It's become a tradition, heading to Helena, Montana for a vacation. We went
for Labor Day in 2008,
for the 4th of July in 2009,
for Labor Day in 2009 (to show off brand-new Ellie),
for Christmas in 2009,
for Papa John's funeral in 2010,
for Labor Day in 2010,
for Christmas in 2010 ( to show off brand-new Lynlee),
for Kylene's high school graduation in 2011,
for the 4th of July in 2012,
and now for the 4th of July in 2013.
And, wow, that was a fun trip down memory lane looking up all of those trips! Did I miss any Ky or Kikidee?
We carpooled with Tammy, and she was a good sport about how much extra time it takes to travel with potty-trained little girls who drink a lot of milk. Tammy has the trip down to a science, and can make it in less than 7 hours with only one flying stop. We had 3 (4?) stops and it took us about 8 and half hours. It seemed a lot longer, though, because we couldn't leave until after Greg got home from a meeting and didn't get Tammy and get on the road until 11:30. I have definitely been converted to the 4 a.m. start.
The beautiful thing about our visits is that we get to relax and catch up with some of our favorite people. We always play a lot of Hand & Foot, and jump on the trampoline, and play with Kyle's toys (like the boat and the 4 wheelers and the hot tub).
Lynnie's favorite toy right now are her "instruments." She has appropriated 2 blue combs and they can be a fiddle or a keyboard or drumsticks or whatever she feels like. She carries them everywhere.
Always a highlight to drive through Spencer, Idaho.
A little entertainment in the truck.
Lynnie was a little nervous to try out Uncle Kyle's new hot tub. It had a cool waterfall feature that pushed Lu over the edge. But Ellie loved it.
A long and fun day. Ellie fell asleep around 11, and Lynnie finally gave in at 11:15. Awesome!