Thursday, August 21, 2008
A Van Down by the River
I love vans. No seriously. Most of my friends have vowed never to be "mini-van moms" because I guess vans are uncool or something. I am not a hip mom. I am a practical mom. Vans are practical and so cool.
The van pictured above is my mom and dad's van. It is not my ideal van, but it has a lot of memories tied up in it. I have traveled around the world (well the Western States at least) in this baby! One of my favorite memories is yelling at Jared when he farted that he "saved it all up" just for vacations. Now I can add singing hearty renditions of "The Ensee-Weensie Spider" and "Where is Thumbkin" to my favorite memories. (I already had exciting singing memories in the van, but the songs weren't so juvenile)
Last week, while Mike was on a business vacation to Ft. Walton Beach in Florida, my mom, Shaelynn and I took the girls to visit my Grandma in Kennewick. It was a really really really long drive. We left at 9:00 a.m. and arrived at 11:00 p.m. I think it is a feat I will not repeat (ha that rhymed). Next time I will break the drive up into two days.
Kenzie summed it up best when we arrived and were getting her ready for bed. "We drove and drove and drove and I cried and I cried and now we are here and I am sooo happy!" She said it in a very melodramatic voice, with a perfect 'primary president tone' on the "I am sooo happy" part.
A long time ago Mike and I decided that our children would appreciate the scenery and interact with us during car drives. On the way home from Washington, I decided that plan only worked in theory. Whoever invented the portable dvd player was an angel from heaven. I think Kenzie watched 5 videos. I did make her take a break to play "Animal Sound Bingo"
Enough about driving. We had a great time and ate great food(made by my Grandma, who is by far the world's best cook), and left too soon.
Here are some pictures which sum up the trip:
We stopped for lunch at Shoshone falls in Idaho. When we rounded the corner and the falls came into view Hannah got so excited she kicked her little feet and yelled "Ta-ta-ta-TA DAH!"
These are the seatless toilets at the fabulous Shoshone falls bathrooms. They made me feel very uncomfortable. It seems like a good idea, but then, it seems really weird.
My Grandpa and his pet duck. Everytime we visit he has something interesting to show us. I think the pet duck is now my favorite. It even tops the fart machine he demonstrated for Mike and me one year.
Shaelynn, Kenzie and Grandpa swinging at the Sacajawea Park. One night we took a picnic dinner there and it was really cool. Lewis and Clark camped there. Shaelynn and Kenzie, looking fabulous in front of an educational sign at the park.
Yeah, I look way cute in this picture, but it's the only one I have of most of us. My mom was standing on the walkway trying to balance her crutches in the bouncing water.
My camera is dying. All the pictures at the waterpark by my Grandma's house were blue-ish weird. We had a great time at the waterpark. Shaelynn tried to push me in, but it was Kenzie that really got me all wet.
The requisite really awesomely cute self portrait. Why is it that Shaelynn and my Grandma look so cute?
On the way home (already?? It was a short trip), we found the cutest park in Burley, Idaho of all places. I couldn't believe how much fun it was.
So, if you're ever in Burley, Idaho visit this awesome park.
Well, that was a lot of pictures, and a long travelogue, it was almost as long as our van trip. We were glad to get home and see Mike again. We missed him on our trip and fondly thought of him during meal times by exclaiming, "This is the best meal I have ever had."
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for entertaining us and letting us eat all your delicious food and put yucky diapers in your pristine garbage can.
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