This week we were blessed with some much-needed vacation time for Matt! Though he used five days of vacation, he also benefited from having the weekends off on either end which bought us some extra "free" time. I think we found a good balance of excitement and trips mixed with down-time to catch up on some things at the house that have been feeling neglected. We started the week off with a trip to visit my Uncle Bob and Aunt Pam in Rockford, Illinois. We left Friday afternoon and arrived for dinnertime. Saturday morning the "big" kids headed out with Matt and Uncle Bob for some fishing and a surprise trip to the "race track" for Caleb! After rest time some more of my extended family came over to join us for a picnic. The kids had so much fun together and it was great to see everyone! We spent the first half of Sunday in Rockford before heading off to meet Kevin (Matt's best friend) in Chicago for dinner. The kids were excited to see him and tell him all about their weekend. We made it home around midnight Sunday - a full weekend but a great way to start off the week!