At Bobby's baptism.

Isabelle helped her cousins with hair and makeup for a "fashion" show.

Then, Lucy tried her hand at applying her own makeup!

TWO SETS OF TWINS — Me and my twin brother, Bill, holding my twin granddaughters, Penny and Alice. Both sets born in November – 62 years apart. (My hair looks awful because the power went out in our hotel room right after I got out of the shower that morning and I couldn't blow dry my hair.)

Three generations of Robert Crenshaws

Headquarters of the Longeberger Basket Company, Newark, OH

12 July 2011

Just got back from a road trip to visit our daughter, Laura, and her family in Ohio, then on to Illinois to see son, Bob, and his family — and to attend our grandson's baptism. Fun times!

While in Ohio, Laura drove us to a couple of cemeteries where some ancestors were buried back in the 1800s. On the way, we went past the headquarters for the Longaberger Basket Company in Newark, Ohio. Kinda neat that their office building is shaped like a basket.

We and all the Chabo family headed out on Friday to travel to Gurnee, IL for our grandson, Bobby's, baptism. Travis had to work Friday so they didn't know if they'd be able to leave before about 3 pm. We knew the drive would be a long one, so, in an attempt to get all the girls there in time to be tucked in bed at a reasonable hour, Laura and I set out in the van that morning and Bob stayed behind so he and Travis could drive together once Travis got home from work.

It was eye opening to discover how much we've come to rely on having a GPS!! Armed with some Mapquest print outs and an atlas, Laura and I ventured forth with her five little ones, ages 6, 4, and 2, plus two 7-month olds. What we thought would be an 8 hour trip — after running errands in town before we got on the road, stopping twice for meals (fueling the car at one of those stops) and another stop for a potty break, plus having to double back a few times when we missed a turn or took a wrong turn — and our journey ended up taking closer to 11.5 hours! After we got to Gurnee and began to rejoice, thinking we were within minutes of our destination, we realized we were driving in the wrong direction and the two of us broke into hysterical laughter! (We decided if there was a wrong turn to be made, we'd take it!) We finally got there, about two hours after we had planned to have the girls in bed. (Thankfully, her girls were great travelers!!)

Bob and Travis left four hours after we did and arrived in Gurnee about 20 minutes behind us!! (We suggested that next time, we'd trade places with them. They can transport all the children, and Laura and I will take the sporty car with the EZpass and the GPS) :-)

Our older grandchildren are all growing up too fast!! Ryann is 16 and learning to drive, Isabelle is a precocious 10-yr old and Bobby turned eight last week. It was wonderful to be able to participate in his baptism! Wish we could visit with them a lot more often than once a year — but that seems to be all we've been able to manage.


Heather McKeon said...

I am jealous - I wish I could have been with you for all of that! Except the 11.5 car ride, of course. I love that 1st picture of Bob & his family - so sweet! And even though I know her lipstick is crazy, Lucy looks beautiful in that photo! Her hair, eyes and expression are melting my heart! Now I'm missing everybody!

imabetty said...

I wish you could have been there too — along with the whole family. It was a sweet baptism. And, its always great to visit with everyone.
And, I agree with you about that Lucy photo. She's gorgeous!!