....what you do is be gone for almost 3 weeks, travel through or to 7 states, sleep on sofas, blow-up mattresses and in really bad hotel rooms and put almost 3,000 miles on the car. Whew!
But let me tell you - it was worth it!
Our first stop was Colorado. Just for a night, but we just had to see these three!
Isn't he adorable! I just loved kissing those sweet cheeks of his!
And then we landed in Utah for a while.
And how do you get a 16 month old to warm up to you? First of all - you let her feel all safe in the arms of her dad - then you pull her in with a fun new book!
It didn't take too long before she was my friend again!
See these three amigos? This is the reason why we left a week earlier than planned.
A 40 year class reunion. The renewing of friendships. The erasing of years without seeing one another. It was good.
We took some time to go visit the places we lived in Cache Valley after we were married.
With each stop there were memories.
This is our first apartment. A nice one bedroom. We were upstairs to the left.
550 North 310 West
I could not make myself move there. So we said no thank you to the property manager opportunity and stayed with Don's parents for a couple of days until I found this place.
550 Dee Ave. This is where we lived when Amanda was born.
And for 2 months right before we moved to Evanston, Wyoming, we lived in the little basement apartment here. The door is on the left of the stairs. It was fine. Loved the location - just down the street from the temple.
125 East 200 North
We went to the Splash Pad in North Logan one day. Emma got surprised here by the water shooting up. She loves the water. She loves being outside.
When she got tired of playing in the water, she wrapped her towel around her and walked around the splash pad....watching other kids and 'talking' to them.
We took a little drive over to Bear Lake. It was Raspberry Days and there were so many people there.
Why would we make the trip to Bear Lake at a time when we knew it would be so crowded?
To go to LaBeau's of course! They have two locations, and this one was not as busy as the main one.
Emma loved giving her mom and dad tastes of milk shake. What good sports they were!
We walked around the lake, took lots of pictures, skipped some stones and let Emma play in the water for a while.
It was an almost perfect day. We just needed three more people there to make it absolutely perfect.
We still needed some extended family time up the canyon, so we spent at evening at 2nd Dam.
There was plenty of good food. Some hot dogs, s'mores, and feeding the ducks.
There was also some broken fishing line and lost lures. Oh well, better luck next time.
And I'm still waiting for a good rainbow trout to have for my dinner! :)
Amanda and Dustin took us to a little sandwich joint. Oh. My. Goodness. We quite enjoyed our sandwiches at Papa Jays. So much so, that we went back a 2nd time before leaving the valley.
I had a Pepper Popper: Beef, swiss cheese, cream cheese, bacon, chopped fresh jalapenos, tomato, lettuce, PJ's sweet BBQ and guacamole.
While in Colorado - we went to Cinzetti's. There are only two of them in the nation. One in the Denver area, and one in the Kansas City area. It's an Italian Buffet. We enjoyed it a lot also. One of my favorite stops there was at the crepe bar. Yummy!
|The Pepper Popper at Papa Jay's in Logan, Utah|
Amanda and Emma went with us early and Dustin joined us when he was done with work a few days later. Emma had a fun time giving little Parker kisses and touching him.
We hiked at Red Rock while there with a very stubborn little girl. She insisted on walking the entire way. We didn't make it to the top because someone was getting way too ornery - but it was a fabulous view and nice to be in the Colorado mountains even if it was just for a little bit.
|Of course we had to spend some time at the Park. This is something that really impressed me about the area where we were. There were lots of really nice parks, walking trails, bike trails, etc.|
|Parker's blessing outfit and the special blanket that his great grandmother Miller knitted. His mother used it when she was blessed also.|
And then the reason why we all traveled to Colorado: the blessing of Parker! It was a special day and we are grateful to all who came to be a part of it. There were family from both sides of the family. Some traveled for lots of miles - some for just a few. To everyone that was there - we say thank you! We wish more could have come - but we're grateful for those that were able to make it.