See how the kids have grown up. Fernando and Freddie are adults, Cesar is 18, Sonia and Brianna are 16 and Caleb is 12. For this outing Kay and Tom and two of their grandchildren joined us. Kay and Tom were with us when we visited Peru.
Then there was the matter of Ruby, the dog. Dick and I are not dog owners, however, we end up dog sitting every once in a while. So in with the mix of 6 kids and 4 adults, Ruby is suddenly thinking our house is not near as boring as it was when she first arrived.
One of our get aways was spending the day with Kay and Tom. The girls made fast friends with their granddaughters. We paused on the way up to the Chocolate World ride for a quick picture.
Everyone enjoyed the ride through the chocolate making process. Dick and I were in a car with Fernando and while riding through the part with all the candy bars, he makes a quick move and hands me one. I jumped and said “How did you get that?” Instantly I saw the twinkle in his eye and knew he pulled it from his back pack. The girls squealed with delight when we drove through Hershey and saw the candy kiss street lights.
Tim and Barb set up an office in our living room and were able to make arrangements for their trip continuing on to Ohio and Iowa.
The guys loved to play soccer and the neighbor kids were happy to accommodate them. They turned our back yard into a soccer field many times over and this last night, they played until nearly 10pm.
Caleb and “Pop Dick” hanging out together. Pop loves to tell his bear hunt stories to eager listeners.
Sonia celebrated her 16th birthday with us, and her mom decorated this lovely cake with a little bit of nothing we gathered up between the two of us.
Fernando saw some rabbits in our yard and longed to have one of them on his plate. Ironically I had two in my freezer, harvested by Dick while hunting with Mark and some buddies. I had no idea how to cook them, so I quickly offered them and he said he would cook them. He did and we ate them, along with our roasted chicken. He spiced and, marinated them and fried them up in a pan. They were very edible.
After each meal the dishes were quickly done and put away. Tim says he doesn’t pack the kitchen sink when he travels, he just brings along six dish washers. They were all a big help, to the point of never feeling stressed about cooking for 10 people for four days. In case you are wondering, my next door neighbor who is my brother provided a bed for Tim and Barb and my nephew down the road had beds for the three older boys. Dick and I had the three younger ones. We thank Ken and Dean for providing bed and showers for our guests.