The first day I drove 61/2 hours from Portland and ended the day in Emmett, Idaho and stayed the night with one of my close friends from high school. While my friend, Tessa and I were busy catching up and playing with her little girl, Charlotte was busy making friends with the two cow dogs and the horses in the field. Charlotte kept sticking her head through the fence to go say hi to the horses. I kept a close eye on her because I was afraid she would squeeze through the fence.
Charlotte, Me, Tessa and Alyanna sitting on a bench in Tessa's backyard
Aly on her swing set
Charlotte and Storm
After staying with Tessa the night I drove 2 hours more through Idaho and stopped in Hagerman to visit my grandparents. Idaho has never been a favorite state of mine but the little town of Hagerman is beautiful. It sits right along the Snake River and is full of natural greenery and small ponds and creeks. My grandparents house was built entirely by my grandpa and my uncle about 15 years ago. My grandpa did such a good job designing a house that fits his property beautifully. It complements its surroundings and doesn't feel out of place. I saw a lot of multi-million dollar homes along the Snake River but my grandparent's house is by far my favorite. There is even a large pond in back stocked with carp, koi, sturgeon and other types of fish that my grandpa filled himself.
This is the back side of the house my grandpa built. The grass is a perfect spot for my grandma to practice her golf swing.
The next stop was my grandma Colleen's house in Utah. It was really nice to see my grandma and as an added bonus my dad was there too. He just moved back to the states from Mexico and I hadn't seen him since Christmas. While I helped my grandma plant up some planters out front and then we worked on sewing a Christmas yo-yo quilt (another topic for a blogging post in the future).
Beautiful leaves turning color on our way to the lake.
After Utah I drove 9 1/2 hours to get to Dayton, Nevada to visit my mom, nana and the majority of my relatives. We did a lot while I was there. We went to Virginia City and watched the Port-a-potty races, drove to Lake Tahoe and had a picnic and I helped my nana make some scarecrows for her yard.
My nana and her new scarecrow
The historic mining town of Virginia City
A contestant in the annual Port-a-potty races
At Lake Tahoe with my brother, mom and nana
Charlotte and Buster in the water, neither one wanted to be in there.
Well, that is the condensed version of my trip. Charlotte and I had lots of fun. Now that we are back I haven't wasted any time getting back into the crafting ideas. On Sunday a steam cleaned the living room and redecorated. I should be done very soon and will post photos of what I have been working on. I have a lot of blogging ideas, hopefully I will find the time to get them all done!