We loaded up our new Chrysler Town and Country on Friday April 24th and headed for our first destination, Chicago IL.
The girls got to build magnet monkey/apes. They were asked to build the one they thought would live in the tropical rainforest and Kiara chose the correct one.
They made friends with a monkey.
Khloe was excited to be in the "rainforest"!
Hanging with the fish
I promise she had more fun that she is letting on in this photo!
See there is her beautiful smile!
After hanging at the zoo a few hours it was time for lunch, we enjoyed a picnic lunch...in the van!
Next we headed down to the Navy Pier, getting to drive through Chicago's magnificent mile.
We spent the next several hours at the wonderful Navy Pier. Like I said it was a rainy day but the sun did come out for a bit and it didn't rain very hard while we were there. However they are remodeling the entire pier so there was construction stuff everywhere. Didn't make for the photos I had hoped for but still took plenty anyways.
The next day we packed up, took a quick dip in the pool and got on the road about 12pm. That was the longest of all our drives, we pulled into Ellicottville NY at 2am! Granted we lost an hour, that was still 13 hrs on the road and we all felt it! My mother stayed with my grandfather and his wife while we stayed in the ministry house.
Monday we spent the day relaxing in the huge ministry house we were staying in, that the St Paul's Lutherans church offers travelers and spent some time with my grandpa Seeley visiting the New York state park, Alligany Park. Spring hadn't quite sprung up there yet but the views were still pretty cool.
At the park they have like a visitors lodge that the kids enjoyed seeing.
My grandfather lives in a town called Great Valley, here are a few photos from a look out point over near his town.
On Tuesday we headed to the small town of silver creek where my grandmother used to live and I spent time growing up. I showed my family a few of the places that I had memories of and then we headed to another small town where we spent the evening bbqing with my second cousin Denise and her husband Kevin and a few other relatives.
Part 2 coming soon..