heat with Aunt Anne, Uncle Kenny, Ryan, Emma, Travis, and a friend of the girls. Maddie jumped off the diving board into the deep end. She thought that was the coolest thing ever. She loved being able to do what the big kids were doing.
She adores Ryan! Ryan is so good to her, too!
Grandma K pushing Jackson around in a little American Girl wagon. Haha! He loved it though.
When you come hang out with the Kallal's, you get a "welcome" with silly string. Haha. They got my dad last time he visited as well.
Someone was having a hard time with the rough pack n play so Jeff came up with the idea of putting him on these and seeing how he does. He did really well, so we continued doing that until we left.
We went bowling with the Kallal clan. Maddie did very well. She was able to keep up with the big kids in score. She found a new position after she's thrown her call thanks to Travis. I got a video of it. She was just too cute. The adults played two games. I won the second one. The kids played three games. Each of the big kids won a game.
That evening we went to a pagaent. One of the girls friends was in the pagaent. She placed 3rd runner up.
We brought some bean boozled games with us. The girls played it for a little bit. Jeff had to come show these girls how it was done. Haha
This cutie right here loved being able to get into everything and getting loved on by so many.
Of course, you can't leave Illinois without taking a selfie with grandma. She loved being able to see the kiddos. Unfortunately, Jackson wasn't always in the best mood when we were there. Hunger or sleepiness took his happiness away it seemed.
She sure does love him!
Here's a group pic from bowling of the kids.
Aunt Shirley wanted to take Maddie to go see Finding Dory. We invited one of her cousins with us to go see it. We were able to see it in 3D which was really cool. It was a popular movie in the little town of jerseyville that night. We sat in the front row. It kind felt as it we were in the movie too. Maddie kept reaching out trying to touch it all.
When I was growing up and visiting Aunt Shirley, we would always be doing crafts or baking something. I am so glad that Maddie gets to experience that as well. It will always be something that I truly appreciate and remember.
Jackson wanted to help out too!
She loves being in the kitchen.
I think they had fun!
Look how cute they turned out. :)
These two went back and forth at getting each other, but she absolutely adores him.
We had to get a quick picture of the kids with both of them :)
Who doesn't love bunny ears while sitting on a walker?
Grandpa and I after sitting outside watching Ryan and Emma's all star softball game.
Look who finally lost her very loose tooth! After making so many deals she turned out, being begged, and the endless talks of pulling it, it finally came out while she was playing with it.
We had a lot of fun. We made so many precious memories that I know we will never forget. It was really sad to say goodbyes. I know I teared up. It's never enough time there with all of our wonderful family.
Next stop- offutt Air Force Base to camp at our half way point to Mount Rushmore.
Until the next post.. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy life!