That's what we do with Emil on vacation. Throw him and take pictures. Ha!
Run, Bridget! Run!!
That is me in my clever disguise. In one of these shots Colin is making his way off me by going over my head. I should have been wearing workout clothes the whole trip, now that I think about it.
Back in the car and a few hours later we were at Kenny and Doris's in California, Missouri, where Brian's grandfather grew up. Kenny is Brian's father, Harold's, cousin.
They were so good to us! They fed us, let us sleep in their room (and Bridget got to sleep in a pretty bed in their play room upstairs), and Kenny took us on a tour while Doris and their granddaughter, Olivia, watched our kids.
Brian is standing at the old entrance to his great-grandfather's farm in McGirk, Missouri.
A view of the street where his ancestors lived.
Kenny took us to the capitol, Jefferson City ("Jeff City" to them). Then he drove us to the Ozarks, which was not what I expected. On our way back home we stopped in some Amish communities and got a load of their horse and buggies.
In the playroom Doris had an old purse with make up in it. Every time I checked on Bridget she was putting eye shadow on. Beautiful. Olivia (next to Bridget on the swing) is holding Kenny and Doris's great-granddaughter, Austin, and that's the dog, Ziggy. (The boys were inside taking a nap.)
We were off to Independence, Missouri, on Monday after eating lunch with Kenny and Doris. The reason we stopped here is because I really wanted to go through the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. (Independence is his hometown and I read his biography last year.) The library and museum had closed fifteen minutes before we arrived. Booo! This is the Truman house.
There were plaques and signs all over the city with the image of Truman walking with his cane.
After Independence, it was just a lot of driving. We stayed in Omaha, Nebraska, that night at a Courtyard Marriott. No kitchen or separate rooms, but it was one of my favorite hotels we stayed in. Emil puked on his already nasty blanket, but I could wash it there. I'm a simple girl. We also had vouchers for the best breakfast of the entire trip. Win!
We spent our last night of vacation at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I don't know if enough time has past for me to talk about that yet. The room was pretty and the pool was nice. BUT!! The boys could open that door to get out (no bolt at the top - that's a door stop you see). Brian took Bridget for a swim after a huge FAIL at dinner (boys running everywhere and too tired to eat). I kept Emil and Colin in the room with me and tried to get them settled down after bathing them. I went to the bathroom and when I came out the door to our room was open and the boys were gone. It was their jail break finale. (When they take off in different directions we call it a jail break.) I found them walking down the stairs on their feet because they're over-confident about their abilities. (It's a controlled fall, for crying out loud! Thanks to Bill Bryson's book I think of that every time I go down any stairs.) I dragged them kicking and screaming back to our room and put all our luggage in front of the door to barricade them in. The above photo is the next morning (Colin was sick during the night and spent most of the night sleeping in our bed and kicking us). Colin is running around with Daddy's phone and Emil is figuring out the zipper on my make up bag. Bridget is probably putting something out of reach. My blood pressure is going up, let's move on.
We made a stop in Laramie, Wyoming, where we visited my old neighborhood. I found it! It took a while, but I did it. I lived there 17 years ago for 2 months during my mission, so it's kind of miraculous. (I didn't have a car in that area either, so double the difficulty.) The photo is Bridget climbing the steps to the Ivinson Mansion where Sister Jennifer Nicholes (my companion) and I were tour guides. That was our service in Laramie.
Bridget took this photo of me. :) It was fun to walk around with her and tell her about that part of my mission.
Then she climbed back into her seat (notice we're watching Bugs Bunny) so we wouldn't disturb her brothers and we headed home.
Colin's hands make me laugh in this photo. Sometimes he'd fall asleep with his hands behind his head, Ferris Bueller-style.
Emil had to have his binky and his blankie to fall asleep in the car (that car seat is crusty!). When he was awake, he liked to throw the binky somewhere in the car and drop his blanket out of my reach by the door and then caw like a magpie until I found them both and gave them to him. Good times. After a while I didn't feel it when I would bump my head on the TV screen.
Whew! My vacation report is complete. :) So proud of us for doing it.