Over the weekend we went up to visit our good friends Maria and Jake. It was only about a mile from the Canadian border. Well, maybe it was more like 200 miles. That's some beautiful country up there. We went up there with the four-wheelers to ride on the trails around their house. We got up there about noon on Saturday, ate a lunch and headed out to the trails. Jake and Maria were leading, the kids were following, then I was riding with Brent and we were in the back. We rode for a little bit then we needed to head back to their house to get cleaned up for church. Since we were in the back, Alex said "Eat my dust", and we sure did. For some reason everyone was laughing at me during and after that ride. I guess nobody has ever seen me covered in dirt from head to toe.
The cool little man sitting with me for the picture is Michael, Maria and Jake's son. Our 2 littlest didn't go with us, they stayed with Grandma Judy. Anna didn't have a choice, she had to go to Grandmas, because I still refuse to ride for more than 30 minutes in the car with her. Emma, she's not really a fan of off-roading so she decided she would have more fun visiting Grandma.
So anyway, we were able to get somewhat cleaned up and off to confessions and Mass on time. When we got there Maria decided to help her friend out with the music, so she went up in back and played the piano, and sang. She did a beautiful job. Strange thing though, she stopped playing right in the middle of the Lamb of God. Then moments later we hear a scream back there. There was a bat flying around church and got a little too close for comfort for Maria and her friend up in the choir loft. Then the bat flew up into the Sanctuary, made a couple circles, then flew out a side door. The priest quickly darted over to shut the door behind the winged visitor. Then all was well.
Elizabeth and Michael on the swing set. On Sunday as we were packing up to go home, Elizabeth came to me and said, "I think Michael is the first boy that I was able to get along and play nice with." She's so cute.
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful weekend. We had a wonderful time visiting and exploring the land. Well worth the drive up there! Thanks Maria and Jake for having us!
Tomorrow.... STAR WARS at the science museum!