August: Family Trip to Michigan
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The best part of a trip?
Playing in the hotel pool.
It's the only reason Anya and Sasha agree to travel
Heading out to do some school shopping with Grandma Fisher and Aunt Mary.
Hanging with the cousins
I like to take pictures of Tess eating things
Hot dog party!
Anya always seats herself at the head of the table.
Where are the kids?
They're always on the trampoline
We gotta get one of these!
Breakfast at Stately Rowland Manor
At the Renaissance Festival before the wedding
Holly takes the kids on the Fairy Walk
It was a super cute walk through the woods decorated will all kinds of fairy stuff!
Anya wanted to ride ALL the rides
This flying pirate ship was at the top of the list
Lucy rode the Blue Moon
Sasha & Anya get twirled
Next up the See Saw Boats!
Sasha and Lucy rock on
Holly & Anya fly high
Sir Ryosus does some magic with Sasha & Anya.
Here's something neat, I use to watch Sir Ryosus when I was a kid. He's been doing the festival for over 25 years!
I like his act, and his new assistants are pretty cool too!
Next the Pony Carousel
Anya was even more excited about this one.
I wonder why?
The walking tree.
Dorice's son Nolyn straps in for some sky bouncing
Up up up!
Bounce Nolyn Bounce!
I wish I could do this
It looks like lots of fun. They would need to bring in a couple industrial cranes to hoist me up.
At the hottest most uncomfortable time of the afternoon, we decided to get in line and wait in the dirt for an hour to jump on this thing.
Was it worth it (no)
But Anya would disagree.
Anya Bounce 1
Anya Bounce 2
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Sasha was really good.
It took her a few times
But she started flipping like a pro
Then she wouldn't stop flipping!
Sasha hangs out with The White Wizard
The kooky candle store. I loved this booth when I was a kid. Anya loved it too.
The family watches the comedy sword show.
Anya.. you call that a knife!?
The Renissancers bid Sasha adieu.
Grandma & Grandpa's 50th Anniversary party
Everyone looks at the video picture frame presentation that Aunt Mary made
It was almost as popular as my fruit tray!
Sasha alla finestra
Lunch on the lanai
Candid family merryment
Mark throws together a last minute slide show
Anna and Sylvia can barely contain their excitement
The family enjoys the slide show
At intermission the kids put on a interpretive dance number to Barbara Ann and Moon River
Anya had a small part
Grandma & Grandpa "get jiggy" with it too
50 years of staid dignity down the drain in a matter of seconds.
Tess and Anya embrace
Maddie and Collin open some wedding presents
Grandma & Grandpa wait for what they assume will be a great avalanche of presents
A silence falls over the room as everyone looks to see if anyone brought any.
Grandpa reads what many, except Angela and Mark, agree was without a doubt the funniest anniversary card ever written.
The traditional 50th Anniversary gift is glass, right?
After a substantial bribe, Grandma agrees to be affectionate toward Anya for a full minute!
That was a fun party!
Lunch is prepared at Grandma & Grandpa Wiseman's House
Grandma "sweetens" the sun tea.
Dinner at Aunt Sharon & Uncle Alfie's house.
I haven't been here in about 18 years
Sasha and Anya loved it!
They had a ton of fun in the pool
Lots of floaties
Grandpa works as lifeguard
The pool actually was a little bigger than I remember.
The famous purple house
Anya holds on tight
She seems happy
Some pretty pictures down by the pond.
Grandma runs down the hill to join us
Anya explores the grounds
Dinner on the patio
We had a super fun time. Thanks Aunt Sharon & Uncle Alfie!
Time to head back to Virginia. Sasha updates the blackboard.
Hugs from Grandma
Hugs from Grandpa
And the best part of the drive home?
Playing in the hotel pool.
Mommy jumps in to play
Sasha poses for some underwater shots
The little swimmers
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