One of the things I got for my birthday this year was this small travel bag. I have been using a bag I got 8 years ago from Dad and Lisa as a diaper bag, and after they gave me this new one I decided it was time to retire the old one. I have loved that red diaper bag, but this one is smaller and with a little creativity I'm able to fit everything I need to inside.
About an hour into our drive Oakley threw up, poor thing, making a bit of a mess in the back seat. After cleaning it up and starting on our way again he threw up a second time, but this time into a bag we had provided. Not the best smell to be wafting through a car driving on windy roads. Anyway then Birch told us he was poopy, but we were close enough to the cabin to decide we would wait until we got there to change him. Then poor Oakley (and I hope he forgives me for this, but mind you he was sick) pooped in his pants.
It was okay, we were almost to the cabin. We could fix everything once we got there! A moment later the cabin came into view and we saw 4 feet + of snow piled on either side of the road, with no plowing having been done on the cabin road. The only way to get up was to hike. Eric took some of our things up, turned on the heat, and then we left. We had planned on getting dinner in McCall before settling at the cabin anyway (we drive up, turn on the heat, then come back after dinner when its all warmed up), but this meant we would have to find another place to change the boys.
We decided the best place to do that would be at Ponderosa State Park where they have really nice, large bathrooms. It was still a 30 minute drive however. We just needed to make it another 30 minutes!
About 15 minutes on our way, a policeman pulled us over for speeding (mind you we were trying to get to a bathroom). He let us off with a warning, and finally we reached the bathrooms. Anyway, after Saturday things were much smoother!
We had fun digging out a snow fort, each of us taking turns. It was eventually big enough for all the kids to fit inside, but then it started to rain.....
So the rest of the time we played inside, though the kids braved the rain throughout the weekend now and then to get more snow time. We watched a lot of BBC's Walking with Beasts episodes and snacked a bunch. I'm glad we went up.
Eric only had to work until 1:00 the following day so we had lunch on the pier again before heading to the airport. It was such a beautiful day; we were so sad to be leaving the perfect weather to sit on a plane.
Aspen turned 8 on Saturday and has decided to be baptized. We are so proud of her and having a fun time planning her special day. We have lots of family coming into town next weekend and are so grateful they are making the trip to celebrate with us.
All Aspen wanted to do on her birthday was go to the gym with me. Scentsy's policy is that children can use the gym starting at 8 years old. I was excited too; she spent some time on the treadmill, elliptical, rowing machine, bike, and stair stepper. We did some mat work with body balls, and she played some basketball too. She had a great time and is excited to go back. She was so excited it was a little scary at times; she jumped on one machine without my guidance when I wasn't looking and it could have done some serious damage. We talked several times about her not touching things unless I was with her. I love her enthusiasm :)
Later that day we took the kids to the aquarium (yes, Boise has an aquarium...!) Then we met Pete, Ami and Mary for yogurt and TCBY.