Makes My Monday! Family Fun and Precious Moments

Monday, July 13, 2009

This past Saturday, the whole crew went to Dutch Wonderland: my family, my mom and step-dad, my sister and her family, and my brother and his friend (and her son). We don't all get together for group trips too often and I love spending time with my family.
Paige, Katie, Adam, and Ethan (and yes, Katie is taller than the boys who are 11 months older than her!)

Timmy was excited to start his day, even if his crocheted hat was making his head sweat buckets and had to be taken off soon after we snapped some pictures. I, for one, don't understand the concept of sweater material for summer clothing, but it was too darn cute to not put him in.

After eating lunch and being a happy boy in his stroller for quite some time, we tortured him by letting him stretch out and crawl around in WATER....ahhhh! I'm beginning to learn that tired Timmy and water do not mix well.
Katie had no such trouble, though.

After lots of rides and the waterpark area we dried off to enjoy a diving show.

After a relaxing boat ride, my mom led us to one of her favorite spots: the swan that she used to climb in for a family photo with all of her brothers and sisters when she was a little girl.

The whole crew minus Matt (who broke away from us...we were too cool for him) and my step-dad (who was taking the picture).

Mom and Jim with the grandkids

Then something really sweet and special of those moments that you want to wrap up and always remember. We went over to the Indian Wishing Log to make wishes. Katie took her turn and concentrated really hard to think of her wish...
and then, she animatedly and so sweetly told us her wish...

She wished that everyone would be her friend and that (this part gets tricky because I couldn't really understand what she was saying and asked her to repeat herself a few times and I think she may have changed what she said)" A - all of her friends would have family, B-all of her friends would be her family, C-something to that effect. Either way, it was so adorable to hear her tell us such a heartfelt wish.

We finished up the day with a yummy, yummy family style Amish meal at the Plain and Fancy Farm. The entire day and especially Katie's wish Makes My Monday.

PS - Once again, I was late in celebrating Timmy's monthly milestone, so it just got done but backdated to Friday. If you missed it, you can find it here.


monica July 13, 2009 at 9:18 AM  

Looks like a great time and would diffently make my monday!

Nicole O'Dell July 13, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

Awesome pictures! I really love the crying one. Boo hoo!


debi9kids July 13, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

Looks like such a great time!
(darn! Wish you had gone on a week we were up in PA. We could've met up...)
Poor Timmy crying in that pic. (adorable though)
LOVE Katie in the wishing pics. What a sweet wish and that last pic of her is just beautiful!

ps I did get your email. Will call you when I get out of the house today...

Meet the Smiths July 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM  

How sweet!! that wish is definitely a Monday maker!

Cheryl Lage July 13, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

What an incredible time this looks to have been! I just adore that sweet spirited litle wisher you have on your hands!

Thank you so very much for Making My Monday by playing along!

Lisa July 14, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

I have the Dutch Wonderland song playing in my head!

Hit 40 July 14, 2009 at 10:00 PM  

Your family really gets out and lives life!!! Great pics

We like to nest at home.

the mama bird diaries July 16, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

Looks like a great day! How fun.

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