Anyways, I headed out Wednesday morning. After a stop at a lego place in Grand Junction, we were on our way to Midway or bust! Well bust we kind of did - but luckily not too badly! As we were coming upon Helper I just started to feel like I needed to slow down. I couldn't feel anything terribly wrong, but it also didn't feel super normal and I just felt I needed to slow down. So I did. I still didn't notice anything really bad, but I just knew something was wrong. Finally, I knew I had to pull off - so I pulled off at Helper's first exit. Right as I exited it was completely obvious that we had a flat tire. I parked in some lot and checked out our front flat-tire. Bummer! Anyways, to make a long event not-so-long in writing, nobody in Helper would help (how ironic is that!) due to "liability concerns." Blech. But a nice gal had overheard me and offered to help. Yes, I kind of know how to change a tire, but it had been a looooong while and I didn't think I would trust myself anyways. Plus, I didn't have all that was needed. Anyways, the young gal and her mother helped - but it wasn't easy since we didn't have all that we needed. Again, nobody from Helper that drove past us stop to help. But after over an hour my spare was put on and I drove back to Price to Big-O and got a new tire. We had to wait at Big-O for 1 1/2 hours. It was soooo long. But my kids did enjoy the free popcorn and the movie "Chicken Run" that they had put on for them. :) So we made it to Midway about 3 1/2 hours late. Bummer. But we made it!
On Thursday we got up and Erin and I did a run together, which was super fun. Erin was super great - even though she was 5,000 feet higher than she was the day before. :) After that we all headed out to the "Fairy Forest." I had just seen this on one of Ben's friend's facebook comment. It looked like great fun and so we went. It was great fun. I can't even explain the place - it's just something you have to go and see for yourself. It's kind of weird, yet totally delightful for kids (and grandmas :). So I have tons and tons of pictures of all sorts of different fairy houses we saw. I won't post them all, but probably lots. Here I go:
So that was a fun adventure. We drove up a little more and checked out Provo falls - which were pretty awesome! Then we went back to Midway, stopping at Kamas for a lunch break.
We went swimming a little later and then headed to Heber's Farmer Market. It was a bit crowded and crazy, but still fun to go down to. We got dinner there and the kids played at the park.
Erin and Chuck flew out early Friday morning. The rest of us headed to Thanksgiving Point's newest attraction: the curiosity musuem. Something new + in Utah county + for kids = lots of families! Aiyiyi. The line was huge and we debated several times about going and doing something different, but in the end we decided we were there and we just went for it. And it turned out good. It wasn't super crowded once inside and the kids really, really loved it. There were many different areas to explore and play: the motion center, the rainforest, kidtropolis, outdoor discovery gardens, and water-works. It was fun and we spent like the whole day there. Even though we didn't run around as much as the kids, I think we "old" people were more tired than the kids. :) I only took a few pictures (none of which were the neat exhibits):
After dinner my dad took his "thing" (Polaris) and drove down kids to 7-11 for free Slurpees. Why free Slurpees? Because it was July 11th - 7/11. Awesome. Montrose doesn't have a 7-11 and so it was fun for the kids to get to do this.
The kids watched a movie that night and then we called it good. We headed out by about 8am on Saturday morning to make it back to Grand Junction - where we met up with Ben and watched a production our stake (plus 4 others) have been working on, called 18 Lives and the Book of Mormon.
It was fun to hang out with Rhett and Ollie and get to know them a little more. Rhett is definitely growing up in to a great boy. He's very good with his "thank you's" I noticed. He and Emmy were really great buddies and it was fun to see them. They chatted the entire drive to and from wherever we went. It was cute listening to them.
Ollie is just adorable, too. Jonas was so sweet with him and just buddied up with him. Jonas is really great with little kids and just likes them, I guess. It was cute to see Jonas helping out Ollie (Erin, when you get a chance can you send me the picture of Jonas carrying Ollie?). Ollie is funny - and quite quick and witty, really. He and Lucy clashed a bit - it was kind of funny, though. If I told Lucy she couldn't do something, Ollie was quick to repeat me. Much to Lucy's dislike. :) "I know Ollie." I'm sure as they get older they will be more chummy like Rhett and Emmy.
Anyways, I'm already looking forward to next summer when we'll hopefully get to hang out for more than a few days with the Hubands . . .