~One of the biggest things we did over the summer was our trip out to visit Dad's side of the family who lives about a 13 hour drive away!! Our visit was full of Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, and 2 cousins... we stayed at their house for 7 days and had a blast!! Some of the highlights (in my opinion) were visiting the ocean (the waves are AMAZING!!!), swimming in their pool every day, spending time with family we don't see very often, and working on Grandpa's model train village with him. We all really enjoyed working on the trains... it's become sort of a tradition, almost. This time, we worked a lot on names. I mean, what town doesn't have a name?? This one didn't - so we named it: the village of Fhlabben. (That's all of the grandkid's initials mixed up.) We enjoyed making up names for the shops, stores, and other businesses in Fhlabben as well. We decided to make a theater (both my cousin Faith and I both have been in multiple shows and love theater), so we decided to name it: Faithful Elizabeth Community Players. :) My Dad loves biking and is often riding, so we created a bike shop and named it after him: John's Pedal to the Medal. We named the hospital after our Grandma: Susan _____ Memorial Hospital. We totaled everything up, and we have 24 stores/businesses in Flabben, all named after someone. We even named the roads after shows we've been in: ie, Kensington Avenue (from MMISL), Easy Street (from Annie), etc. :) Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention is this - Grandpa tries to make as much of the town from unwanted junk as much as he can. For example, we have a medical helicopter, plus a few others, and he got them from a falling-apart game at a garage sale for a quarter! The oil refinery used to be Styrofoam, and the hospital used to be boxes he received a few model trains in! Enjoy a few pictures.
Here is our "downtown", if you will, with the hospital (the blue and copper tall thing) in the back.
The other end of town; an oil refinery, a shoe factory, a shipping center, and the junkyard on the farthest right.
A close-up of part of the junkyard.