Aunty Peggy and Uncle Neil’s house in Michigan reminds me a lot of my parent’s house in Wisconsin. Both are situated up on a hill with the driveway coming into the front of the house. In the back, both houses walk out on the lower-level basement to a yard that slopes down to a body of water. At my parent’s house there’s a pond that is surrounded by thick woods and is home to a lot of wildlife. At Peggy & Neil’s there’s a lake with a small sandy shore and you can swim and boat.
Uncle Neil told me he’d just gotten more sand poured recently. The kids loved this. Tommy didn’t want to get wet or dirty. He told the other kids to get him buckets of water from the lake. Then he had them set the buckets down by him and so Tommy could dump them in the dump truck. Tommy is destined to manage the family business some day!
Naoko and Heather were up at the house making dinner for that night. Most of the other non-golfers were just lounging around. With the kids it was actually still relaxing. It was when all the golfers got home that things got loud and crazy.
Tommy, Aunty Peggy, Caroline, Kenji, Cory
Aunty Laura, Aunty Glenna, Caroline, Tommy, Kate
Kenji was lounging too. This is a rare moment for him. Usually he screams bloody murder when he is not by his mom, Naoko. And not just by her, she has to hold him. It’s worse when he can see or hear her and she’s not holding him.
This is Trixie:
She loves to do this:
And remember Tommy? Who didn’t want to get wet? Trixie did this to him.
We all saw it coming, but Tommy was shocked. Then he started to giggle.