Sunday, October 12, 2014

Back at the Falls

On the 25th of June we made our way over to the Idaho Falls Temple where Elizabeth and Alisha went into the Distribution Center to look for her new temple dress and clothing. Gwenerve, Gracie and I walked around the temple grounds and visited the Visitor Center while we waited.

Later that day we packed things up and loaded Elizabeth's car
while Everett waited patiently on the front lawn.
They were leaving again but this time Alisha was going with them
and they were headed to Provo, Orem, and Lehi for visits with the
girls before the big Thomas Family Reunion in a few days.
We would be seeing them again soon so it was a fun goodbye.
But, THANKS for coming this way first!!!

West Yellowstone

On the 19th, we loaded the van up and took another trip; this time to West Yellowstone. Dan had arranged a 3 bedroom condo there for us and we were going to explore Yellowstone National Park. Even though we were getting back into the car, we were very excited. Of course, this was going to be a couple of hours, nothing like the trip before.
We stopped at Mesa Falls on our way up and as always, it was beautiful. They girls immediately found new friends that spend a bit of time with us as we explored.

 We checked into the Wyndum and had some dinner
and some dessert.
Then the next morning we took off for the park.
Gwenevere wanted to see "lava" shooting into the air from the "volcanos".
We did what we could to meet her wishes.

We were going to be in the park for 2 days so this first day we took the north route
and went to the Upper Falls.  It was beautiful to see this part of the park.

Of course we stopped along the way to see the wildlife. 
Here's a deer out in the field.

and a buffalo moving in on us,

 and a family of buffalo passing by.

We spent another night at the condo
checking out the next morning.
Look what we found on our car window. It's about 7 inches long.
Any guesses?

We had to have a picture of the famous "moose head" hand sign
in front of the Yellowstone National Park sign. 
Thank you Elizabeth and Gwenevere.
 Another crazy pic
 and a "we have it all together" pic for posterity.
One of the first stops today was "Old Faithful"
 where we took our seats and waited...
 and waited...
 and waited.
 I think Gwenevere was getting tired of waiting
 but we hung on
 and finally she started to blow.
 Lunch was at the Old Faithful Inn.
Was this supposed to be "share and share alike thing?"
 Later that day we made a stop
at the Continental Divide
 where part of this creek flows west and part of it flows east,
or so they say.

 One last pic from Yellowstone on our way out.
It was a great trip with the Roemhidts. 
Now we just have to get Daddy Roemhidt in some of these kinds of pictures.

Idaho or Bust!

We were on our way early the next morning, June 17th, and we were making good time.  (Maybe a little too good according to one not so sweet police lady- Oh well, live and learn, right?)  Regardess, in a rather slower fashion we made our way down through central Washington and into Pendleton where we stopped for a bite to eat.  The kids were perfect the whole way!!  Sometimes they slept, sometimes they colored, sometimes they watched movies on the DVD player and they were perfect.  (This is my story and I can tell it the way I want.)
By the we got to Ontario we had thought of several things we'd forgotten so we stopped at the WalMart there and picked those items up along with a few "just for fun" things.  We also got ice cream comes - just for fun.
We traded off driving throughout the day and finally made it to Idaho Falls just in time for some quick dinner and beds.  It didn't take long for everyone to fall fast asleep that night.

                                              We enjoyed our time around the house by...
 ... playing with the toys
... eating!

We found the safety gate,

... got surprises
that buzz,
... watched movies in Granma's cozy chair,

... ate dinners together,
... crawled around the floors,
... soaked in the hot tub,
... ate ice creams on the front porch,
... did the laundry and hung out the clothes on the clothesline,
... played on the tramp,

... ate the remote,
...swung in the swing.
And of course, we went shopping.
 Gwenevere got her first "cowgirl" boots.

After shopping we went to the zoo.

and finished out day out at Reed's Dairy with HUGE ice cream cones.
So fun!!  Can I just say, I love it when the kids and grandkids come to play. 
These are some of my most favorites times.