While we have seen Eric's family several times this summer, we had actually not been in for a visit since Easter, so we were grateful for the opportunity to recharge our batteries at Nan and Grandad's house for the holiday weekend.
We drove in Friday after work, ate BBQ for dinner, and were grateful for an early bedtime. Saturday was unseasonably warm with some of the hottest temperatures we've had all summer. Worry not, we made the most of it with wading pools, water balloons, the water hose, and plenty of time with our cousins.
Nan also made a special cake for Eli since we didn't have a traditional party for him this year. She is an AMAZING baker and her decorating skills are on par too. Eli loved the attention and felt quite special having so many people help him celebrate his birthday!
Sunday morning we enjoyed a yummy breakfast before heading back to the farmhouse where we spent the day riding four-wheelers, splashing around in the water, playing corn hole, and enjoying a few impromptu games of baseball and football.
In addition to the delicious meals, I was thoroughly pleased when Eric's aunts decided to round out the fun with homemade banana ice cream. I'm not a big fan of sweets, but holy smokes it was amazing and the perfect reprieve from the intense heat!
One of the funniest things to me is how much the kids love playing with the old school Nintendo games. Eli has never been super into video games. He likes the Madden and sports stuff but really doesn't play for more than a half hour or so at a time. Put Donkey Kong in front of him and it's on! Ha!
Monday we enjoyed a nice lunch before hitting the road home. It was a wonderful trip, and we are so grateful for the time with family.