Last weekend, we hitched a ride with Ted and Sue for a quick weekend trip to Watervliet, Michigan to help celebrate the marriage of Nic and Jess Bitting.
The kids enjoyed the DVD player in their van on the ride.
And we ate lots of pretzels.
We happily joined up with Hollins and Rachel (and Reid and Jillian) when we arrived.
Aubrey and Jillian picked up right where they left off.
The first evening, all wedding guests were invited to attend a potluck by Lake Michigan. Our kids met their second cousins and we got most of them (okay, everyone minus Tyler, I realized later) to pose for a picture.
The hotel had an indoor water park and the kids loved spending the rest of the evening swimming.
The next day was Tyler's birthday. He opened presents in our hotel room. He was thrilled, but we made him wait to open everything but the books until he was home.
The ladies ready for the wedding.
Aubrey and Jill
Tyler didn't want to pose...silly.
Between the wedding and reception, we had hors d'oeuvres, drinks, yard games, and pictures!
The Eigsti clan.
During the reception, Nic led everyone in singing Happy Birthday to Tyler and one other in the room. Tyler even got a few gifts from Wayne's aunt and a couple of cousins. How sweet.
Aubrey conked out before all the fun was over. She kept covering her head with my scarf.
There was a bonfire, dancing, and music. Little love was just too tired to keep going. We enjoyed making a lot of great memories on our brief trip. And, we enjoyed a safe and uneventful trip home. Back to school and work the next day. Phew!