Whew! It’s been quite the busy last two weeks. We left on the second of this month for a week in Kansas with some of our Oregon, Colorado and Kansas Relatives. The goal was to help Jason’s grandma with repairs around the house.
From our house to grandma’s is a 14 hour journey. With two small kids, it takes much longer than that!
Fortunately our trip is split up by stopping at an uncle’s place after 10 hours and then traveling the remaining 4 hours the next day. Both boys did great all things considering. We stopped every 2 hours or so to feed baby and let the toddler run off some energy.
At one stop we were at an abandoned gas station where Kolton enjoyed running around and using a stick to dig in the gravel of the breaking up parking lot.
This stop was especially funny because Kolton is mostly potty trained and we have him go potty at each stop. Since there wasn’t a toilet to sit on, Jason took him over to the bushes, but it just wasn’t happening. So we tried the potty seat.
This potty seat is the kind that you sit on a regular seat so little bottoms don’t sink in. It has handles so Jason suspended the seat midair while I sat Kolton on it and encouraged him to go potty.
It was pretty funny looking and needless to say, Kolton wasn’t able potty that way either. Everytime he would start to relax, a little breeze would kick up and fan his hiney. This would make him tense up and giggle while Jason and I would bust up laughing!
Fortunately he was wearing a pull up because at our next stop it was soaked!
Oh what fun times are to be had with cousin’s and other family! Jokes and teasing happened a lot along with noses and arms and hair getting painted along with the house.
Jason spent the better part of two days trimming the trees in Grandma’s windbreak. Kolton got a chance to ride in the lift for a bit as well and I’m pretty sure that made his weekend.
The second night we were there, Kolton and I were saying prayers I said “thank you for the fun times we are having with family” and Kolton pipes up “an’ t’ank oo for Ka’son” (a slightly older cousin). It was so sweet and he really did enjoy playing with all the kids.
Once the house was painted, I grabbed my Norwex cloths (this girl goes nowhere without her Norwex!) and went to work on the windows. It went fast thanks to awesome microfiber, but there were quite a number of them (I still didn’t get them all done) and the screens and tracks also needed cleaning.
Grandma who is a delightfully spunky old lady (seriously, I want her spunk at that age!) said I must love scrubbing because I had been doing it all day and scolded me for sweeping the floor since it would just get dirty again. When I responded that floors left too long would turn into pig-stys her tart retort was that they didn’t live in a pig sty!
Sigh… These are all Jason’s family but oh how I enjoy them. Distance means we see very little of each other and a few of the cousins I had not met prior to this trip.
Our trip home was uneventful, broken up by a hotel stay this time and the boys loved the pool! It was too deep for them to do anything but hang out in our arms and splash but you better bet they splashed!
And now, if you’ve hung out and read this whole rambling bit of a mess, I’m impressed! We made it home Monday night, but we’ve been taking it easy this week due to a lack of sleep and then sinus colds kicking our tushies. I’m ready to go at it again this week though!