Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So we left on Friday and drove the 4 hours to a town that has tourism once a year, during the Spudman. Burley, Idaho. It actually was nice and quaint. We set our tent up along with about 20 other families in a park off the main road, across from one of the transition stations.
It actually would have been fine . . . except I am NOT a camper (tent camper) especially not with a baby. After this trip my opinion on the topic was reaffirmed!
We cosily settled in for an early bedtime because the guys were waking up at 5 am to get to their stations on time. Boston did great for the first 2.5 hours. So she slept from 8:30-11:00pm. Then she started to stir. Without a crib she quickly crawled between me and Andrew and started saying . . . Dadd- ie. (Very cute, but very loud in a silent park with very serious athletes wanting to get very serious sleep).
I bet you all know where this is going. So good-ol' Mom (non-triathlon participant) heroically tried to silence and put the baby back to sleep. She gets kicked, whacked (un-intentionally), and hair-pulled in the process.
12 am- Still awake.
1 am- Still awake with baby getting louder.
2 am- Mom gives up. Plays with baby in car (so she doesn't keep everyone else up) for 3 HOURS, at which time baby finally decides it is night-time and she is tired.
6am- Everyone up.
If my addition is right that means dear sweet Boston let me (MOM) sleep a total of 3.5 hours. It was a blast!
Besides that little set back it was a good day. The sister-in-laws were great and we had a fun time running from station to station together. I actually was able to function and Andrew did awesome for his first Olympic distance triathlon. You swim 1 mile, bike approx. 25 miles, and run a 10k. It is pretty grueling. It was nice to be there to support him but unfortunately I think in coming years he might be making the trip alone unless a hotel is furnished.
I have attached some photos of him for your enjoyment.
Monday, September 8, 2008
We had a great tour guide in Kirtland who took us in chronological order to the sites that Joseph Smith visited. It was really neat to trace his footsteps and see the faith it took for him to keep going despite humble and very trying circumstances. Boston liked our walk along the Quarry trail the best where they got the stone for the temple.
New York City, our next stop, was quite the contrast to the quaint, tree-filled, Kirtland. Andrew LOVED it. He had never seen such a metropolis before. I had already been to most of the sites a few years before we were married, so he let me and my sisters shop while he took a day of site-seeing. (It's amazing how much ground you can cover in NY without a baby). I must say I have a new talent to list on any "tell me about yourself sheets" that come along . . . can navigate large stroller through New York City Streets/Sidewalks and not DIE.
Awesome View from our Room
Palmyra was our last stop and my favorite. I love the feeling that presided there. I felt so sure of my membership in the LDS Church and that this special place was where it all began.
Near Sacred Grove, outside Smith Home.
I loved the Sacred Grove too. Our tour guide told us to watch out for Poison Ivy though and said it was everywhere along the trail. I saw some wild raspberries as we were walking and couldn't resist. Later on some people pointed out what it looked like and I was MORTIFIED! It look so much like the wild raspberries. I was sure I had poison ivy and spent the next 2 hours stressing until it didn't develop. Phew! Could you imagine sitting on an airplane for 5 hours with poison ivy. No thank you.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
We have had a great summer this year. I wouldn't have thought trips could still be as much fun while carrying extra bags, food for a week, a portacrib, medicine, etc. But, of course, having Boston along on them was the best part. She is so facinated with the world, and gets so much joy out of the simplest things (I know I can learn from that)
Our first big adventure was Pirates Cove in Boulder, NV. My Uncle Craig was very gracious to let the family enjoy a fun-filled week in Pirate Paradise! We did waterslides, swimming, boating, and relaxing. It was great. Boston had a blast.
Boston's Cute Cousins after the Treasure Hunt