I like summer. Yep. Summer in Idaho is pretty awesome.
The day after we got home from our trip to Washington Payson got a chance to open up his presents from grandma and grandpa and Jeena and Eric. Jeena picked out this cool Spiderman toy for Payson and he LOVES this thing! The parts can be interchanged and he loves that. Ember and Everett liked it, too. Everett was very jealous. haha
My kids got balloons at Sonic and while we were eating it was so windy that each of their balloons flew away one by one. Two of them were blown so hard they came off their strings!! My kids were devastated and sobbed. The nice lady working at Sonic brough them new ones and we tied them on tighter. Did that matter? Not really. Payson lost his again within seconds! And, the worst thing ever happened. We’re all sitting there eating and Payson’s balloon gets swept away by the fierce wind. He jumps up to run after it. I start yelling to stop and stay here. He completely ignores me and is sprinting after his balloon. I’m screaming at the top of my lungs, “PAYSON STOP!!!! PAYSON!!! PAYSOOON!” and without a split second of hesitation he continues running straight into the parking lot and on toward the freaking highway. Luckily the highway is pretty far and by then my hysterical yelling at him has caught his attention enough to look back at me. He’s standing in the grass on the other side of the parking lot and I’m shaking and furious and upset and panicked becuase he just sprinted through a parking lot toward a highway! He could have been killed!! There wasn’t even .001% of him that had listened to me. He only cared about his balloon. This is how kids die! Chasing balls into streets, frisbees, kites, WHATEVER! THIS IS HOW THEY DIE!! He is lucky that the car that was driving through the parking lot was going really slow. I can’t even imagine had the situation changed just the littlest bit. That car could’ve been closer to him, could’ve been going more than 5 miles per hour…
I told my kids that was the last time they were ever getting balloons outdoors. And I said a prayer in tears in the car (we immediately left as soon as he got back to our table) over how glad I was that nothing bad happened.
After that horrible experience we went to pick Brooklyn up from summer school.
This was her first day (I think) and while waiting to get her a bunch of middle schoolers (going into high school next year) were getting out of their summer school programs and I heard every single curse word under the sun said in the worst ways and about threw up. WHO are these kids?!?! WHAT the heck kind of parent raises a horrible human being like that?!?! They all had cell phones and were talking about just the worst stuff and it honestly made me sick to my stomach what my kids are surrounded by. I told Allan I couldn’t send Brooke back there. He convinced me to keep her in there and I think I did send her once or twice more but EACH time there were kids, different kids each time, swearing and talking about horrible stuff. No more summer school for Brooke! It’s not worth the five minutes of vulgarity to have her helped with math. It’s just not.
Back at home Payson was excited to open and play with grandma and papa Milo’s gift! LEGOS!
Everett of course had to be involved.
I helped him and we had fun together.
He plays with these a lot even still, Ember too. Legos are timeless, aren’t they? 🙂
Payson got a birthday card from grandma and grandpa Hausen and we went to the store to spend the money included! He picked out exactly what he wanted without being indecisive (he’s a very decisive kid) and then wanted to make a video when we got home to show grandma and grandpa what he picked and to say thank you. So that’s what we did. I’ll try to upload the video tomorrow!
At the other end of the table Everett was having a snack.
A different day, school time.
While we were homeschooling Everett figured out how to drag boxes from other parts of the house into the kitchen to reach the counters. Always thinking that one. Also, always destroying :/
Later, entertaining baby efforts underway.
Two things before I start:
-I didn’t take that many pictures because I mostly took video of the entire trip.
-I wanted to share that finished edited video but my computer or internet connection just won’t allow it. My set up can’t handle uploading anything larger than two minutes these days and the finished video is 22 minutes.
I really wanted to share the video but at least I got that video burned to a DVD and we watched it as a family yesterday. There was lots of laughing and “aaaawwwws” that made me realize how horrible I’ve been about watching the hundreds of family movies we have! I haven’t burned even a half percent of our footage from the computer to DVDs and that makes me so sad! I’m going to make it top computer-time priority these days to burn our family videos to DVD so we can watch them together!
And lastly before I get to the moving pictures, I wanted to say that I’ve absolutely hated my lack of consistent blogging during the last year and have made a firm goal of blogging daily for the next full month! I really mean it, too. I love blogging. I really love blogging. It makes me sick that my stress and busyness has kept me from my favorite hobby! That and scrapbooking! I am going to catch back up on my scrapbooks! I actually took a few hours last month when we were still in Colorado and caught up on scrapbooking until last December. That was about 5 months of scrapbooking all at once. I could not have done it without project life. I know I may be silly about my passion with project life, but it seriously changed my entire photo world. I needed that, too! I was getting sick of never sitting down to look at my photos with my kids. Now we have updated scrapbooks that they look at all the time! Scrapbooking is a burden sometimes, it can be tedious and expensive, but it really is worth it to me.
Okay, I’ve gone on and on and now let’s get to the photos! Half of these are just the photos that I took when setting up my light and exposure to take video so excuse that… haha.
I held off giving the kids their road trip bags for a few hours. They were excited when it was time to do their crafts and play with their little toys. (They had brought things to do from their rooms, but I didn’t give them the new stuff until a couple hours in)
I have a lot of breastfeeding pictures from the road trip! I don’t know why because I don’t usually take a lot of breastfeeding pictures and never more than a couple in one day. I think I just breastfed Everett a lot and was sitting there while the kids and Allan were out playing or getting gas or inside gas stations getting treats so I would be just sitting there and think… well, might as well take a picture. ha
We had lunch at McDonald’s. We were going to only eat healthy food on the road trip but that darn McDonald’s went and made their happy meal toys My Little Pony and all four of my kids are obsessed with My Little Pony so the happy meal toys drew us in.
I try to feed Everett all organic, natural, healthy foods but he did get a couple fries. He saw me dipping mine in BBQ sauce (I like my fries like that) and copied me! It was so adorable because he ate both his fries like that! So cute!!
Pardon the giant black spot on this next picture. We got a new point and shoot camera because our old one finally broke and it has a lens hood on it that blocks the flash and I didn’t know. I took it off eventually but this picture was cuter than the ones without black spots.
We went to Famous Dave’s for dinner! It was so freaking good! Seriously the best food and experience and the final bill for all 7 of us only $24!! Before tip and we leave hefty tips but the actual food price was super reasonable. The server gave us a bunch of corn bread muffins, too. I don’t know if they always give them out for free but they didn’t charge us for them and they were one of all of our favorite parts.
I wanted a picture with the kids and Allan also took these of me with Everett. Everett caught site of a flag and freaked out with joy. He fell madly in love with flags last month during a lunch trip to Chik-fil-A. He thought the sight of them way up high, waving in the breeze was really cool.
We got to Bellgrade, MO and stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. I’m recovering from major germophobia so Allan spent a lot of time researching hotels and got us really nice hotels for our road trip and first week in Idaho. I was really happy with them and didn’t feel grossed out one bit!
The weather did some amazingly cool things during the second day of our road trip! It was foggy and dark, snowing a lot and bright, and eventually turned to lightly cloudy and sunny. It was such a gorgeous day and time of year for a road trip to Idaho!
I wanted to take more pictures of the scenery but our window was super dirty (lots of dead bugs! haha) and my point and shoot would focus on the bugs instead of the stuff outside the car! I could’ve used my 5D but I just didn’t. I used the point and shoot for 90% of the photos and videos just because it was easier.
The kids had lots of fun little crafts that I put in their Easter baskets. Easter was a road trip theme for us this year. They had some little fish that came with stickers and googly eyes to stick on and Ember did this.
This was at the very last gas station stop we had during the road trip. Allan took the four older kids in the gas station to spend the rest of their road trip money on treats and I breastfed Everett again.
The kids actually didn’t have a lot of junk food during the trip up to this point. We ate at McDonald’s for both lunches so snacks were relatively healthy in the car. By this time though almost in celebration they bought chips and candy and were really excited about it all. haha! I only took a picture of Ember because I was setting my exposure and video recorded right then instead.
It was difficult to get a photo by the Welcome to Idaho sign because the freeway was super busy there. I didn’t like that people could watch Allan and me as they drove by. That was weirdly embarrassing for me!
We brought a bunch of our stuff up from the car to the room because we would be staying in that hotel for a few days. And by we I mean Allan. I hung out with the kids while he went and got the stuff from the car.
Next we went to the storage unit where Allan had left his corolla when he’d gone to Idaho the week before we moved. He took out the corolla and put his boat in instead. I drove the sequoia back to the hotel and he drove the corolla.
Then we went back to the hotel for the night.
So that’s all from the actual road trip. I have a lot more photos from our first couple weeks here in Idaho! I’m excited to get a chance to sit down and blog them in the next week. As for right this second, I’m off to do some major unpacking. Most of the house is unpacked but now I’m in the worst phase of it all, the organizing! I have stuff everywhere that doesn’t have its own “home” yet. So yeah, piles and piles of random stuff I have to put away. Basically it’s just like having the most messy house you could possibly have. haha
Ember’s snow pants are pink but for Everett’s sake I changed them in photoshop so he didn’t have to have a photo of himself in bright pink pants in his scrapbook. haha! You can see the pink pants in these photos:
And for dinner I made this crockpot spaghetti recipe. It was fine. The kids ate it without complaining. I didn’t like it and won’t make it again though.