This is us. But it is not us. We don’t stay in hotels for three nights in a row. Especially not over the holidays. We don’t travel during the holidays, except for the over-the-river-and-through-the-woods 99 miles to Grandpa and Grandma Rowley’s house in Duchesne (which, since it’s under 100 miles, doesn’t really count as “travel”). Since we are usually home where there is always so much to do, we don’t tend to just “hang out” and visit. And aside from the times when a Star Trek or Star Wars movie is coming out near my almost-Christmas birthday, we don’t go to movies during the holidays.
But we did it!
Friday after Thanksgiving we forwent (is that word?) deals and steals for memories, completely ignoring Black Friday (which I tend to do anyway) and heading to the antithesis of Black Friday–Emmett. My brother Jon taught everyone who wanted to how to drive the tractor. I went around once on my own, then took James around for a spin, which was delightful.
The rest of the family got to meet the cows. I hope you can see James’ face on this one. He is starting to say words, which he clearly recognizes and understands, and the word of the day was “cow.”
And we went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
We dined out way too much, but it was a great way to catch up with my dear friend Lindsey and spend time with family before everyone headed home today.
And we stopped at my mom’s favorite “rest” stop, Gossner Foods (Cheese Factory) both coming and going.
It was wonderful that so many of my siblings were able to gather this weekend and we truly enjoyed our time together. One of the best parts of the trip, besides how much it meant to my brother that we would come, was spending so much time with this sweet child.
He is cutting molars and canines. He has an upper respiratory infection and cough. And he has one of those childhood viruses that leaves him with painful sores in his mouth. In the midst of that we disrupted his sleep cycle and took him out of his routine and his home and made him spend an afternoon in the company of a puppy that repeatedly knocked him down, yet James continually tried to stay cheerful and happy and enjoy his surroundings. I hope he and his parents have a good long peaceful sleep in their own beds tonight!