Monday, December 22, 2008


Wednesday, December 10th
Boise, Idaho

Mom, Dad and I hooked up their camper to the suburban and headed down the road 'for the winter'. We didn't get away as early as we had hoped... but we did get out of town. We drove from Boise to Idaho Falls. We lived in IF for 13 years. Mom kept up with some friends over the years so we parked in Dave and Sara's front yard for the night. She fed us well and we had a nice visit with them.

Thursday, December 11th
Idaho Falls, Idaho

We got up early to meet another great friend for breakfast. Our next door neighbor for those 13 years came across town to have breakfast with us. It was great to catch up on his family as well.

Then we headed down the road with our destination of Cora, WY. Brother Wade is working with some cousins servicing equipment on oil rigs in that area. It was a fun drive through familiar scenery. We spent so much time camping and rafting in the area when I was a kid. We pulled into Wade's and Ty's about 1pm. They have a snug little house with a great view. We had fun hanging out with them for the rest of the day.

Friday, December 12th
Cora, Wyoming

We got up and had a great breakfast, fixed by the guys. They do very well for two guys 'baching' it. They know how to keep a clean house and cook tasty food.

We needed to get down the road because we kept hearing about weather that was coming from the west. And the wind did blow us around a bit across Wyoming. We ended up driving to Sydney, Nebraska. We stayed that night in the Cabela's campground there. It was a nice campground with hot showers and wireless internet.

Saturday, December 13th
Sydney, Nebraska

By this time we knew it was going to be a long day to make it all the way to El Dorado, Kansas that day. We drove to York, Nebraska and started south. When we started south the wind really started blowing us backwards. It had been a slow going trip already, but now it was really slow. We finally pulled into Sandy and Rodney's about 9pm and were so happy to be here!

To be continued...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Where was I?

So I got as far as Thanksgiving week in my update.

Once all of the family left, I camped out at my friend's house and worked and worked and worked on all of the portrait work I was behind on. It was good to have some consistent time with my computer. I feel like I am really starting to be good at my editing software.

Then Misty and Peter went to Portland for the weekend and Mom, Dad and I were the babysitters extraordinaire. We had the kids for two and a half days. It was fun and we managed to go to the park twice as well as get in all the required naps and meals. My only complaint is that those kids get up early EVERY day. I felt a little lacking in sleep by the time the parents got back. They only nodded in agreement to my complaint.

I was able to take family photos for some friends in Boise. It was fun to do them outside on a nice day for some fantastic people.

I took one day to go through all of my stuff, store things away at Misty's, and pack the things I would need for a few months on the road. Then began the big adventure... but I will save that for another post.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


It was pointed out to me that I spelled your name wrong in my slide show. I am so sorry, sweet niece. Here is your very own picture just to make up for my slip as super aunt.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Back Again

It has been a while since I was able to post. But it isn't out of laziness... it is busyness and lack of internet at times.

I left you at the end of my 3 week trip to Kansas. The day I flew out I took family photos of two fantastic families, quickly packed my bags and ran to the airport. Grandma and I were headed back to Boise, but had a bit of a rabbit trail to Bozeman, Montana. Boise was fogged in and we would need more fuel to circle the airport. We were able to land at nearly 2am.

Over the next few days both of my brothers and their families came to town. We had a lodge rented in Idaho City for the holiday. So we had a lot of fun playing cards, eating great food and being together. Here is a little slideshow of some shots from the weekend.