Tyler did pretty well too, though not at first. We'd loaded some videos onto a KindleFire for him to watch, but he kept asking for other shows we didn't have, and when I tried to put on the next show, it fell down out of my reach. Since we were on the freeway, we didn't stop and just told him he'd have to play with his books and computer. To our great delight, this kept him happier and quieter than we ever thought possible. It's amazing how long my child can entertain himself when he's strapped in and only has a few toys and books in front of him. We ended up not using the KindleFire for the rest of that or the return trip because he played so well with the few things he had.
Allison fell asleep on and off throughout the drive while Tyler fell asleep twice for two forty minute naps. The first time his neck fell forward, which worried me that his neck could be badly injured if we had an accident in that position. Fortunately he kept it held up during his second nap.
We stopped at my friend Cambria's house in Richland, WA to have lunch and nurse Allison. We could not have designed a better stop. It was so great to see her again and meet her sweet baby Avery. Her daughter Tayla entertained Tyler and Allison played with Avery's toys. Plus she made us delicious black bean quesadillas. We probably spent a bit longer than we should have there since we were enjoying ourselves so much.
We got our hotel for a really good price by doing a "name your own price" last minute deal. We were a little nervous since you can't check learn much about the hotel beforehand, so we didn't know if there would be a crib for Allison. The mystery hotel it suggested looked like it might be the Super 8 motel where we'd stayed when we drove down with mom last year, and they'd had a pack and play there, so we went ahead and booked it. We were surprised to see it wasn't the Super 8. It was the Wyndam Garden Hotel directly across the street. Fortunately for us, though, they had something even more comfortable than a pack and play - an actual fold out crib. There was also a desk chair in the room rocked, which felt similar to rocking her at home. I'd thought the different environment would throw off her sleep schedule, but she did pretty well. The risk we took definitely paid off.
We got back on the road and stopped for lunch at a Burger King in Jerome, Idaho. Allison sat up nicely in a high chair for the first time, and had fun playing with straws, plastic spoons, and Tyler's shoes. Tyler kept himself busy conquering the playplace. The initial climb up was a bit challenging for him without shoes, so I had to boost him the first time, but then he figured it out on his own after that.
We got in just in time to meet up with my mom and dad at Lagoon. We'd decided to get season passes since we'll be back to Utah two other times this year, so we'll go enough to make it worth it. Tyler thoroughly enjoyed going on rides with mommy, and was much more tolerant at going on his own on the ones mommy was too big for.
He loved the rides, but he really struggled with the lines.
We went on a few more rides that evening then tried to catch the Wild Kingdom train, but it'd already made it's last departure. We walked over to the Skyride, which they'd already blocked off for the night, but since there were still people in line they let us get on.
Oscar's mom dropped Ty back after he'd woken up, and he was able to do a few rides with the kids before they took off for the evening. We stuck around until closing and did a few more. Ty really liked driving in the green car.
We went out adventuring whenever the kids got out of school. They have a season pass to the Draper aquarium, so we went there on our first weekday. We tried seeing the 3D movie, but Ty could only sit through about 10 minutes of it, so he and I went off on our own for a bit. We got to see their 14 foot anaconda in all her glory before she climbed up into the green bush. By the end of the evening all you could see were the last couple inches of her body. This concerned the workers since they had a private party coming in that evening. They were saying they'd have to get the snake handler to move her out into the open.
On our way out Tyler chased the kids saying "got you cousin garbage truck" whenever he'd catch them.
Uncle Mitch got to meet and hold Allison while the kids went on rides.
I insisted we go out to Brick Oven pizza while I was there. Yummy! Allison was a bit fussy but dozed off in her car seat at the end of the meal.
The kids had fun at the Museum of Curiosity on Friday. Allison fell asleep in Mike's arms before we put her down. She's so cute in her car seat!