September 2, 2008
The Girls had an exciting weekend camping in Illinois at Lake Ladonna for Labor Day weekend. We stayed in Christiana and Nicks Trailer and also tented for three nights. Nono, Bestamor, Mormor, Grandpa Ed, Oma Sue and Opa Ray and of course Christiana, Nick and Anthony attended the campout. Aunt Cheryl, Uncle John and Jeanine were also right next door, making for a wonderful family get-together. The kids had an amazing time getting to play all day and almost all night long. They collected acorns, went on many wagon rides, walks, played at the park and also enjoyed some good old fashioned running around! The 2 year olds became very creative in their requests for wagon rides. They would climb in, buckle up then yell that they were stuck! A wagon ride was the only remedy! The beach was also a hot spot and we all enjoyed soaking up some sun, building sandcastles and wading in the lake to keep cool. Megan was able to enjoy the cool breeze with Bestamor in the shade of the acorn trees. Mara convinced mom to slide down the water slide with her, and Aunt Cheryl to push her on the water swing, which Mara really enjoyed. Mara and Anthony also enjoyed floating in the lake on rafts. The nights were spent wrapped in blankets and sweatshirts taking in the spectacular starry skies and enjoying the warm (or cold for some!) campfire. A band of the Milky way, shooting stars and many constellations twinkled in the night. We roasted marshmellows and made some smores as we took in the outdoors. On the last night we all enjoyed the lighted golf cart parade, and Mara attended her first concert. Mara was the life of the party dancing and singing! The girls had a great time and look forward to some more camping!