My older sister, Michelle, lives in the Seattle area. She
We left on a Friday afternoon and we drove through rain the entire way. Both girls napped and I listened to podcasts (At Home With Sally Clarkson, Brave Writer, Speaking with Joy, Risen Motherhood). It was nice to have a couple of hours in the car to be able to listen!
Bedtime was a mess that night, because (as aforementioned) Evie had napped in the car. She hadn't napped one bit for the previous week straight, so that threw her off. Annnd being in a new place. Annnd the arrival of Rebecca and Camille (my younger sisters) in the midst of it all. Best quote from the night (around 9pm?) "Mommy!! Did you lock the door or are you just holding the handle?" I cracked up laughing. Because I had been holding the handle. Thankfully I learned my lesson from this travesty and remedied it for the rest of our week in town. (I put Elaina down first so that she would be asleep in the room, then went in with Evie and laid next to her while she fell asleep. I read an ebook on my phone after snuggling with her for a couple of minutes, and each night within 5 minutes of starting to read she was fast asleep.)
Saturday morning we got together with my friend April. Her little girl is between Evie and Elaina so it was fun to get together. And as always, the time goes by too fast!
Michelle came in late Saturday night, arriving at my parents' house around 10:30pm. I had been baking chocolate chip cookies to have as dessert for our Sunday dinner, so I put some of them out with milk and also had yogurt and fruit out. At the time I was in the middle of reading Sally Clarkson's book, The Lifegiving Table, and it inspired me to lay a beautiful feast out for her arrival :) Complete with a candle. I felt so very civilized ;) We stayed up far too late playing a game of Trivial Pursuit (from the version produced in 1981...as if I wouldn't have been bad enough at a current version, heh). We learned an array of useful facts, including which two countries the Khyber pass goes through (Afghanistan and Pakistan, the location of the Kon-Tiki Raft (Oslo, Norway), and a myriad of others I'm sure. Someone who gets more sleep than me might be able to remember. Mom, Michelle, you guys remember any other super interesting facts we learned?
On Sunday we went to church out in the little Branch where I went when I was a kid. It was so fun! My mom went to class with Evie, so I was actually able to attend Sunday School and Relief Society (meeting for the adult women in our church). At home I serve in our children's organization (Primary) so I don't normally get to attend lessons with other adults on Sundays. Elaina was a champ even though she was so very tired. I grabbed a couple toys out of the nursery for her to play with during RS.
We did a big lunch/dinner that afternoon around 3pm. My older brothers were all able to be there (Bob and Parker live in town but Patrick and his girlfriend Allison made a long drive to come). Aunt Rita's potato salad was a huge hit (as expected). One of these days I might actually try my hand at making it...maybe.
On Monday we went to dinner with my second family, aka the Schulte family. Always love getting together with them so my girls can have some time with Grandpa Tim and Grandma Chris :) If Evie can get past her fear of Sadie (the dog), then we'll be golden. Elaina, of course, is best friends with Sadie.
On that Thursday morning we packed up and headed out (after one last trip to the park to hide some painted rocks). Both girls fell asleep right away, but unfortunately neither slept very long. I'm talking, even little Elaina baby only napped for 45 minutes. Evie probably slept for about 20-30 minutes. So we stopped at a random place marked "Overlook" and stretched our legs. It was fun to spend some time running around in the grass and soaking up the sunshine before getting back into the car. The girls each had a couple of books and some snacks to eat to keep them fairly occupied. They also enjoyed tugging back and forth on a blanket. I, once again, listened to some podcasts and it was great!
P.S. Here are some more pictures from our week :)