Thursday, May 28, 2009

Guess What's New Here?

Let me tell a little bit of the story behind it first.  Roger and 4 of our children got up early on Monday morning to catch a train.  (I love that Roger enjoys spending time with our children - and has fun doing it!)  One of his good friends took them to the train station so that the rest of us didn't have to get up at 6am.  Thank you Duncan!  I did get up to say good-by and give out hugs before going back to sleep. 

They met the conductor as they boarded the train.  He dropped his hat onto Daniel's head and the boys loved taking turns wearing it.  .

Free food was enjoyed by all!  Who knew they would give out free food?  They played games and loved the big table to do this on.

The conductor on the right is the one who loaned out his hat.

After riding for a few hours, they were met at the station by my sister and her daughter.  During the moments of sunshine that day, they enjoyed swimming. 

Aunt Laura treated the girls to a pedicure.  It sounded like it was a lot of fun and I hate that I missed out on all the fun!  I stayed home with Eliana and Christopher.  Eliana had therapy and I needed to get some things done before we started our camp this week.  (More on that another day.  Our first day was today and it was great fun!)  I wish we could have all gone on the trip!

Well, the next day, our family returned home ... like this.

We have a new van.  It's really nice - though I haven't gone for a test drive yet.  It has been 2.5 years since we've all been able to ride together.  I'm looking forward to doing that again!  There is plenty of room for all of us.  :-)  (We've taken out one row of 3 seats to give us storage in the back.)

Roger did a lot of researching to choose the van and the dealer.  I think he did a great job.  I'm looking forward to using it.  Thanks!

Hope you are having a great week!




  1. Congratulations! What kind of van is it? We have a Chevy Express 15 passenger. We got it 8 years ago....just before Connor was born. After the new baby arrives we'll need all of the benches in (we usually take the last one out in the summer for the cooler and vacation etc.)

    I am sure you are very excited!!


  2. What a great new addition to your home. It looks like everyone had so much fun getting it too.



  3. And here I was thinking "I wonder if they got a puppy!"

  4. I like the looks of it. Congrats!

    Michelle @ Delightful Learning

  5. Yippee! We have a new minivan here too, but ours wasn't very fun to get. We just drove across town!


  6. Karen – It is a Ford 15 passenger. I’m sure there is more, but I don’t know it. Just know it’s big and will hold us all!

    Dawn – They had a blast going to get the van. Don’t we wish all shopping trips could be so much fun!

    Sheri – Ummm … no. No puppy here. I think Eliana would love one though and I know Christopher would too.

    Melissa – Enjoy your new van!

    Michelle – Thank you! My oldest had talked about adding a flame to it to give it some personality! Lol

  7. healthyhomeschoolMay 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Leslie, what a cool van!! Do I see flames or racing stripes in the future?

    I've been really wanting to take a train trip with Michaela. :)


  8. Whoohoo! Now you and Jess are twins! Love it! ;) And what an awesome train ride!

    Heather P

  9. What a beautiful van! I'm excited for your family to be able to travel together with room to spare.


    Pam in SE MI

  10. That was so encouraging because we have outgrown our van, but we only have one vehicle. Hum? How do we do it? LOL

  11. Congrats on the new van. We have outgrown ours as well. Unfortunately, we only have one car!

  12. Dear Leslie, I just spent a while catching up on your blog. Looks like y'all are doing well. I was wondering how that worked with your vehicle...enjoy your new van! :-) I'll catch up more with you later. Have a blessed day.



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