Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wangerin's Injury (written by Katherine)

We had lunch with Pastor Wangerin. I shared a cheesesteak with him. This was right before Wangerin's injury.
On Sunday, June 21st, when the family got back from seeing Pastor Wangerin, we went to the hotel. I set Wangerin down on the bed. Then Brett sat on him. I quietly said, "Get up!" But he did not move. I tugged on Wangerin's right arm, and then 'SNAP'...'SNAP'. Wangerin's right arm was broken off! I cried a lot. Mom said that we were going to look for a Build-a-Bear Workshop. But we did not find one. So we looked at the Philadelphia Visitor's Center. Mama put Wangerin's arm in her purse. I did not like that, because I did not want people to see that he did not have an arm. We saw these two girls who were dressed up from the past. They were sewing quilt pieces together. Mama asked if they could sew a bear's arm. They said that it would be a bit more difficult and would take a long time, but they said they would do it. The one girl gave the job to the other girl because she said she was better at it. I was ok leaving Wangerin with them. I trusted them. We walked around looking at things and reading signs and posters. We got back about a half hour later. Wangerin was about finished. The girl was sewing the arm up really good. She was very nice to fix my bear for me.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Logan's Thoughts on Our Family Vacation

My favorite part of our long trip was when we got to stay with the Wilhelm's for two nights. First we watched their church softball game. They won 19-5, then we went to a pizza place for dinner. After dinner, we went back to the house and went to bed. Brett and I were in Matt's room (which is really cool!), mom and dad were in Sarah's room and Kate was in Mary's room. It was fun staying up past midnight watching Seinfeld. The next morning we woke up and went to Vacation Bible School, Matt and I had a group of little kids. It was pretty fun!
After VBS ended, we went back to the house then Matt, Kate, Brett and I took Sammy (their dog who is really cute!) for a walk around the town. That was really fun!!! After we got back from that we played a few games of basketball (Me and Matt vs. Brett, Dad, and Kate) then we went inside for dinner.
That evening we had grilled burgers which were really good, then we went to an ice cream place!!! I loved it!!!
When we got back, we played some wii, then we played the Scene It? Movie version. After that we went to bed. I only made it through the first episode of Seinfeld (from midnight -12:30am) that night then I went to sleep. The next morning we woke up, said our long and sad goodbyes and left for the Justice's.
We stayed with the Justice family for three nights. Ummmmmm, lets see the first day we played basketball with the Justice boys (Andy, Mike, and Jake) and played on their wii with them which was pretty fun. We grilled out and had s'mores for dinner, which was really tasty!!!
The next day we went to Frankenmuth which is a neat little German community, that's where Brett added a new member to his Dackel (dachsund) family, he named the dog (stuffed) that he got Michigan.
Then we went back to the house, had dinnner played outside for a while then went to bed. The next day we went to a nearby Wal-Mart where I got a Detroit Pistons hat and Brett got a Calvin Johnson jersey for $5.00 (I wonder why it was so cheap?). After that we did more of the same things, watching T.V, playing outside, and playing video games. We had a great spaghetti dinner then after watching most of Young Guns 2 with dad and Mr. Justice on T.V. I fell asleep.
Then we went on to Philadelphia which was pretty fun except for all of the walking and going to one too many historic sites.
Dad, Brett, Pastor Wangerin, Logan, Katherine in front of Independence Hall
Logan, Katherine, Brett at the spot of the First Continental Congress
Katherine, Brett, Logan in front of the sign for "Brotherly Love"
After Philadelphia we went to Atlantic City for a day and then we started our journey
back home.
Logan resting on the beach
Logan, Katherine, Mom, Brett in Atlantic City, NJ
We went to Gettysburg which was pretty neat, stayed overnight.
The next day we went about halfway home stopping at a hotel in Ohio at around 11pm. Then we went home to our Lucy!!!
THE END!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Brett's Thoughts on our Family Vacation

Our first stop was the Wilhelm's house. They have a really cute dog named Sammy and I just love him. I played with him all the time there. We went to the Wilhelm's church softball game. It was fun to watch. Their team won the game. The next day, I went to the VBS camp but I found out that I was too old for it. I didn't want to stay anyway. So I got a tour of Greenville from Mary with Grace, Mom, and Dad. We went to this store that had some Lions stuff. I saw some good stuff but I didn't want to spend that much money. So I just got four pencils for a dollar. On our way home we went to the Walmart, and I bought a Detroit Lions t-shirt. Logan and I slept in Matt's room. The next day we went to the Justice's house in Rochester Hills. We played basketball a lot. On the first night we were going to sleep in a tent in the Justice's backyard but it rained. The next day we all went to Frankenmuth. We went to a few fudge and taffy shops. For lunch we went to a burger place. After that I got Michigan, a stuffed Dachshund. That night we went in the tent for an hour but then slept in the basement. It was a good thing because it rained. Then we went to Philadelphia. On Sunday we went to an Episcopal church, and we sat with Pastor Wangerin. The service was really different. After the service we did some site seeing. Pastor Wangerin got us all cheasesteaks.
So our vacation=lots of fun for me.