As you all know we braved a road trip up to Lake Tahoe last week and actually came back alive. I feel guilty for complaining about our "quick" drive to Tahoe because right now at this very moment my friend Bridget is driving from Utah to Ithaca, New York with her 4 year old daughter and her 1 year old daughter. Even though she has it alot worse I still feel like complaining just a bit. :)
The drive up started last Sunday and wasn't too bad since we ended up stopping in Vegas and doing a little touring around. It was fun to watch Jack while he watched the fountains at the Bellagio. We woke up late the next day and spent as much time at the pool as possible before speedily checking out and hitting the road. On the second day we stopped at the Mono Cone just past the entrance to Yosemite. Even though we didn't get to go to Yosemite this year we thought we would keep the tradition alive by buying an overpriced shake and some McDonald's-ish fries. It was fun even though Jack didn't really think so.
Us at The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. So pretty, too bad every hotel reeks like smoke. Darn casinos!
You have to enlarge this one to truly appreciate Michael's optimism.
While in Tahoe we spent time at a few different beaches. On Wednesday we did two major things. We hiked up to Angora lake and we blessed Violet. The first part was hell and the second part was quite heavenly. She really did look so stunning in her sparkly little blessing dress. It was a sweet moment to be surrounded by so many of Michael's family members. Oh and I have a secret to tell. Michael even got choked up during the blessing and it was so special. I have only seen him that emotional a handful of times and I know that he is going to kill me for divulging this but it was just so awesome. I love how the spirit works.
This was just before we hiked up to Angora lake. This is a day we will try and forget for the most part. Yeesh.
Papa threw Jack once and after that they weren't friends anymore. Poor guy!
This little episode was right after the blessing. Such a classic shot.
Surrounded by smiling men and still angry?
A little blurry (thanks Tony) but still, it's cute.
This was before the blessing. Such a cute little princess.
Anyway, we really did have a wonderful trip and we were able to share lots of memories and good times. The hardest part of leaving wasn't just the fact that we had to go back to reality. It was the fact that we woke up at 4 in the morning to do so. The drive home didn't explode until we were leaving Phoenix. Of course the last little stretch, the final leg and THEN the kids go absolutely, uncontrollably berserk. Why?! I kept looking at Michael, who braved this episode without any earplugs (what a champ), and saying, "these aren't my kids? Whose kids are these? This is crazy!"
Here is just a happy moment on the boat with Jack. BTW, he had a little incident with the grip tape on the skateboard. His nose got a little shaved. OUCH!
If there was ever a face to elicit all sorts of warm and happy emotions than this would be it! Don't you just want to make her smile even bigger?
After we got home to our 99 degree house (yeah great idea to turn off the a/c while we were gone), we turned back on the a/c, threw the kids in bed and showered. After that we realized we had made it and we both sighed a huge sigh of relief. That was pretty much it. Sorry if it was boring but sometimes I don't have a crazy story to tell.