Cute Google video of our summer trip. A photo album of our trip with maps and places marked out can be found at this link.
Though we had just come to Utah in early April, we decided to go again in June for several reasons - Mike, Lia, and I hadn't had a reunion in two years, Emily and Julia had each had summer babies, and my Uncle Mitch had passed away.
We took off from Washington around 3:00pm and hit a TON of traffic. There was a lot of road work going on in Snoqualmie Pass which caused a couple hours of delay. We made our first stop at a Burger King in Cle Elum.
We stayed at an okay hotel in Hermiston, Oregon. Inside wasn't bad but I'd made two requests for a crib and they didn't have one for us, in spite of getting an email confirmation that there would be one available. We made a makeshift bassinet for her in the corner of the room by boxing her in with the furniture and making a mattress out of blankets. She didn't love it and had to cry a bit, but we got through the night okay.
We'd actually had a hard time finding anything reasonably priced when we were looking for hotels. I'd looked as far as Boise and everything was booked or cost $100 or more (we're glad we didn't book in Boise, though, since all the Washington traffic would have prevented us from getting there until around 4am). It must have been a high demand period with the start of summer and graduations bringing out all the travelers.
On Monday we went swimming at dad's pool. It was killer hot! We picked June because I made the mistake of assuming it wouldn't be as hot as July or August. I was wrong....Temperatures were around 100 while we were there.
Mom was nice enough to pick up inflatables and toys for the kids. She also picked up pool rings, which I thought was weird since my kids can't go diving for toys yet. To my surprise, Allison loves them. They're actually perfect for her sitting up in shallow water because they don't float away from her.
It's always cute when Allison find a mirror :)
Allison's "little black dress" got passed on to her cousin Emma, and in my opinion it looks cuter on Emma than it ever did on Allison. Usually her chunky legs are cute, but they just never looked good in that outfit, and putting her in pants covered up the cute frills. It's much more flattering on Emma.
The kids had lots of fun playing in the play room at Granny's house. This is also where Allison slept, so it was a bit difficult to stop Tyler from running into it while she was sleeping.
We went on the Tidal Wave and the train once everyone else got there, then I took Tyler back to Kaysville to get a nap. He was going up the the fish farm with daddy and grandpa later.
My silly guy didn't want to touch the flopping fish.
On Wednesday Allison was so excited by her new 80's outfit that she couldn't stop doing Jazzercise in granny's arms.
Cuteness! Allison actually got to play a bit this time now that she's such a solid sitter. She's pretty well entertained once you give her some toys.
Oscar took the kids to the water room while we were on the ropes course.
They liked it a lot!
All the cousins reunited at the water area and dad finally got his picture of him with all six grandchildren before we went out to Leatherby's.
Allison, on the other hand, was loving all the stimulation and was as cute as ever.
I have zero pictures of that day, but on Friday Oscar and I went to the Bountiful Temple, met my family at Tucano's for lunch, took the kids out swimming at Aunt Kathy's while I helped her and mom figure out some issues on their phones, then had pizza in the church parking lot while Mike set off fireworks. Allison wasn't a huge fan of the noise but was tired enough to fall asleep in grandma's arms.
Ice cream cones with cousins
And we stayed with Chris and Cambria on the way back. The kids played together while Ty tried to ride their bicycle decoration in the back yard. Stopping at their house is always really nice. You really can't beat hanging out with fun people who make you delicious food, provide comfortable accommodations, and just happen to have toys and baby gear for your kids to use.