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What a Week!

It has been quite the week. Prepare for cute kid picture overload.

Last Tuesday morning, we picked up a rental car (since named Bucky and much loved by my kids), packed it up, and headed off for some family reunion fun- just me and the kids. Brendan had to stay behind and work. I was really rather scared by the idea of such a long drive without another adult to help me. Really scared. Like spending the night before crying that I didn't want to go alone scared. But, I decided I really wanted to see my family so the only choice was to put on my big girl panties and make it happen.

WooHoo! Road Trip!

The first day's drive (about four hours to Great-Grandma's house) gave me hope for the rest of the trip. There was no fighting and very little whining. Mostly they just zoned out, watched a movie and occasionally asked how much longer it was going to be. We stopped at IKEA along the way. AKA- the best place ever. I was looking for fabric but ended up with a doll bed, a side table, some kids plates and bowls, and free dinners for the kids.

The next day was a nine hour drive. For us. It only took my Grandma and Grandpa seven and a half hours.We only stopped three times but every time we did it was a big production. I had to buckle and unbuckle everyone, take everyone to the potty, refill everyone's water bottle, get out snacks, get out toys, find marker lids, and change the movie before we could get going again.

Rest Stop in Utah

But, we finally made it. Just in time for hugs and hellos and dinner. We stayed at wonderful YMCA cabin about an hour and a half outside Denver. There was so much to see and do, so many relatives to play with. We all had a wonderful time.

There was the craft cabin which we visited twice. OK, maybe three times.

I snuck my own project into the craft cabin.






I think Anna would have happily spent the entire trip in the craft cabin.

One morning, while everyone else hiked to a waterfall (I just didn't see Ellery and Sam making it without being carried most of the way), we headed to the camp library to make friendship bracelets.



Well, it turned out they were also having a presentation on dog sleds. The presenter brought along his team of dogs as well as two week old puppies. It pretty much made my kid's day.


Sam was convinced we needed to take the puppy he held home with us.





We made a couple of trips to the nearby town to shop with Grandma and play in the park.










We went to the ski resort with the intention of playing on the bounce house and bungee trampolines and other fun things. We wandered a bit, found everyone else, my brother rescued someone who passed out, we panned for gold.



And then it started to rain. They were still letting people jump on the trampolines, so we got in line. The kids got their harnesses on and were next to go. Then it started to thunder and lightning. That was that. They closed everything down. We spent a while wandering around, trying to stay dry and then eating really good pizza for lunch just hoping that the storm would pass. It didn't. That was maybe the low point of the trip. Crying, wet, cold, disappointed kids. But they got over it as soon as we got back to the cabin and got dry.

 One day, back at the YMCA, I discovered that there was also an Indian and Nepalese Heritage camp going on. And they had an Indian and Nepalese market that was open for anyone. Awesome. I went once and bought a shirt and little toy elephant for Anna, a felt ball for Sam and a purse for Ellery. Then I took my mom back. That time Sam got another ball, Ellery got an elephant and a ball and Anna got a shirt and skirt from me and a doll from my mom. The five dollar shirt and skirt turned out to be the best five dollars I have ever spent. Anna loves it with an unholy passion.

Indian Princess

As girly as it gets.



She spent the whole rest of the day playing Indian Princess. Even during the family kickball game.





All in all, it was a wonderful trip. There are so many more pictures I wish I had taken- my kids having a blast in the pool, Anna and I working on her second project at the craft cabin, any picture of me and the kids. But, mostly I wish I had gotten more pictures with family- cuddling up to Grandma, playing with cousins, playing princesses with my cousins. I guess I was just too busy getting juice, picking up after them and making sure no one drowned. I guess I'll just have to happy with the pictures I did manage to get. At least, until the next family reunion.



Early morning cousin craft party.



balloongal said…
This is a great post. I'm so glad to read about your trip.

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