Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Utah-Idaho

Well, we did it again......3702+ miles, 70+ hours, 6 days of driving and 9 states.....all at the last minute. About 9:30 PM on Mother's Day, when we called to talk to Nate's mom, we found out that earlier that morning his grandma on his dad's side had passed away. We decided about 10:00 PM to get ready and make the trip for the funeral. So we spent about 4 hours packing, getting things ready, etc....slept for about 3 hours, woke the kids up and headed out the door......We were going to make this trip this summer to bless Toby in Idaho, so we decided to just stay a while and make a trip out of it now and we'd bless Toby here in Arkansas later on. Nate was able to take two weeks off, so we made the most of it.

Leaving Camden. Nate got Lainey some BIG earmuffs to wear to drown out the noise (she HATES noise) of Corbin and Toby if they got fussing. She thought that pulling out of the driveway called for the need to use them I guess. (By the way, she really only needed them like once. The kids did AWESOME the entire trip.) But she would just randomly throw them on. They'd be watching a movie and we'd look back and find her wearing them!........


Holy moly......We hit the WORST dust storm driving through New Mexico. There were times when I was seriously scared we were going to rear end someone, be rear ended, or run off the road. We would have stopped, but that would have been more dangerous. Here's a look at what times were like.......


So, we figured since we were driving all this way, it would be fun to see a site or two along the way. We decided we would stop by 4 corners since we've never been there before. Well, here it is......so much for trying......(Seriously????? What kind of construction is needed for a big concrete slab in the middle of no where?)


We're "HOME".....or almost anyways.....but boy, was this sign a sight for sore eyes!........


What a B-E-A-utiful sight! We sure have missed you. (The mountains and snow)......


Roasting marshmallows........


Corbin loves the song "Big Green Tractor", I'm not quite sure how, but he knows where it's at on the ipod and he'll set it to repeat and listen to it over and over again. Well, Nate's brother has quite a bit of land and we were there for a cookout one night. Corbin saw the riding mower, which he kept calling a tractor, and just sat on it for most of the night. He was in heaven when Uncle Aaron got the keys and let daddy take him for a ride!..............


A picture of 28 of the 31 grandchildren (the 3 missing are sisters and the oldest had seminary graduation).....


For whatever reason, the nieces and nephews LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOVE Nate. Whenever he is around, they flock to him and attach themselves to him. They love playing with him and horsing around. Nate was tossing a ball to one of the nephews to hit, and the next thing he knew he got roped into playing 1 on 25 baseball.....but they all loved it.........


Nate's parents have a huge yard that is perfect for family get togethers and plenty of room for all the cousins to play and have fun........


All these cousins share the same birthday...04/15.....


The three youngest cousins (#29, #30, and #31)....a December birthday, a February birthday, and an April birthday.....


Picture with Grandma and Grandpa Vollmer before we left.....


Corbin worn out.....


Nate and Lainey like to go out and do geocaching. Nate had found a "travelling" one that wanted to see space stuff, so we dropped it off at a cache out by Thiokol.




While in Utah, we had to stop in Bountiful and enjoy a Neilsen's frozen custard!


This is a picture of Lainey with my cousin, who is 8 months younger than Lainey. We stayed at her house on our way up to Idaho and for 4 nights when we came back down to Utah. They had a BLAST playing together every second that we were at the house.....


We were able to spend time with my grandma while in Utah. She's in a nursing home and has dymensia. We were lucky to catch her on good days and she remembered Nate and I and really enjoyed our visits. It was nice to spend some time with her, because every time I see her I keep thinking it will be the last. She got to meet her newest great grandchild, too!


We had SOOO much fun on this trip. I think this trip, more than any other, realllllly made us miss "home" and want to be closer to family. We saw some really good friends, whom we miss dearly. It just really hit hard this time. Being so far away from family and friends is the hardest thing about where we live. Come on Lockheed....hurry up and build a plant in Idaho!