Silly Girl

Ember really loves putting on clothes. It doesn’t matter whose or what it is, it doesn’t matter if it’s on right or not. I find her all day long wearing all kinds of funny things. Lately it’s been shirts put on as pants but the other day it was this swimsuit bottom as a hat.

As if she wasn’t overwhelmingly adorable already, I see her like this and can’t stop myself from smothering her in kisses. PhotobucketPhotobucket

Road Trip to Washington! The Last Day Driving Home!

The last day!

Here’s the first post.

We started off from our hotel in Twin Falls, Idaho. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

The little two kids were screaming bloody murder over the sun in their eyes. Oh my gosh. I finally found a place to pull over and tie Payson’s blanket up to block it. Photobucket

They were happy kiddos then!


We went straight to Salt Lake City. Well, we stopped a couple times for bathroom breaks and whatnot.

We stopped at the Salt Lake City airport to pick up Allan. He was there dropping off his rental car. We stopped at a few places in the state to look at houses and rentals and then we headed home. Photobucket

But then the kids were super hungry so we stopped for lunch. We got a pizza. Then we had to get chili and a baked potato for Payson because he can’t have gluten. Then Brooklyn wanted a taco instead. So we brought all the food to Del Taco and ate outside there! Photobucket

Some seagulls came at the end of our meal and my kids were really happy when I let them throw the pizza crusts to them. I don’t know if that’s an ok thing to do? But we did it. PhotobucketPhotobucket

Ember spent most of the time there running away and trying to get into the building. Toddlers are a lot of work! PhotobucketPhotobucket

Payson was refusing to eat (after spending time with grandma who spoiled him he wouldn’t eat ANY food! Just wanted sweets) so we finally got him to eat his chili by bribing him with fries. Allan was making this extreme face to show how excited he was that Payson was eating! PhotobucketPhotobucket

While the older girls went potty before we left I let Ember play a claw machine game. PhotobucketPhotobucket

Hours later we stopped at a gas station and the kids got snacks. Photobucket

Payson wore this bucket on his head most of the drive home! When Allan took it off to put him in bed there was a sweaty circle mark around his entire head! Photobucket

The last picture I took. We drove straight home and the kids didn’t get out of the car again. We got home suuuuper late. We got the kids in bed and pretty much went and passed out in bed ourselves! Photobucket


Road Trip to Washington! The Drive Home

Because the flat tire had lost us an entire day and the road trip took twice as long as I expected we only got three full days in Washington. Everyone was really sad when we had to pack up and leave Saturday morning at 6am.

Friday night I started to feel really sick and by Saturday morning it was at its peak. I don’t know what the heck kind of cold/flu it was but it was the worst I’ve ever had! I felt legitimately worried for myself driving home! Every time I stood up I felt like I was going to faint and everything hurt. My head to my toes… so sore. Add in a headache, sleep deprivation, and the sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. Wow, was I sick!

But I absolutely had to leave because Allan was in Utah waiting for me to pick him up (he’d flown there from Arizona for some job interviews) and he had to get home by Sunday night in order to get to work Monday morning!

This was the miserable view as we left Washington. I have to admit driving from there into the beautiful weather of Idaho and Utah was nice! Photobucket

We stopped at a McDonald’s for a late breakfast, early lunch in Yakima, WA. This is when I was the worst. I could barely walk I was so dizzy. I think I had a severe fever because I was shaking/shivering uncontrollably and couldn’t get warm at all even with the heater blasting me. Then I finally bought some tylenol and took two and within ten minutes started sweating (pouring sweat) and felt SO hot.

All was right in the world for my kids though. They were overly excited about getting happy meals! PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

The next time we stopped was at the Arrowhead Travel Plaza in Oregon. It’s a really nice road stop! Photobucket

Sierra was starting to cry because when I took the picture the three other kids showed their pez dispensers and she realized she left hers in the car and felt left out. Photobucket

They were all loving the stuffed animals there. Photobucket

The older girls got ice cream so I got the little kids a smoothie to share. Photobucket

I bought them some little activity books and they showed them off… Photobucket

Then it was back on the road with some new fun things to do. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

We made it to Idaho. Photobucket

I couldn’t find Payson and Ember’s sweaters in the giant piles of stuff crammed in my car so Payson wore one of Sierra’s and Ember wore a shirt of mine. Photobucket

We stopped and stayed at a motel in Twin Falls. It was cheap and it was a dump. Oh boy was it cheap for a reason! It was the worst motel I’ve ever stayed at. Yuck. Photobucket

Road Trip to Washington! Schuh Farms Pumpkin Patch

My sister drove up from her house the next day to go to a pumpkin farm with me and all of our kids. (She has two kids, Ellie and Ian, who are Sierra and Payson’s ages)

My kids were crazy excited to go to the pumpkin farm! PhotobucketPhotobucket

Ok so my sister said to look very serious, so I did. Then I saw when I uploaded that she had this great smile! haha, I look dumb. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

I had them do a serious face. Photobucket

I got him this pumpkin. We still have it, he loves it. (The other kids got pumpkins too) PhotobucketPhotobucket

Payson was throwing a bit of a fit over not being allowed free access to touch everything in the shop there. PhotobucketPhotobucket

And then Ember was crying over not being allowed to do something (I can’t remember what) and Payson attempted to comfort her. Though it appeared that he was strangling her. He wasn’t 😉 Photobucket

Brooklyn rushed over to comfort Ember. Thinking Payson had been strangling her. PhotobucketPhotobucket

My kids both feared and loved this guy. PhotobucketPhotobucket

They had a bunch of animals. My sister and I didn’t know if the kids were supposed to feed the chickens. But we figured… um, it was ok? I don’t know. (There was a lot of food there for the animals… food you could buy, food in a basket… I still don’t know what we were and weren’t allowed to do.) PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketMy mom’s husband and his daughter got there so we headed over to the pumpkin field. PhotobucketPhotobucket

There was this play area with a truck made into a slide and a play house and stuff. My kids loved that! PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketThere was a Wizard of Oz display. Sierra was the only of my children who wanted to have her picture taken over there. Photobucket

My goodness do I love my Sierra! Photobucket

Brooklyn kept getting so pissed at the mere mention of photos so I didn’t bother to even ask her to be in them. haha Photobucket

Sierra asked me to take a picture of her going down the slide on her feet. Photobucket

Kelly and I thought we should attempt a big cousins group shot. It went as well as I expect a photoshoot with 6 kids in a play area to go 😉 PhotobucketPhotobucket


Milo, my mom’s husband, and my sister tried to get the kids to smile. Photobucket

And succeeded in getting these AWESOME expressions. I love these. haha PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Payson and my nephew, Ian, are close in age and both love superheroes. Especially Spiderman. We put them on this cool tree and had them pose. Photobucket

We told them to pose like Spiderman. Poor Ian felt nervous about being balanced on a tree branch like that. PhotobucketPhotobucket

And then we went home! Photobucket

Road Trip to Washington! Visiting Aunt Kelly

Despite the title, I don’t actually have pictures of my older sister, Kelly, in this post! I forgot to snap some once she met up with us.

First thing we did that day was bathe my children. They were dirty! PhotobucketPhotobucket

On this trip I bathed all three younger kids together and then Brooklyn would go after. It just saved me time and energy to do it that way! Photobucket

We met my sister at this frozen yogurt place. My mom paid for us all. It was SO freaking good! Photobucket

We went to my sister’s house and hung out and had pizza (I LOVE seeing my sister) and then later on, at home the next day, my mom spent some time cuddling with Payson on the couch. My mom was feeling really yucky that day. Turns out she had this really bad cold/flu virus! Photobucket

Road Trip to Washington! Hanging Out with Family

So we didn’t do a whole lot in Washington. Mostly we hung out at my mom’s house. The kids got lots of great time with her, their grandpa and their aunts and uncles. I didn’t take a lot of pictures while there because I just generally don’t take pictures of others besides my kids. I feel awkward.

My mom made the kids some great meals while we were there. It was awesome not cooking for five days!! Photobucket

A picture of Brooklyn, just because she was so cute. Photobucket

My mom bought Ember this outfit. Photobucket

We went to Fred Meyer because I needed some things. Toothbrushes, diapers, and deodorant mostly. That’s my younger brother, Kyle, with the kids. They adored him! Photobucket

My mom loves coloring with the grandkids. My kids colored a whole lot. And when the kids weren’t, the adults were! Photobucket

This was probably only half of the coloring pages my mom printed for the kids! Photobucket

Ember and my younger sister, Jeena. Photobucket

I LOVE this picture of my kids with their grandparents sleeping! Photobucket

Road Trip to Washington! Day 4 of Driving

So I showered in the morning and boy did that feel good! Photobucket

The kids outside our hotel in Kennewick, Washington. Photobucket

The first time I’d done my makeup that week! Photobucket

We made it to Seattle right at rush hour. Photobucket

We sat in traffic for a very, very long time. Especially from just north of Seattle to Everett. Wow. Payson and Ember cried almost the entire time. PhotobucketPhotobucket

We got to my mom’s and a lot of family was there. My mom and her husband and my step brother and sister. My grandparents and my aunt and my little sister and her boyfriend. My kids were a bit overwhelmed. Ember sat there looking from face to face for a lot of the evening. haha

My aunt was holding Ember at one point and bundled her up in this blanket. Photobucket

Ember starting to just come out of her shell; getting used to all the new faces. Photobucket

Road Trip to Washington! Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

In all the planning ahead of time this was the place I most wanted to visit. I love hearing about the people that came across the states. I had a really good time there, I really liked it. And my kids really liked it!! A lot! Brooklyn and Sierra asked a hundred questions and read all the little displays and everything. It was so, so awesome. PhotobucketPhotobucket

It was cute, to me, that my kids wanted to take pictures “with” all the “people” on display. Photobucket

Up until this part of the trip I’d let Ember walk everywhere we’d gone. But this day I was really tired and left her in the stroller while in the museum. I knew she run around like crazy touching everything! Photobucket

Payson was insistent that I get a picture of him doing a Spiderman pose with the girls. Photobucket

I had intended on being in many more of the pictures with my kids but just didn’t manage. Oh well. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

This was the view out of the back window. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

The attention to detail was awesome. I was impressed. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

We left to go look at the wagons outside. My kids were running around crazy burning off energy. They ran up and down these stairs just for the sake of running up and down stairs. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Ember kept climbing up on there and then reaching for me to get her down. She did that a dozen times. Photobucket

The kids weren’t happy with me asking them for a group shot but they did oblige. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Dirty bum! PhotobucketPhotobucket

And that was that! 🙂 Photobucket(I can’t remember exactly why Brooklyn was mad but I think it was because I didn’t let her run off ahead where I couldn’t see her!)

Road Trip to Washington! Day 3 of Driving.

So in Boise the hotel we were at is called the Best Western Lodge. It was awesome! My favorite hotel of the trip. Photobucket

I had originally planned on getting up early and getting to the tire place the second they opened but it didn’t work out that way. Photobucket

We had an awesome, leisurely breakfast together. PhotobucketPhotobucket

We went to Les Schwab to get new tires. It took an hour and a half and while there my kids had a lot of fun playing with toys. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Brooklyn read a book. Photobucket

Ember ran wild. Playing hide and seek with whomever was willing. PhotobucketPhotobucket

My germophobe self just had to let go after the 5th time Ember laid down on the ground. The motto for the trip became, wash hands right before eating and just ignore the dirt the rest of the time! haha Photobucket

We went back to the hotel to check out. All the kids had to help me carry stuff back to the car to reload. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

I try to let Ember walk as much as possible. But she was running wild too much so I asked her to help me push the stroller to the car. That kept her right by me. I’m so smart. Photobucket

We got everything loaded and the DVD player set up and oh boy was I happy about it all. The wretchedness of the first two days were replaced by happily zoned out kiddos. PhotobucketPhotobucket

The first time I’d looked back in my rear view mirrors and been met with four quiet, happy children! PhotobucketPhotobucket

We made much better progress with the DVD players. Suddenly Payson’s previous need to pee or poop SO BAAAAAAAAAAAD was only every three or four hours rather than every half hour! 😛

During a breastfeeding stop) PhotobucketPhotobucket

She was drinking my powerade. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

We drove with only stops for food and breastfeeding once or twice until we got to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center . (Photos in another post) Photobucket

After an awesome time there we just drove on into the night until we got to the next hotel. PhotobucketPhotobucket

Road Trip to Washington! Day 2 on the Road.

AKA: The day everything fell apart. Except Ariana’s mood 😉

We had stayed at Comfort Inn in Bountiful, Utah. We’d made it there by 1am and were up again driving bright and early. I was tired, I was hopeful the kids would sleep some in the car and we’d make some good progress. Photobucket

So in southern Idaho there are many, many miles of driving with absolutely NO services offered. During that long drive (in which my gas light was on the entirety of!) Payson SCREAMED about having to pee. I finally caved and pulled over on the side of the road and he peed all over himself. And guess what! ONE mile later there was a gas station. DOH! Photobucket

We made it to Idaho! Photobucket

A few snaps after a quick breastfeeding stop. PhotobucketPhotobucket

The kids were getting super sick of driving so we stopped off somewhere in Southern Idaho to burn off some energy. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Not too long after that stop to burn energy, this happened: Photobucket

My tire exploded. AAA was called and we waited, and waited, and waited. Photobucket

We were luckily completely alone on the road just when it happened and able to pull off to the side easily. It was disappointing because I knew it would cause us a huge time loss on the trip 🙁 PhotobucketPhotobucket

So, then the worst part was when the guy came to help he couldn’t get our tire (which is mounted underneath our car) off without a certain metal pole. I couldn’t find the metal pole anywhere in the back of my car, in all the secret cubbies. He asked me to keep looking all over the car. I ended up taking EVERYTHING out (the other side of my car had stuff piled up just like the picture below) and taking the carseasts and seats out and looking EVERYWHERE.

That metal pole is not in our car; when we bought it it must not have came with it. So, the guy eventually (after a long, long time) got the tire off and I then had to put everything back in the car!

He stayed to watch me to make sure when I drove off everything was fine, so there I was loading back up my giant car with all those things and Ember was screaming over not being held. So I actually put Ember in the ergo and wore her while putting everything back together. I was pouring sweat and exhausted in the end! haha. Fun, fun times! Photobucket

All the tire places were closed on Sundays so we were stuck in Boise, Idaho for the night. We got a hotel. Photobucket

When shoving everything back in my car I’d hurried and not organized it as well as I like, so I brought everything in the hotel to reorganize. Not to mention the entire back of my car was full with a giant, exploded tire! ha Photobucket

The road trip up to that point had been complete chaos and… torture… despite me bringing a couple hundred dollars worth of new toys, books, and activities, and a full box AND cooler of food… so that night I went to WalMart and bought a portable DVD player with two screens! I am the type that was anti DVD players in the car but now I’m a FULL convert!! I love that thing with the passion of my whole heart! haha PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

We had Panda Express for dinner. They were closing when we got there so we even got extra free food! SO GOOD! PhotobucketPhotobucket

I let the kids watch one of the $5 movies we bought at WalMart. They were so happy. Little TV/Movie lovers. (Who isn’t?) Photobucket

Ember LOVED hotels. She spent her time talking on the phone, playing with all the free pens, wearing everyone’s shoes, opening and closing the dresser drawers (and putting lots of things inside), and messing with all of our bags! PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketAnd that was the end of the second day of driving!