About a month ago I wrote about our Idaho surprise and posted some pictures from our first few days there, but thought I'd add some other pictures from the rest of our visit. It was so nice to have that time with my parents, sister, and grandparents. It was also nice for Teddy to have all that time with his grandparents and aunt; it meant that I had so much more brain space than normal. Didn't have to think about the everyday responsibilities that come with keeping three small, moving children alive and well.
I did some reading. I cooked for fun. (what?) I watched Pride and Prejudice with my mom and sister while we wore irrelevant skirts and drank tea. I worked out to an exercise video (yes, a VHS) that we used to work out to when I was like 12 years old, just for kicks. I did a lot of sitting and laughing around a roaring fire by my parents' wood stove. Just relaxing. Stretching. Foot-rubbing. Cat-petting. Striking pensive poses. I even tried to cross country ski for the first time in something like seven years. The result was beautiful scenery and great exercise but did not end well. (See how it ended.)
On the other side of the country my husband and our amazing friends took wonderful care of Cal and Clark. I was wondering how the boys would do in my absence. I missed them-- I'd never been away from them for so long. When they picked me up from the airport they were decidedly indifferent to the fact that I was now with them. Then there was an adjustment phase where I was reintroduced to life with three children by myself all day. They seemed a little put out that we did normal stuff like clean their room and eat sandwiches after having gone to a movie, made mini pizzas, gone duckpin bowling, skating, ate a lot of pizza, ice cream, cheesecake, played a lot of Wii, watched movies, in general were treated like little princes. I think we are now adjusted back to reality.
Here are some pictures from the rest of our Operation Ted Sneak Idaho trip:
|Great Grandma eats some little feet.|
|Walking on Papa|
|Heading uphill on cross country skis|
|Teddy had lots of hands eager to feed him.|
|The scene from my parent's dining room one morning-- that's the frozen|
lake out there
|Super adorable pygmy owl that hung out for hours one day|
|Pride and Prejudice watching|
|This was my handmade and hand-painted chair when I was little.|
|Afternoon snuggles with Aunt Bean|
|The rocket ship birdhouse Cal and Clark painted for Papa last year|
|Grandma loves Teddy|
|and so does Aunt Bean!|
|Meeting Winnie the horse-- not so sure about her|
|Meeting Great Aunt Gwen and|
Something-or-other once removed Anna, visiting from Ecuador
|Little grocery shopping with Grandma|
|Rocking with Great Grandpa Joe|
|Making Great Grandma laugh|
|Teddy found his best friend. Turns out he likes to hang|
out in the locker room of Grandma and Papa's gym.
|First swimming pool experience was a smashing success!|
|Soaking up the fire|
|Me attempting to cross country ski...it's been awhile|
|Out on a walk with Papa|
|Teddy's friend is also in the Denver airport|
after a poop-splosion!
|Watching the planes in Denver on the way home|
|Teddy is now an experienced traveler.|