Monday, December 19, 2016

Weekend In Rexburg

Some of Ryan's family was visiting Rexburg for graduation, so we decided to drive up for the weekend to see everyone. Unfortunately, it decided to snow the morning we drove up, and it was hectic.

The roads were clear besides a little rain until we got to Pocatello. It was snowing and the roads were so slick. We came to a stop and didn't move for over an hour. Turns out that a semi truck had jack knifed across the freeway. 

Jane was getting so restless and kept crying no matter what I did. So I finally just pulled her out of her car seat and let her hang out up front with us. But of course, just a few minutes later, we started to move again. We came to a stop again and I felt so bad for the girls for sitting in their uncomfortable car seats.

It ended up taking 2 hours longer than our normal time to get there. Good thing we had all sorts of movies and snacks ready for them.

We finally made it to Rexburg and hung around the house for the rest of the night, not wanting to spend another second in the car. We saw Ryan's cousins for just a bit since they had been at graduation, but they were leaving early in the morning to drive back home, so we just chatted for a while.

Just as we were getting into bed, Norah said she had to go potty, so I took her in the bathroom and she threw up right into the toilet. Poor thing got up a few more times that night to throw up and was feeling lethargic and tired the next morning. I never know if it's because she is sick or if it's because she ate too many sweets---she had a GI tract test last year to see what the issue was after having several vomiting episodes, but we never found anything and we still haven't really seen a major pattern to track, so we're just guessing.

Norah kept lounging around on the couch or going back downstairs to lay in bed. She kept asking for snuggles and I gladly obliged.

It was so nice to just hang out at the house and not have anything to do or anywhere to go. I didn't even start to get ready until 2pm!

I played card games with Jeanne, Janel, Nathaniel, and their grandma for most of the morning. Then before nap time we opened up birthday presents from Janel for birthdays in November.

Janel got some some darling princess books that are really nice because they talk about princesses doing normal activities like wearing hiking boots, scraping knees, or playing in the mud. 

It was a very thoughtful and practical gift! We love books!

And since Janel just recently went to China, she also got them these adorable little traditional dresses for the girls. 

They are so cute and Norah was especially glad she had pink. ;)

Lastly, she got them some cute little panda backpacks as well. They are all about purses and bags, so this was a perfect gift.

Janel also got me a really pretty bracelet made from vintage spoons. She's had one for a while and I always thought it was so pretty! Now, if I can only keep it out of Norah's reach. ;)

We put the girls all down for naps and Ryan and I took off to go celebrate our wedding anniversary in Idaho Falls. 
Ryan's dad moved into a new office a few months ago so we stopped by to see the new building and all the new department equipment. It made me feel really nostalgic and I felt really sad that I am not in school anymore. I told Ryan that I would move back to Rexburg just to go to school again...and then we walked out into the below-zero-degree weather and I promptly changed my mind. 

We waited on a freeway again after an accident, but finally made it to Ammon for some sushi and dessert. Once we finally made it to our hotel, the staff realized that our suite was not ready...which meant even more waiting. I was feeling cold and frustrated (but maybe that was because Frozen was playing on the TV haha) when they finally let us in. 

Every time we stay somewhere over night, we never sleep in late so we can get back to the girls at a reasonable time. But I told Ryan that next time we stay somewhere, I want to sleep in as late as I can haha. The view of the temple was beautiful and it was a nice way to spend our anniversary. 

We had lunch back at the house before packing up and heading back to Utah. It felt like a short trip and we both wished we would have been able to stay one more day, but it was actually a fun weekend and we're so glad we were able to see everyone!

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