Ahhh, we made it home today. As a bonus, we made sure to clean the house before we left so we got to come home to a clean house. Yes.
The trip was a success! The car did great, the kids did great, we got to do a ton of fun stuff, and see a lot of family and friends. It was also nice to escape the heat for a few weeks. Las Vegas tied it's all-time record high of 117 while we were gone - yikes! I think we planned this trip at just the right time.
Tomorrow reality hits -- grocery shopping, laundry, unpacking, pool cleaning, bill paying, and church responsibilities. It's gonna be a little crazy. But I'm planning to take it easy the rest of the week and spend lots of time at home and around the pool.
Here's a little look at week 3 through my iPhone & instagram photos
600 miles to Idaho. But first, a stop at Heavenly Donuts for some road trip fuel. It is Scott's favorite. Along the way Anna sang Primary songs for us. And I checked out the scenery -- it's been a while since I've driven the I-84.
We wrote up a schedule of activities to do each day and we sure managed to fit in a lot!
I know that Dennis & Valerie's favorite was the afternoon we (the grandparents + Scott & I + Conner) walked over to the temple to do baptisms for the dead. In our church, when you turn 12 (and are found worthy) you can go to the temple to perform baptisms on behalf of those who have passed on. There are several other ordinances that are performed in the temple, but you have to be an adult (and also found worthy by an interview with the bishop) to participate in those. You can learn more about our temples HERE and HERE and HERE. It was a really neat, unique experience to be in the temple together. That boy, Conner, just melts my heart!
One afternoon we went to an indoor bounce house. There was lots of time spent on the back porch and in the house playing games and catching up on blogs with all of our devices. I think there were 5 iPads in the house. Scott picked up some "fun" fireworks in Vancouver, Washington so we tested them out a few days early. Holy moly! They were HUGE and LOUD!
We loved the afternoon we went kayaking at Dierke's Lake. SO fun! Payton and Anna were a little nervous at first but once they were brave enough to get in a kayak on their own, they were superstars! To the edge of the lake and back. Conner also had his first experience with cliff-jumping. Despite getting water up his nose the first jump, he went back for more.
On the 4th of July we went to a small town parade in Buhl. I love small town parades! The weather was perfect -- a little overcast, not too warm, and with an ice cream cone in hand from the creamery across the street, life was good.
Later, around 8pm this crazy (and I mean CRAZY) windstorm picked up. Watch this VIDEO I took on instagram. Are we in Kansas or Idaho? Dust and tumbleweed everywhere. That put a wrench in our BIG fireworks plans, so instead we did a few fireworks in the street, watched the college fireworks show from a neighbor's backyard, and took silhouette pictures of the kids.
This was on our summer fun list! I love how it turned out!
Other activities during the week included:
a motorcycle ride with papa. Watch this VIDEO
roller skating. This was our kids' first time on roller skates and while there were some tears shed, they loved it! Later in the week they kept begging to go back for more.
washing the basement windows. When Dennis & Valerie watched the kids in April they attended the youth service auction at church and purchased some slave labor from Conner.
watching people die base jump from the Perrine Bridge. 1 landed on dirt. 3 landed in the water. Crazy people. Payton assured me that he would never do something like that, and went on to list all the things that could go wrong. That's my boy.
the lemonade stand. This is year number 2 and the kids love it.
We said good-bye this morning and made our way home (515 miles) through the-middle-of-nowhere Nevada. Oh Nevada, you are seriously lacking in the scenery department. We survived the doldrums of the two-lane highway while munching on chocolate chip cookies, Twizzlers, and french toast sticks from Burger King. I highly recommend the Mormon Channel app for traveling on Sundays (or any day). So much good stuff to listen to.
Okay, the summer road trip is over. And I'm so glad we did it.
If you need me the rest of the summer you can find me . . . .
1) painting or organizing shtuff in my air-conditioned house
2) sitting in the shade by the pool sipping some ice water and reading a book or
3) ordering a small tiger's blood snow cone with ice cream at Purple Penguin