It is always fun to go off on vacation and see things and people and play and have a simply grand time, and yet it is so wonderful to arrive home at last to your own cozy bed. We got home last night after a 16 hour drive home from Montana yesterday. The kids did remarkabley well – especially Jacob, considering we were stuck in a car all day after such an eventful trip. We spent 12 days gallavanting about. The trip started with us driving to Boise, ID for a family reunion – we arrived there on Thursday the 19 (my birthday – spent traveling in a car, wasn’t to bad though because the kids must have sung at least 20 – 30 different renditions of happy birthday to me at the top of their lungs during the entire drive 🙂 ). The reunion ended on Saturday night, and as we were there with Paul’s parents and his Dad needed to be back in Montana for work on Monday we took off Sunday for the Big Sky. Driving from Boise to Billings takes you right past Ricks College (sorry, BYU Idaho) and we couldn’t resist the urge to at least drive past and around the campus – and see the almost finished temple.
The temple is glorious – you can see it from miles and miles away.
And how can I resist taking a picture of our home away from home for all music majors and music nuts (I was a nut, never majored) the infamous Snow Building. If we had time I would have gone inside and taken a picture of the Fishbowl. 🙂
After our detour through Rexburg we headed off toward Paul’s parents’ home, but not without stopping by a family favorite traditional spot, Howard Springs. Howard springs is a pretty little spot where a clear, crisp, cool natural springs bubbles out of the ground – the best water EVER. We stop whenever we are near and refill water bottles. The kids enjoyed the break from the car and the fresh cold water.
The tall blond boy is Paul’s nephew who accompanied Paul’s parents on the trip.
Jacob contemplates the small stream nearby.
We made it to Billings with only one child getting sick along the way – that was Jacob, but at least we were well armed with water and paper towells and he didn’t throw up much, poor thing. We did have to pump Elizabeth full of dramamine though. 😉
Our drive home was very uneventful, except that we forgot to give Elizabeth dramamine and she threw up on a straight stretch of freeway about 2 hours out of Billings. Thankgoodness for well placed garbage sacks through out the car – we didn’t even have a mess after that one. We popped her some dramamine and made it home without any further incident – other than cranky whiny parents and kids after 12+ hours crammed in a car together. 🙂 I’ll write about some of the events in the trip indiviually, we did a number of neat things, and saw many grand a glorious sights. But for now, I need to get my house in order after our arrival home last night. (Though what I really want to do is lay back down in that coziest of cozy beds right now – boy how one misses their bed when they are away). Anyway, off to be Cinderella I am… 🙂
Now that we are done with our major vacation, I am hoping to write more frequently – say get back in my habbit of writing once a day – hopefully.