Warning: This post is a little bit long, but it's really good, I promise! :)
- 5 days
- 1,042 miles driven
- 1 husband, 1 wife, and 1 puppy
- 80 mosquito bites
- 1 blown out tire
- 2 sunburned foreheads
- An infinite amount of fun
.... this past weekend was tiring to say the least, but we did have a lot of fun. I had to scroll down quite a ways in my call log to find my husband's number today because I'd been with him constantly since Thursday morning, it made me smile! :)
The Family Reunion
Husband has been looking forward to this family reunion all year long. They planned a camping trip at Warm River, Idaho with his dad's immediate family, including cousins that the husband hasn't seen in a few years. This was also our first camping trip together, and the first time we'd ever used the tent that we got for our wedding two years ago! We were excited for a few days away from work and cell phone service, so we buckled up and headed off on a wild adventure!
Howie rode in his kennel the whole trip, and he was really good! He whined for five minutes the first time I put him in, but every time after that he'd just curl up and sleep or he'd play with his pig.
We left for Idaho a little bit later than planned on Thursday, and husband wasn't too thrilled about it. But I decided that it was meant to be when this happened. We were just getting back on the road after taking a break for the puppy when we saw a truck and trailer pulled off to the side of the road up ahead. The husband joked, "Wouldn't it be funny if that were my parents?!" As we passed, I saw my mother-in-law and his grandma standing there supervising a tire change and told him, "Um... that is your dad." so we pulled off to help them. It took a lot of effort to get that tire changed, and then we had to stop at the next exit to replace all four of them (because they were the original tires) and eat lunch before heading on our way. It was an interesting two hour adventure.
The husband's cousin made this delicious treat for everyone. Roasted marshmallow, banana and Nutella all squished between two homemade peanut butter cookies. YUMMY!!! I'd suggest it to everyone!
The puppy wore himself out running all over camp.
This is his favorite sleeping position. I love snuggling him up like he's my little baby. I guess he kind of is...
There was a lot of relaxing on this trip.
I think Howie really enjoyed spending so much time with his dad, because husband is his favorite out of the two of us, there is no question about it. Probably because he'll play and be rough with him all the time and I usually want to cuddle after five or ten minutes.
Our campground was right next to this river. It was beautiful and I loved falling asleep to the sound of it rushing by. I wasn't a fan of the mosquitoes that came with it though.
The pup's favorite part of camping? All of the huge sticks that he found and carried around! He's hilarious, he holds his head so high and is so proud when he gets them.
^^Opening his card first thing in the morning
Around three on Friday (our for real anniversary day), the husband and I left our puppy behind and drove all the way back to Logan where we'd be close enough to get to the funeral the next day. We used the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary! It was nice to shower and feel clean again, even though we were covered in bug bites and randomly sun burnt. And um... I was feeling like a total mom because while it was really nice not having the puppy to worry about and chase around, I really missed him! But he had fun while we were gone....
My in-laws took Howie to Mesa Falls with everyone. He's in the bottom left hand corner with cousins!
Firehouse Pizza was our go to restaurant when it was still open in Davis County, and it's probably better that it closed because I have absolutely no self-control when I eat there. I was so excited when my husband agreed to go for our anniversary dinner, and I was in heaven the whole time! They have delicious green salads (I'm kind of a salad addict), the Focaccia bread (in the picture with the salad) is heavenly, especially dipped in Alfredo sauce (I told you, I have no self-control...), their Margherita pizza is one of my favorite things on the planet (even if it's not authentic Italian pizza), and who could say no to an amazing FH'zzookie cooked in a baby iron skillet? I sure couldn't! It was oh so delicious and we were stuffed. I'm slightly ashamed that I ate all of that food. Like I said, good thing the location near me closed.....
We had to stop at Walmart for a few things including a hat for Joe because he left it home. He didn't want to buy this one though, I tried.
For our anniversary celebration, we spent the night at The Anniversary Inn in Logan, UT. We changed our reservations twice, first to accommodate picking up the puppy on our way camping, and then again to fit better with the funeral plans. So we didn't get one of our top two picks, but we still really liked the Hollywood Romance Theater themed room.
I need one of these couches at home! It was so nice to cuddle up and watch Wreck-It Ralph (cutest movie ever by the way) with the husband. And the huge TV wasn't too bad either.
I always look forward to a soak in the huge tubs that they have at these types of hotels, this is a necessary feature in my future home.
The cutest little breakfast nook
Is it bad that I sometimes rate places based on their breakfast? The Anniversary Inn's breakfast never disappoints, and we love that they deliver it to your door. Seriously, so delicious!
Those of you who follow me via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter probably already know that my grandma passed away about a week and a half ago. And if you've been reading this blog for a few months, you know that my grandpa (her husband) passed away about three months before that. Her death has been bittersweet because we will really miss her, but we're so glad that they are together again! Their love story is the sweetest. They met when my grandpa was home on leave from the war and he wrote in his journal that the last stretch of the war was brutal because there was a beautiful girl back home that he'd rather be with. And ever since they got married, they've been so in love, but they argued ALL the time, it was so entertaining. At her funeral, their neighbor said that anytime he went to visit, they'd put him in the middle of them on the couch and argue back and forth, he felt like a referee. That's pretty much how their relationship was, but you always knew that they loved each other!
My grandma loved puzzles (that's what the framed photo is), she loved to be out in her garden (hence the gloves and gardening tools), and she loved my grandpa (that's the same frame we put up at my grandpa's funeral, it's a favorite.)
Some of her handiwork
My grandma was such a classy lady. Someone, I think it was my dad, said, "No wonder your grandfather was so smitten with her." (Funny side story, before the two of them met, he went on a date or two with her sister, but she never saw him when he came over because she was out working in the garden in shorts and wasn't allowed to see boys like that) Anyway, I think it was during my aunt's talk, she quoted something from my grandma that I really loved.
"To dream of the person you'd like to be is to waste the person you already are."
These two were really good sports and let us take their picture. They are cousins and they are a few months apart. When they were a few years younger, they looked exactly alike and although they rarely interact (probably because we all torture them when they do), they have the same mannerisms, facial expressions and personality traits. We're convinced they're twins! It's our favorite, and I think they secretly hate it.
Also, my little sister (the one on the left) resembles my grandma in some of the pictures we found from when she was younger!
Our anniversary weekend photo!
The Family Reunion Again
I made husband cut the watermelon for the potluck and it was pure torture when he started. He discovered his own unique way of cutting it all up and he was so proud by the time he was done. I knew it would be a great learning experience for him... kind of...
On our last night there, I decided to roast everything, it was pretty fun! I had my normal marshmallows to put on Keebler Fudge Striped Shortbread cookies, and of course a couple bags of favorite red Starburst (yes, I roast them, they are yummy!) and then I tried a few random candies that we had hanging around.
Oh you know, just roasting some tootsie rolls!
It looks a little gross, but it's just Bit O Honey, they were yummy and really melty!
I had to get a good breakfast photo, once again, the husband is thrilled with early morning pictures.
We packed up camp and were ready to leave by 9:30 on Sunday morning, which was great considering we woke up around 8 I think. The husband and I decided to drive seven miles up the road to see Mesa Falls since we were gone when everyone else went. It was the perfect Sunday morning activity and a great way to end our trip.
The Lower Falls
The rainbow at the Upper Falls was gorgeous!
An attempt at a selfie
I finally asked someone to take a decent picture for us.
It really was a great weekend, we had a lot of fun and I loved spending so much time with my husband, just relaxing and hanging out with family. We were really tired when we got home Sunday afternoon, but we did a bunch of laundry (everything smelled like a campfire), got everything put away (mostly), and lounged around trying to recover from the thousand miles that we spent in the car.
I'm glad that we decided to take Monday off to continue our anniversary celebration and take a vacation from our vacation. We slept in, went to breakfast at a local cafe, ran some fun errands together, finally went to see to Star Trek and ate a yummy dinner at Texas Roadhouse.
Other than my brutal mosquito bites, the times I crashed because I had to take Benadryl, and the massive headache I got Monday night after the weekend was over, I'd say that this weekend was a huge success! I can't wait to take more fun trips with my husband this summer!
70 something mosquito bites on my feet and ankles. They started appearing Friday night/Saturday morning, and this is what they looked like on Monday afternoon when they were driving me bonkers!