We’ve been doing more driving lately. A few thousand miles in a few days time landed us in the mountains up at the grandparents house. The kids love love love going there…and not only for the family time. Grandma and Grandpa have horses, dogs, a cow, and room to roam! (not to mention the yummy goodies the kids always get spoiled with when we go there!) We drove straight through from Texas to the mountains in Colorado. I seriously thought we were never going to get out of Texas. You may be laughing right now. You may be thinking, yes, Texas is huge. But I don’t think you can really empathize with my feelings about never getting out unless you’ve driven through this massive state. Our drive of 1,000 miles took two full days. We didn’t get out of Texas until noon the second day!!! That’s incredible! Anyway…I’ll let that go now 🙂
We got to spend a week with the Grandparents and Great-Grandma. This meant a week of getting up early when you don’t have to so you can have some coffee with Grandma before work, going to bed late because the time just flies by when you’re with those you love, and lots of food. Lots and lots of yummy, sometimes not so good for you but the grandparents spoil you anyway kinda food….oh, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee! And driving the truck cause you’re way in the middle of nowhere, and feeding apples to the horses, and playing with the dogs, and driving to town for ice cream, and….and…..and….oh, here’s the pictures…see for yourself!
Inevitably, someone cries when we leave…but who wouldn’t? It’s absolutely amazing up there. Grace and I always take a minute when we get out of the truck to just stand and listen for a moment. It’s SO quiet up there….it’s something you don’t miss until you realize you’re missing it. It’s totally peaceful. And completely full of critters….some of which we don’t want…like the mouse that ate my sweet potato! And yes, I caught him! I was setting traps and cleaning while Grace and Great Grandma ran our dishes through the dish washer! And of course his little cousin who decided to ride to Colorado with us for a visit….he was in the bed of the truck. Sorry Carl…I had to throw out your coveralls, they were converted into a mouse bed and I just decided I was NOT dealing with that.
So, you see? It’s not always sunshine and roses…sometimes it’s ants and mouses (yes yes I know it’s mice). But it really doesn’t matter…everything needed a good cleaning anyway! And we had a wonderful week up in the mountains. The only thing missing was the man….but we’re hoping he’ll be home next week!
We have some fun coming our way….we are heading into Arkansas today to do some diamond digging at the Crater of Diamonds Park! My mom is flying in tomorrow and we’ll all be doing it together. Then on our way up to Indiana we’ll be stopping in Memphis again since Mom’s never been there! Stay tuned for more pics! (hopefully with some carats!)