Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our Weekend

For many years, we have enjoyed an annual trip to Michigan to visit Mr.4444's Aunt Bette and Uncle George. It's a six-hour drive, but we wouldn't miss it for the world, as Uncle George and Aunt Bette are very dear to us. (They are wonderful hosts, loving people, and they and their two sons and their families are my husband's only extended family on his dad's side of the family.) Uncle George, Otto, Aunt Bette, and Monica

On this year's trip, we got two visits for the price of one! We were fortunate to meet Mr.4444's 6th cousin, Monica, and her husband, Otto, who were visiting from the country of Amsterdam. Apparently, Monica's Great, Great, Great grandmother and Mark's GGGGrandma were sisters. (Go ahead and figure out that one if you'd like! I'm not sure we got it right, but we're close.) Monica's GGG grandma stayed in Sweden, but Mark's GGG Grandma immigrated to America way back when. Mark's 1st cousin once-removed did years of family research and found Otto and Monica. Isn't that cool? Anyway, we really enjoyed meeting them, as they were very sweet. Uncle George and Aunt Bette live in a beautiful home in the middle of a forest that butts up to Lake Michigan. Kyle and Kendall look forward to this visit every year, not only because they love Uncle George and Aunt Bette (of course!) but because they love the beach. No visit is complete with the climb up "The Dune." Now you tree-huggers out there might need to back out of this post here, as we are fully aware that we are causing erosion when we do this, but we are not going to stop. (Sorry.) Don't worry, though, as we only do it once a year, and we only climb it once. See for yourself why:If you look very closely, you can see Kyle and Kendall running up the dune. And yes, as a matter of fact, I did climb it, although MUCH slower than the kids. (Boy, that will get your heart a thumpin', let me tell you!) Here's a pic of Kyle at the top.And the best part of climbing the dune? This (Sorry, but you'll have to tilt your head to the left!):

I'll wind this up with Kyle's pic of the weekend, captured our first night there.

Just the thing I needed to move forward this week...I hope your week is off to a peaceful start, too.

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