Thursday, April 25, 2013


Our spring break usually falls on Holy Week.  It's nice that Hans can see the kids a bit in the day during his busiest week of the year, but it also means that the boys and I can never go anywhere too far or too long.  I was actually given two days off in a row in the middle of week and Debbie and Pam decided that was a great time to take a quick trip to Wisconsin.  The best part about this was that this time I could actually join them.

Early one morning Debbie, Pam, John, Gus, Anders, Sophie and I piled into a car and hit the road.  Sophie talked up the Osthoff because she had been coming here with Debbie and Pam since she was a baby.  She loves the Osthoff.  As soon as we got to the hotel the kids traded their clothes for bathing suits and were begging to go to the pool.

 John is being a total goofball.

 He learns from the best.

 Gus continues his phase of dancing when you ask him to pose for a picture.

 And Anders, he is just ready to go.  No time for all of this nonsense.

Ready to hit the pool!

 When we got to the pool John jumped right in.

 Anders and Sophie jumped right in.

 Gus stuck his toe in.  Even that took a 5 minute coaxing.

At this point I jumped, well walked, in and pulled him the rest of the way into the pool.  He clung to me as if he would drown if any part of his body was not some how connected to mine.

 After a while he got over his fear and decided that playing with Sophie was better than being scared.  Sophie makes everything better.

 The boys had a great time squirting Sophie.

 They spent hours hunting her down.

 While Gus had to be coaxed into the pool, Anders was ready to jump in. 

 Anders thought this handstand thing was interesting.

He felt he needed to try that too.

I find this picture too cute not to add.

 When we were finally able to get the kids out of the pool we took our little raisins to an Irish Pub.

 Sophie was still awake and going strong.

 John was down for the count.

 Gus was fading fast.

But Anders...he was still eating.
He had actually fallen asleep on the way to the restaurant.  I thought he was awake when I put him in his chair, but then we all started to see him fall.  That was a rude awakening.  But pizza makes everything better.

 The next day we woke up, went for another swim and then packed up to go home.  The boys loved using the luggage cart.  Our "luggage" was carted all the way out to the car.  There goes Gus with his dance moves.

 I couldn't get these guys to sit still long enough to take a picture.  Between the climbing and the dancing this is as good as it gets.

We had a wonderful time.  It was great to have a whole day and a half of nothing.  Sophie and the boys have plans to return to the Osthoff this summer.

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