Trip to Spokane


Reagan, Gwyn & Kelsey

First off, I’d like to give a heart-felt thank you to Pete & Sally and Gina for their hospitality and for inviting us! I was emailed a month or more back from my big sister, Gina, to see if we could join them for their second child, Kelsey’s baptism. Rachel and I discussed it and decided that would be fun and we accepted. Rachel’s dad, Pete, lives up there as well and offered to put us up for the weekend. It was a great weekend!

We were able to arrange the time off and packed up the van with our clothes, supplies and Lexie and left around noon on Friday, the 30th. We take I-15 north to where it meets up with I-90, near Butte, Montana. It’s a pretty lengthy drive and it seemed like every few miles there was a 5 mile stretch of construction. Problem was there wasn’t any actual road work going on! Just blocked off sections of the freeway. A couple of sections where they brought north and southbound together on one side. I think there was one section where the road was actually tore up but still no workers present. They lowered the speed limits from 75 to 35. Otherwise, it was a decent trip. We made it in just over 12 hours. Continue reading “Trip to Spokane”

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Disneyland Trip – 2.0


Disney @ Halloween
Disney @ Halloween

We were invited to join Dave, April, Ian, Debs and Jake at Disneyland to help celebrate Ian’s 4th birthday and a belated wedding celebration for Debs and Jake.

We had already been to Disneyland earlier this year in February as a treat from my Mom, who was having a birthday and wanted to treat us. People looked at us and scoffed wondering how we could be so rich to afford going twice. We really didn’t pay for the first time.

We were able to get really good tickets at Dream Vacation Builders. They were 5 day Park Hopper tickets at the price of 3 day tickets and they were even discounted further. We stayed 4 days and had a blast the entire time! Continue reading “Disneyland Trip – 2.0”

Mom’s Treat: Disneyland!


The other day, Mom IM’d me in the middle of the workday asking me what I would think of her buying us all plane tickets to spend her birthday at Disneyland. After the fog cleared and I was able to change my attention from work to what she had proposed, I was in shock! Immediately, I dialed up Rachel on her IM and rattled off the idea to her. She was blown away and to this day, almost a week later, she is still recovering. After my shock gave way to creativity, I suggested that instead of Mom spending money on our plane tickets, we drive instead and she put that money towards gas and a portion of the Disneyland passes. We could drive the 10 hours and make it easily much cheaper for gas. Sounds good??

I'm Goin' to Disneyland!
I'm Goin' to Disneyland!

I’m excited that my sister, Gina, is bringing her family and I think Mom is bringing a friend along. Joe can’t make it due to his wife being 8 months pregnant and other scheduling issues. We are all really looking forward to this event. How awesome is my Mom??? I love her dearly and even though she can be a bit eccentric, she is sweet and wonderful. I say this, not just because a great event was planned, but because I owe her so much. She’s been through a very interesting life and deserves the world.

Thanks, Mom!

-Timmy

McChicken, Science, 35 MPG & More


Thanks to my sweet Mother being in town and needing a ride to the Boise Airport, we were able to have a roadtrip to Idaho! We had a wonderful time. The weather was great, traffic was light and everything just went smoothly. We left home Saturday morning around 8am. We stopped in Twin Falls to get lunch, at McDonalds. In Utah, as you might know, McDonalds does not sell the $1 McChicken.

McChicken
McChicken

Instead, they sell some horrible Hot N’ Spicy Chicken. It’s always a treat to go out of state and enjoy one of our favorite fast foods. They were as good as remembered! We continued on the road and arrived in Boise around 2:30. Pretty good time, considering the stops and some light road construction. One of my former co-workers who moved up to Boise recently, recommended The Discovery Center of Idaho. It was very cool! Wyatt had a blast. I had a good time. My favorite was the bridge-builder computer program they had. It’s great because it’s totally hands-on, kids can get totally wrapped up into things. Wyatt still found a way to get into trouble. As well as playing tour guide to “help” other folks know how to work the different exhibits. I took Mom to the airport to see her off. Later, we met Rachel’s friends at On The Border (another favorite of ours that isn’t in Utah) for dinner. They let us sack out in their spare room.

We slept good, hung out for a few hours to visit before they had to go to Church. We packed up, and left town around 12:30. We filled up there the day before. I refilled in Salt Lake City and calculated just shy of 35 MPG! I love my little Civic! That was running the AC the entire trip too. We ate some dinner and headed home for the night. It always is rewarding to settle into our own home on our own bed.

Tons of thanks for everything to my Mom, and Amy and Mark. You all were great and made our trip possible and very enjoyable.

-Timmy