Shortly after vacation my nephew flew in to visit from Michigan.  Ivan had a blast playing with Silas.  They had fun swimming together, going to the playground, museum, creek, making and eating popsicles, reading Garfield and building forts.

The three of us flew together to Seattle where his parents and my parents met up and we all spent a week together in Birch Bay, WA.  My cousin was getting married in Bellingham so Nick flew up from work just for the weekend.  The boys really enjoyed the bay especially low tide when they could dig up rocks and shells and splash in the water.  The house we rented also had video games so they enjoyed playing against each other and the adults.

My cousin is an animal lover and her wedding shows that. Instead of attendants she had her beloved pets!  It was unique but fun to experience. Ivan loved watching the animals.

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P1240193We spent Memorial Day weekend in Lexington, KY with all of my (Kara’s) extended family on my dad’s side.  My cousin was getting married and it was a great chance for everyone to gather.  Ivan and I flew in a couple days early and met up with my parents and grandparents in Cincinnati.  We all shared a house and were able to spend some quiet time together before everyone came.  Friday night Nick and my brother and his family arrived.  Saturday began with a brunch with other aunts, uncles and cousins and ended with a beautiful celebration of marriage. Sunday morning we got up and toured Keenland Racetrack with my uncle who works there during racing season.  It was fun to watch the horses get their morning exercise.  We then all met at a restaurant for brunch and in the evening gathered again to celebrate my grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary.  Monday morning early some of us went to a Bourbon tour before leaving town.  It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but Ivan was a trooper traveling and we all had a blast!

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