Over the river and through the woods...
...And through the Western Slope
...And through boring Utah
...And through a little corner of Arizona
...And through Las Vegas
...And through Southern California...
To Grandmother's house we went!
We piled in suitcases and strollers and DVDs and coloring books and snacks and Dr. Peppers and Pillow Pets and four kids and we drove straight through,
all the way to California for Thanksgiving.
It took 16 hours.
I helped Gary with the driving. I drove for one hour.
(Brody's special road trip glasses make time go faster.)
But we got there and hit the ground running!
(After a nap.)
Our week was rich with family and friends. It was a lot of fun to go and just be together and visit with some of the people we love most in this world.
We went to the CU vs. UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl! So fun.
The girls made us a sign to hold up.
We certainly brought it with us... but then OOPS!
We accidentally left it in the car...
Even though it was an AWFUL game, we had a blast with our friends
Thomas and Kristen (and Aubrey!).
We went to visit Granny and took an entire family picture
while everyone was there together! Pretty rare these days.
And then...we got to celebrate Thanksgiving TWICE!
Once with Gary's Mom's side of the family:
And again with Gary's Dad's side of the family:
In between all the fun, we had fun going to the park, taking bike rides, playing games and horsing around with Aunt Heidi and "Uncle" LV.
And then we piled back in the car for the
It seemed to take three times as long to get home.
But we passed the time with car dance parties,
the Toy Story movies and lots of good talks.
Is it crazy that I won't mind when we have to do it again?
And then we were home.
Brody kept telling us the whole time that he wanted to be home.
It's a pretty good feeling when your kids look forward
to going home because it's a place they like.
And I'm glad to be home too. I've been away a LOT lately, and I'm homesick!
I got up the next morning and tackled all of the
laundry non-stop until it was done. I love getting settled back into home.
That's something to be thankful for.