The closest to Normal (Illinois) that I've ever been.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


The kids have never been to a family Thanksgiving. Now that we are a mere 12-hour drive from Baltimore, we thought that we should give the road trip a try. So, all of us (including Argos) drove east for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Caught in the act.

It has been over 10 years since I've been in Baltimore to see the trees change color. I can't believe that I forgot how devastatingly beautiful it is!

Argos loved running up and down the hills in the woods behind my grandparents' house. He was great on the road--barely a peep for the whole 12 hours. I was extremely relieved that Argos was mannered and calm at my grandparents' house. Also, despite his irrational fear of going to the bathroom in a strange place (his record is holding it all in for 36 hours), he used the yard like a normal dog.

Joseph reading with Grandma Martha (no make-up on yet).

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Cynthia and Uncle Ron's place. The food and conversation were wonderful.

Joseph's favorite part of Ron and Cynthia's place is the multi-tiered fish tank.

Grandpa and Aron.

After dinner, rather than getting sleepy, the kids got a little punch drunk and started getting rowdy with Rich.

Sam reading aloud.

Joseph as a tiger cub in his den.

Sam wrestling with Brianna.

After Thanksgiving, we went over to Uncle Mark and Aunt Jo Ellen's place. All of the kids had a great time playing together.

The kids have never seen my grandparents' boat The Martita, so we helped Grandpa and Mark take down the boat for the season.

The kids on the boat pretending that they were on a boat.

Some old sea salts.

Argos had a doggy playdate with his cousin Dugan. They both had a good wrestle and ran until they were worn out.

The drive home was uneventful. The kids were bored, but Joseph got a little journaling done.

After we got back, Joseph's teacher had the class draw their Thanksgiving vacation. Apparently, the only part that Joseph could remember was the gas station bathroom stops.


Beth said...

Awesome! I love Joseph's drawing. It looks like you had a great time.

Scarlett made it the 10 hours to Tulsa and had a great time meeting the family and the other dogs. She also has a phobia about peeing in strange places but managed to hold it all the way to grandma's house.

Jessica Malisch said...

Good to hear that Joseph also used the restroom on the trip (see his journal entry)!

Anonymous said...

i loved joseph's little tiger den...

Mom said...

Grandma Martha will definitely appreciate the editing!

Great pictures! Why can't I do as well?

I can see that Argus is a true Roseman...