A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. --Forest E. Witcraft

Thursday, July 21, 2011


We had a wonderful time in South Dakota. The total was about 30 at the family reunion. We all enjoyed time with our cousins, across three generations.

Tuesday we went on an all day event which started with a pancake breakfast, included a bus ride which stopped at Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse Monument among others, squeezed through the tunnels on Needles Highway (incredible in a bus), ate lunch at the summer white house for President Coolidge, and finished with a cowboy dinner and music show. It was a great way to sight-see. Only down side was that BB did not want to sleep AT ALL. He was a little loud on the bus a couple times, but people were generally forgiving. Mt. Rushmore was awesome! I think everyone should see it at least once!

Wednesday was a relaxing day at the resort camp. The kids played with their cousins and aunt. I took the van in and had the seatbelt repaired. That night was our family's evening for dinner preparation. We made Mexican Straw Hats, an old time favorite rendition of a taco salad. Everyone devoured it!

May, Sweets, and Buddy went horse back riding for an hour and a half on Thursday morning. They loved it and wished it were even longer. More family time and packing filled the rest of the day.

Friday morning we said our good-byes and headed down the road again. The three day trip home went very well. I am so proud of the kids! Even BB survived, although he definitely did not like being strapped in the car seat for such a long time. It was good to get home to my own bed. I definitely declare this vacation a success!

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