Friday, July 30, 2010
1st Leg: Denver, Colorado
We stayed with Aunt Nancy who had fresh tuna salad and pickles waiting for us when we got there. We played Mother May I? in her backyard, and when the 60year old Nancy asked if she could take 2 cartwheel steps, oh yes you may! And yes she did!
2nd Leg: Lawrence, Kansas
On the way, I introduced Dannielle to my friend Mr. Chubbuck at the Wonder Tower. She saw his arrowhead collection along with his rare on going collection. Rather windy and cold up top of the tower.
two headed stuffed calf
Rare Japanese float with a lovely sign telling us we couldn't afford this.
After Torrential down pours in Kansas we decided we better pull off and wait it out. We saw a billboard claiming: "Yarn Store, Salina, Kansas exit 217, 2nd Friendliest Yarn Store in the Universe." After the eyebrows went up with intrigue we decided to find it what this was all about.
I asked the owner what the 1st friendliest yarn store was in the whole universe and her reply, "The one in your hometown." Smart lady. Smart businesswoman. While walking their quaint downtown, we also found a running store that would measure your pressure points in your stance and video tape you running to match a perfect running shoe for your foot. I've always wanted to do this. Who doesn't want to hear things pertaining specifically to them? Although Dannielle can pull off the skirt and tennies, you should not. Results, Dannielle runs on her toes and I over pronate on my right.
After our sign to carry on
I introduced her to my other friend Mr. Lessman.
Lucky for us, he gives tours WITHOUT his shirt on. Who knew? After a few head shakes and a few "Whoas!" We left Mr. Lessman and the children of the corn, and settled in to our hotel.
Leg 3: Nauvoo and Carthage
To make the trip worth it, we took a jaunt up to some historic church sites. It's hard to believe that the Saints had this nice of set up, and then had to leave it all behind.
Schoolhouse (notice how they spelled the word "of" in the sign above the teacher's head)
And sadly, this is where Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet was killed in Carthage, Illinois. I often wonder if it all went down differently and the Saints had stayed, if the church would be even bigger and very well invested. Imagine if they didn't have to start over, how ahead they would be.
Day 4: Morgantown, WV
We stopped at Wendy's to get some lunch, big mistake. Someone needed to inform Wendy's that I was on a cross country trip with three kids and not to put saxozoos in the kid's meals (a kazoo made like a saxophone). I tried to be understanding that they had been in the car for days, but after 30min of constant playing the saxozoos were put in timeout.
We made a stop to a rock garden. (Thank you Kjars for looking up the address I had lost) In the 1930's this man was laid off from his construction job in Springfield, OH so he decided to build things out of rocks. Talk about detail.
We also stopped in on Aunt Joc and the cousins in Columbus, OH and picked a few fresh veggies from the garden.
And then home. Hello Mat. Hello house. Hello clean van. Hello endless chores. Hello errands with kids. Hello kids whining about their awful hard life of making beds and not watching tv until their simple five jobs are done. Hello swimming pool. Hello humidity. Hello internet that goes in and out. Hello friends. Hello routine. Hello clothes in my closet. Hello toiletries in drawers. Hello menu board. But, most of all, Hello Mat.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Goodbye Grandma who played Sorry for the millionth time
Goodbye carefree bike rides with friends and without the kids (thanks for the babysitting ma)
Goodbye International Dinner with family
Goodbye Crazy kids putting on their spontaneous fashion show
We leave tomorrow morning for our long drive home. Dannielle is jumping in with us for the adventure. Hope things go well over the continental divide, I pray. But before I go, I will pack my pots. Thanks Andrea for finishing them up for me. I promise to use them everyday. Becket's is on the right and my colander is on the left.
Friday, July 16, 2010
2) Kanarville Hike off of the I-15. Go right once you get off the freeway, make a left and drive 2mi to 100N. Turn right and follow that road up to the water tower and begin hiking about a mile before you reach the waterfall. Make sure you wear swimsuits and if you can throw in stripe socks, tennies, and Hollywood sunglasses, it makes the hike even cooler.
This hike is refreshing because there is water after about two miles. That would be a must when hiking in July.
Micah's dimples always make a splash~
Krave is a fun place to take the kiddos in this oppressive heat. They have self serve frozen yogurt with endless toppings. There is something about letting you serve yourself and making it your own way that really makes me and my kids happy. They are located by the Great Harvest off of the Boulevard.
They even have a giant board to get all your drawing Kravings out.
Blood pressure cuffs are also a new discovery, but that is for you to decide. Casey and I had a blast measuring our resting rate and our increased rate.
To keep his mind off escaping he is so good to help with the ladies-Francis and LaRue. He often gets them drinks of water and helps them get around the home. Just like he waited on my Grandma all those years.
He is also still playful with my children, just like he was with us. He was the best Grandpa growing up. He took us for hikes, mo-ped rides, and often teased and tickled us. It was so nice to see that somewhere in his mind, some things will stay the same.
I've had fun taking him on rides to Dixie Nutrition for frozen yogurts and having him shop with me just to get him out. He is so happy to be out and about, he doesn't care where, just somewhere. It makes me happy too.
And while in Alpine, I had to check up on my Grandma's old house. After her sudden passing, the family sold the house and since then , it has been remodeled for a business. I knocked on the door for a looksy, but to my dismay, they were out of the office. I loved eating Jell-O Pudding Pops on that front porch. Why don't they make Jell-O Pudding Pops anymore? They had that thin sheet of ice around them that you had to break through to get to the goodness.
While in St. George, it was good to spend time with my Mom. The kids could sit and listen to Grandma Rexine read all day. She's got that "school teacher exciting toned-voice" that I try to mimic when I read, but she is definitly the expert.
It was also good to spend time with Dannielle and her family.Everyone who meets Dannielle LOVES Dannielle. We were at her house and we found an egg WITHOUT a shell from her chickens. It was so creepy. It was like holding a water balloon.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
After a mini lesson on pottery, here's what I learned:
1) It's cute to watch the grandmother bond with her grandchildren over clay. The kids worked on clay while I tried to WORK the clay. It's a tricky technique.
2) But, it's not cute to keep getting interrupted every 5 seconds by one of my children. I decided it was time for these chitlins to leave. They continued to do what they do best, be under foot, messy, and talky, talky. Impossible learning conditions. You know the feeling? I started out talking calm to the darlings and then I ran out of patience. The kids slowly started chipping away at my solid rock of learning sanity and then there was no other option but to give them the boot.
3) You can't be in a hurry to make a pot. There are several steps, so if you want a serving bowl for Friday, it's not going to happen for a few weeks. This is trimming.
This is the leather hard stage
4) With all these stages to pottery, I had little spats of time to fill in with friends and family.
Met up with some old Hershey folks---Moving Melanie, Sweet Caroline, Cheery Cheryl and of course all of the wet kids.
Walked around the temple during garden talks (Oh yes, my mom-in-law is also a master gardner and she helps direct garden talks down by the temple on Wednesday nights.)
Had time to fall in love with the pineapple coconut ice cream at Hatch's Chocolate store. A must if you are in the downtown SLC. I believe it's on 4th ave. They actually had a show on TLC, but it only aired 11 episodes.
Spent some time at the science museums.
I'd like to thank Micah for SHUSHING all those who made comments about the movie. She was completely oblivious to how noisy she was being by shushing everyone in her loud voice. Honestly, it was pretty funny.
You would think by now that the my potted colander would be done, but it is only 2/3 of the way done. We still have glazing. I needed to get down south, so Andrea was kind enough to finish my little project and deliver it to me at a later date.
To sum it up, I learned pottery is a lot of fun and I am inspired to take some classes, possibly upon returning to West Virginia? Any chance you might free up a night Mat so I can do so? I also learned that you cannot, I repeat, cannot have children around while you're trying to pay attention to this fine art.
Can't wait to see my pot.
Monday, July 12, 2010
The Final Touches:
The Final Cake:
And the Wannabe Luke Skywalker, the Groom:
Job well done Mother and Son team.