Monday, July 9, 2007

The Reunion

So this is what 500 miles...8-ish hours...with two kids under 5 looks like...

Crossing the Red River...only 7+ hours to go!

Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain.

No tears yet. Reid's scarce moment of contentment and Audrey in her perpetual state...watching a movie on the DVD player...thank you, Stankowskis!

He drove almost the whole way there and back...such a sweetie.

First pit stop: Super Target in Norman.

Finally! Almost there.

The most popular spot at Aunt Betty's. Audrey and her cousin Kamryn.

Audrey and Kamryn again!

Another popular spot: the porch swing. Amazingly enough, it wasn't too hot the first day.

At the motel...early in the morning. After playing so hard during the day, Audrey actually slept in!! A major feat.

The lake!

He was throwing rocks so cutely until I got the camera out...then he just got mad.

So...what do you think about this thing they call "reunion"?

There's a picture I would have liked to have inserted here but it's against Mennonite beliefs...I think. We went to a Mennonite bulk food store. So quaint. The young woman behind the counter was just beautiful in her Mennonite garb. It felt like going back in time. Though I hardly said a word, I felt so loud and obnoxious in my modern clothes. There was just something quiet and graceful about the clean white bonnet and perfectly pressed periwinkle dress. Wish I could have had a picture of it!

Instead, I have a picture of my mother-in-law and sister-in-law at Mr. Ed's drive-in...the next best thing! I am privileged to have a wonderful family-in-law!

The real reason we made the trek out to Missouri...Grandma. She's 88 years old and loves Jesus.

Freedom Baptist Church...that church I was talking about in the previous post. Their high attendance Sunday was minus the Chandler sad.

That's it!


Amanda said...

I'm so glad we're both married to men with Missouri roots. We are making the drive in a few weeks and I will have to make Curtis stop in the Norman Super Target! I'm glad y'all had fun!

Josh, Nat, & Lily Pat said...

i hope you sang the song when you crossed over into know the one...O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A. Oklahoma, OK! glad you're back.

Jeffie said...

Um . . . i feel that you might have bragging rights taking 2 kids on an 8-hr. road trip and not going crazy . . . thank goodness for those DVDs :) I love your sweet family! Great seeing you the other night.

chavon said...

this looks like a blast! i haven't seen those kids in years it feels like. they have gotten big in a month! okay, so when are we getting together?? i am still reading chapters 7-9 in our book. lets get this done! love you!

Shane, Steph, Adeline, Adam said...

i finally got on here and caught up with your sweet family. Love the pictures and words of wisdom. The house looks awesome, too!! We are moving to san marcos next week, but look forward to staying up with your family here. Talk to you soon.

Andrea Bowman said...

hey lauren...
i love that you guys had to drive to MO for a reunion...we have to make the same drive next weekend, for the same exact thing. my mom's family reunion! not really excited, but i'm sure once we get there it'll be fun. did you know me and janet were born in the same hospital and went to the same college? random!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like y'all had a great time! I had a reunion as well last Sat - my 30th high school reunion. Yeah, you read right - THIRTY!!

Glad you're back!

thosetonnes said...

Looks like y'all had a lot of fun!

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

You are brave, brave people on that drive, but the trip looks like so much fun!

Bex said...

ahhh good ol' family reunions and road it!!

Savannah said...

How old are your kids??? They r sooooo adorable!