After minimal delay, we arrived at Grandma and Grandpa's house last night. The kids were exhausted by the time they got home and to bed, as it was 1AM for them, but they held up really well. This morning they were up with the sun, ready to play with everyone and everything.
Uncle J, Treis and Eden came over as we were all outside playing a bag-toss game. Eli pulled out the bats and balls and golf clubs immediately at that point and went to it. Maddux had a blast chasing Eden around, trying to "mommy" her. We had a quick lunch and walked down to the beach at the river. Maddux hung out mostly at the shore, but Eli walked out on the dock in preparation to jump off. I reminded both kids that the water would be colder than the pool, but their ability to swim remained. Eli jumped a few times, but very hesitantly and close tot he dock. Maddux eventually jumped in, but only after Daddy did.
Before it got too late, Cole and Ingrid joined us and we walked back home for dinner. Grandpa Jim (with very little help from Eli) had prepared homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs. We squeezed all eleven people in the kitchen/dining for a big feast. After dinner we were back outside; Eden needed a bath and photo opp. My parents have a big copper tub that we used to take pictures of Maddux in during bath time three years ago. Tonight I got photos of all five grand kids in the tub (individually). Good stuff. We ended the night with a game of croquet, the first time for Maddux and Eli. A short tantrum by Maddux followed a small injury, and off to bed they went :)