Thursday, August 16, 2007

My trip diary, day eighteen

On Friday it was time to say goodbye to our time at the cottage. Most of the morning and early afternoon was spent packing and cleaning. We shoved off at about 4:00 and headed east towards Grand Rapids where Matt's aunt and uncle and cousins and cousin's sons live. It was just over an hour drive through small Michigan towns and beautiful countryside. Grand Rapids is an adorable little town, as well.

We had a blast at his aunt and uncle's house. Matt's cousin's boys were, oh, I hope I remember this correctly, but I think they were 11, 9 and 4. I immediately assumed they would be, well, boys, and more interested in, you know, destroying things and spitting than they would be in playing with two little girls. I couldn't have been more wrong. The boys were incredibly, mind-numbingly, sweet with Iris and Eloise. The 4 year old and Iris played most of the night and the older boys entertained Eloise. We ate delicious food prepared by Matt's aunt and visited and snapped bunches of photos.

That night Matt and Iris camped out in the backyard in a tent big enough for Matt to stand upright in. You might think this isn't a big deal, but Matt is 6'7", so that was one tall tent! Eloise and I stayed in the comforts of the house and had a rough night of sleep. Eloise was coming down with a cold and spent most of the night awake and coughing. Not fun.

Playing pool. Check out that technique!

Being sweet with Eloise.

A group photo.

Entertaining Eloise.

Matt's cousin, the mother of the three boys. The tent behind her is the one Matt and Iris slept in.

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