While all things wedding are still fresh on the brain, I couldn't help but use this to create a theme for this post.
After the wedding we spent a week at Scott's parents' house in Idaho. Here is the run-down.
something old. . . . We have certain traditions, routines, must-do items that happen just about every trip to Idaho. Like,
Washing the cars
This means pulling the cars into the garage to spray, soap up, rinse, and dry. I think they do this to keep the sun or dust in the air from interfering. I think after years and years of the Brown boys doing this, it has become a finely tuned process. And our kids are always happy to help.
Playing lots of games with Grammer
Visiting with Grandma Mona. Or as Anna says, "Grandma Moroni".
A four-generation shot. (I was sooo excited - and surprised - to get this smile out of Conner! I've spent years dealing with awkward, goofy, or half-smiles from him every time the camera appears. Then to get this . . . . a million dollar smile. Let's hope it stays.)
Pizza subs at Papa Kelsey's, extra thick rootbeer shakes at the Shake Out
Golf. Scott and his dad managed to make it out for 2 rounds of 18 holes during the week. Then on Friday they participated in a golf tournament, with guest Johnny Miller there to give a golf clinic mingled with a few valuable life lessons. You could consider this "Time Out for Men" and they had a great time. One evening we all went to the driving range to hit some balls and then had dinner at the clubhouse, followed by some chipping and putting.
I love how my golf pictures turned out so I'm sharing a bunch.
Do you see the tee and the ball flying? How cool!
Scott and Dennis with dual shots
something new . . . .
Eating at Cafe Rio. A first for me.
Walking across the street to do a session in the temple.
Fun, crazy, slightly disturbing looking punch balloons from Grammer.
The kids loved these. They loved them so much that during the drive home, Conner & Payton began a balloon blowing contest in the back seat (unbeknownst to us). As we were rolling into Ontario the balloons popped simultaneously. Gave me quite a jump as I'm driving along at 70 mph.
A fun park and picnic day in Kimberly.
Bags and bags of Uncle Randy's old Star Wars lego sets to be assembled.
I have one more "something new", but it will be a separate post. Your clue: Nat Soo Pah.
something borrowed . . . .
Hunger Games from Valerie. I've heard good reviews from a variety of people. I delved into the first few chapters on the drive home and cannot wait to get back into it!
Scott "Sherman-ed" a few Star Wars books to read during our upcoming Hawaii trip.
And we adopted Scott's Eagle Scout awards and Boy Scout patches and merit badges -- they are all nicely displayed in a frame with a photo of him at age 15 or 16, in full Scout uniform.
something blue . . . .
Anna's eyeball! I have no idea how this one got started, but all week long we heard,
"Hey! Are you looking at my eyeball?!"
She said it for the first time on the drive there, and she continued to say it 20 times a day. Soon it was followed up by, "You are a very bad kitty." Total, complete randomness, that girl.
Funny thing, since we've been home I think I've heard her say it once.