The drive to Washington... Google estimated travel time: 13 hours 24 min
Actual travel time: 18 hours 14 min
So Dave and I thought "hey we will get on the road and miss the massive blizzard headed for Utah"... WRONG!! We met up with it in Idaho and got to sit on the highway for a good hour and a half. Here is a picture of the truck in front of us prior to going into the storm.
This is Preston getting very impatient with the wait and trying his hand out at driving a the car himself. By the way we received at least 4 inches of snow while sitting on the highway during the blizzard.
This is what the highway looked like after we started moving again... um yeah it is safe to say we were the only crazy people trying to drive through it.
Misha has changed so much in her 3 + years. She used to be a puppy that would get car sick driving out of the neighborhood but now she just curls up by the heater and sleeps for most of the car ride. She looks smooshed in this picture but that was her doing not ours, as she had plenty of room in the burban.
Finally, we made it to Grandpa & Grandma Battson's house. We promptly went to bed after arriving but the next day we woke up and hung out at the house all day just enjoying the company.
This is the colossus Sweet Potato that by itself turned into the very yummy Sweet potato casserole Miriam made. It was honestly the size of a football.
Preston giving Grandpa the "Everett Scowl"... such a funny serious kid.
So this year I decided to be one of "those" people who do the stay up all night and shop the BLACK FRIDAY deals. Miriam and Chance joined me in craziness and we made out great. We started the evening off at 10pm Thanksgiving day at Toys r us... well that was the plan until we saw the crazy twice around the building line to get in. We then decided to be more strategic and stood in line at old navy while I purchased what I wanted from TRU online for the same door busting price.
After Old Navy we went home for a short energizing break and then headed back to the Mall for the JcPenney Deals at 4am. It was so fun and exhausting but I ended up saving more than I spent which was awesome. We got home from shopping at around 8am and spent the rest of the day sleeping.
Saturday we stopped by Great Grandma Battson' s for a visit. She had a great time meeting her newest Great Grandson Preston. He and Caitlyn put on a great show for her and had her smiling and laughing the whole time.
After Great Grandma's we had lunch at the Ram... one of my favorites. Then Miriam, Jocelyn and I went off to find boots as our attempts on black Friday were smooshed because the ladies in the shoe department were way too crazy for us. Jocelyn had fun trying on the women's boots but we didn't end up finding what we were looking for.
We left early Sunday morning hoping to have better weather than before. No such luck. This was the last bit of sunshine we saw in Yakima, WA on our way home.
Again what should of taken only 13hours ended up being a horrendously long drive home. Idaho had tons of strong winds and snow which resulted in I-86 closing and causing us to detour to I-84 to Pocatello, ID. Fortunately for us they closed I-84 after we had made it to Pocatello so we were able to get onto I-15 and make it home safely. I must say this, Our kiddos were amazingly good considering the extremely long drive and frequent stops to nurse Preston.
We had so much fun in Washington and wish we could just teleport back and forth from there to here, so we could visit more often.