I know...it's been a while since I last posted, and I have a lot to share! Please bare with me, as I will split it up into several posts. We had such a wonderful family vacation, that I wanted to share all of the details! Things have been a little crazy around here lately, but I can see an end to things...at least sometime down the road. This morning, I handed over the keys to The Scrap Coop to the new owner, and it feels wonderful to have my work load lightened a bit. I hope to spend more time with my kids this summer, because I swear they are just growing up right before my eyes, and I don't want to miss one second of it!
Right before our trip, Grace, Shelby and I competed in the Fiddlin' On The Falls contest in Idaho Falls. It was tons of fun, and a good experience for all of us. My niece, Lindsey also played, and I was so proud of each of them...they all played beautifully!
Saturday afternoon, after I completed my division in the contest, I was ready to get out of town. I don't know if you have ever traveled with children (especially with four of them, and two being babies), but it was TONS of work getting everyone and everything ready to go! I was just ready for a much needed break! We are also adding onto our house and remodeling the kitchen, so things are just a mess around here. Vacation couldn't have come at a better time! ?And in my opinion, vacation means getting away from it all...crowds, people, towns, shopping, phones, computers etc. And this was the ultimate vacation for me. I must be like my father, because heading North is about as good as a vacation can get in my opinion.
We headed out of town on Saturday afternoon. We took our motorhome and my parents took their truck and a trailer. We headed into Montana and spent the night at a KOA campground just past Nevada City. Now for those of you who don't know, we have a little 1 and a half year old who is kindof a...fireball. She is wild! A little trouble maker who is a people person, and she will run off at a moments notice. The first night, while we were cooking dinner, she kept trying to run off...and she runs fast. Grandma (bless her heart) came up with a plan. She got a rope out of grandpa's truck and tied it to Lily's belt loop on her pants. Lily didn't think a lot of it until she ran and reached the ropes end. Needless to say, she wasn't really impressed. She cried and moaned, and grandma, trying to reassure her, told her it was so pretty, and said "You are a Princess...and this is a princess rope". So for the rest of the trip, she had to use her "princess rope" so that she wouldn't run off into the forest and get lost (or eaten by a bear!!!).
The next morning, we took the kids into the old mining towns of Nevada & Virginia City. It is such a neat place with so much history...and very beautiful! The kids had a blast at the old fashioned candy store, and they loaded up on treats for the trip. After browsing through the town, we headed further north to Seely Lake, Montana. We spent the night in a campground on the lake. It was a beautiful area, but unfortunately, in rained all night long.