Greeting us at the end of the driveway were Steve, Sonya, Tori (Sonya's daughter), Nathan (Sonya's son) and Ariana (Tori's friend) on 4-wheelers with these great signs:
The funny thing is, Christy wasn't with us because she drove separately and arrived about an hour and a half later! So when we knew she was almost there, everyone once again got on the 4-wheelers and rushed to the end of the driveway to greet her with their signs. She didn't seem to mind that her name was misspelled :)
With nothing on the agenda other than relaxing and having fun, we explored Steve's place. Sonya showed us this neat little area in the woods that they named "Countryville". It has a platform in the trees with a ladder to climb up to it. It's a nice hangout.
There is a large storage building/garage that houses many things, mostly "boy toys". Steve built a wood stove in it and plans to use it this winter when he's doing his "work" in the garage.
|The pond at dusk|
|Sonya, Ariana, Tori, Isabelle, Steve|
|Isabelle & Steve|
|Sonya, Christy, Isabelle|
|The duck duo|
|Canoe time with Isabelle & Steve|
|Bailey going after the ball in the pond|
|We got this!|
|Steve and our cousin Wilson (age 9)|
|Steve tearing it up|
|Wilson coming around the curve|
|Tori & Isabelle|
Christy with her Mrs. Roper dress
The challenge for the weekend was to ride over this hill. It was intimidating, but once you got the courage up to try it, it was a lot of fun!
|Christy (driving) & Steve - finally over the big hill!|
|Our cousins Hayley, Robin, Mara & Wilson (they live nearby)|
|Wilson, Robin, Hayley, Mara|
|Wilson, Isabelle, Nathan, Hayley, Tori, Mara|
Here are a few shots of random things:
|Mom rockin' it at Cornhole (we won!)|
|Wilson caught this guy in the pond|
|Black & blue burgers - yum!|
|"Bob" the elephant watches over the property|
|Tori playing volleyball|
|Steve & Mom|
|The man of the house|
|Feeding the fish|
|Nathan, Dad & Christy hanging out on the porch (read: How we spent most of the weekend!)|
|Tori & Isabelle painting nails|
|We drove by Steve's work|
|Welcome to Indiana|
It was a really great and relaxing weekend.
Steve and Sonya were very generous hosts and I can certainly see why the love it there. We hope that our whole family will get to visit soon!