Eli was so excited to fly in a plane again...not to sure about mama and daddy! We flew into Indy to visit Uncle Joe. What a surprise it was for Eli to see his brother Justin as he drove down to visit with us. Eli was amazed at how his brother and uncle could blow bubbles...he kept saying, "again, again!!." Uncle Joe bought a really nice new house a couple months ago so we had to check it out. Eli loved playing with the kitty...not so sure it was mutual! On Saturday we checked out the Indy Zoo. Eli had a blast checking out all of the animals...even got to touch an elephant. After dinner, Uncle Joe and daddy hooked up the projector in the garage. Eli was in heaven as he was able to watch The Wiggles as they covered the entire garage wall. Later the boys were lovin' the big screen as they watch The Wiggles as well...oh wait, they watched some crazy sci-fi movie!
After we got back from Indy, we went to visit Nana and Papa at their cottage. I am calling their living quaters a cottage because it is the most hilarous living area I have seen them live in! The view of Custer State Park is absolutely beautiful. Rob had to work in Rapid City for the week so the three of us "camped" next to Nana and Papa. One day, we went to Old MacDonald's Farm to check out all of the animals. Eli loved the cows, donkeys, and feeding the fish. We went to the section by the poultry house to wash our hands...the smell was disgusting! The workers came to empty the garbage only to find a ton of rotten eggs that sat in the sun for who knows how long...just gross!!! Eli and I took off one day and went to our favorite place in Rapid City, Story Book Island. He played for 3 hours (that is were the picture of Eli standing in the dog bowl was taken). Then we took a gander over to the Central States Fair...a little smaller than Summer Celebration in Muskegon and even smaller than Ionia Free Fair but we still had fun. Eli loved riding on the little cars....I should have added the picture of him riding the motorcycles...I figured he would love them. NO! NO! NO! He didn't like them at all...the picture I took of him tells it all! We continued on our way to and visited Nana and Papa at Prairre Berry Winery. After several Bug Bite crackers, we headed to Legion Lake inside Custer State Park. I wasn't sure how Eli would like the lake....he has only been in pools. He thought it was pretty cool to wander in and out of the water. Plus they had a playset right on the beach so he was very content.
We are now back home until our next journey over Labor Day Weekend. This will be the 1st LD in a long time that we haven't gotten together for our huge LD party with aunts, uncles, and cousins galore. It will be sad not to partake in the adventures....definitely one of the huge downfalls of moving out west. Thankgoodness my cousin and his wife are carrying on the tradition for those who can attend...we will be there in spirit.
Currently Eli has some skin infection (doctors think it is MIRSA but will be confirmed by the culture they took yesterday). We thought he had an allergic reaction to some bug bites but my mother instinct kept telling me it was something else....so on to the med center we went. Did I mention that his face is so swollen that he can barely keep his eye open? OUCH! Thank goodness that he is feeling normal...he has mastered climbing out of his crib (I had to go back to his crib as he keeps getting out of his toddler bed...now he can get out of both...yikes!) He is on medication that prohibits him from being out in the sunlight. For a boy that loves the outdoors, this is challenging for him and his mama!