The reason for the trip was for my first cousin Trent's graduation. This is the first graduation where I felt truly old since I remember him at the same age as Nate and Alex are now. (Pictured with my grandma, who you all may remember from our trips to Florida.)
The Verhoff side of the family is large, and I often feel sad when I think about Nate and Alex not growing up with tons of family. Not sad enough to have more babies though. Let's meet everyone! We'll go in reverse age order since the youngest, Deb, is the one who had a son graduating.
Then there's my aunt Ang and her family:
Then there's my aunt Rose and her family (missing one kid):
And then my uncle Joe and his family:
And my dad, his wife Vickie, and the boys (not pictured: me and Jon. Doh.):
Did you keep all the names straight? Maybe a group photo would help. Let me point out that we assembled for this photo before we realized someone was missing... twice.
It was great to see everyone, and particularly great to spend time with my grandma. We spent most of the weekend just hanging out with family chatting. Sunday was the big party, and the boys got to play on their first every merry-go-round. I am not exaggerating when I say they played on this thing for 5 hours. They didn't stop playing at this playground except when we made them eat food. Wearing no shoes + dusty rocks = the boys were FILTHY. Happily filthy.
After saying good bye to everyone, Alex fell asleep immediately in the car on the way to the hotel. I carried him to the room where he seemed to wake up for a little bit, and as we unpacked, he fell right back asleep. On hotel carpet. I will not think about the germs. I will not think about the germs.
The party exhausted them so much they quietly watched movies the whole way home, and we made it back in record time. Jon and I even managed to listen to an entire audio book while driving there and back (Divergent! Read it before it becomes a movie like Hunger Games!). As soon as we walked in the door to our house, Nate said that he wanted to move to Ohio because he had so much fun. And Alex was very sad, missing Trent, who he adores.