We took advantage of Craig's long weekend for Columbus Day and flew up to Idaho for a much needed visit. It was such a treat to have cool, autumn weather, but even better than that was 4 days with 3/5 of our kids and grandkids!
We took an early flight out of Ontario and we arrived in Boise at 11:00 a.m. Rebecca and the girls picked us up from the airport, so Grampa had to spoil them a little and let them "ride" the train and plane in the little arcade.
We were right in time for lunch and everyone's favorite, Red Robin. They are always so happy to see the Bryant family there! Rebecca can elaborate.
After lunch we went home and all napped on a nice chilly afternoon. It was such a treat to have genuine fall weather. Paige and Claire both recently learned to ride their bikes without training wheels, so it was fun to see them in action. Of course, Reese didn't want to be left out of the photo op.
While we were watching the girls ride bikes, a big grasshopper was on Rebecca's shoe and the girls thought that was so funny.
Since we hadn't seen Skye since March, we knew it would be a challenge to win her over in such a short time! She would flirt with us and then when we'd reach out to pick her up or hold her she would start to howl! Of course, she warmed up to Grampa first.
Skye is very busy crawling and pulling herself up on everything. She is way too big already, but so cute!
Saturday morning we went to Paige's soccer game at a park just around th corner from Nick & Renee's. Nick and Skye met us there, ( Renee worked that morning) and they surprised us by bringing Uncle Josh and Aunt Krista who had driven up from Provo! Josh is on the left. Skye is wearing Kaylee's "pinata" hat. (Rebecca and Nick have more cute pictures of Josh and Krista I am hoping to find in an email soon).
It was great to see Shannon and Dave Grogan! Their family is so dear to us. Rebecca and Shannon have been friends since their girls camp days when they were in middle school, and I had Samantha in preschool. Dave and Mark work together and Dave is Jamie's cousin! I love it that they are all together in Idaho. Just one big happy family!
Paige loves playing "defender". The leauge has some weird rules, so she can't pick up the ball and actually be a goalie. But she loves it. I got to go down memory lane and french braid her hair that morning, just like I used to for her Mom and Aunt Melissa.
Saturday afternoon we all went to the pumpkin patch in Boise. We had a few extra minutes while we were waiting for everyone and since the girls were all dressed up, I took a few pictures. Rebecca always fixes their hair so cute. Mark's mom made the darling matching barrettes for the girls.
Skye's first visit to the pumpkin patch
We all went through the corn maze, and ended up going in a big circle and exiting at the entrance!
Claire was so tickled to find this lady bug
We spent Sunday afternoon at Nick and Renee's. It is so fun to watch them as parents. They are both so good with Skye. I love her little baby hands in this sweet picture.
Skye is definitely smitten with her Daddy.
At last, the night before we went home Skye let me hold her.
|Here is proof that she actually let me snuggle with her and rock her to sleep - mission accomplished!|
Sunday night Rebecca made homemade rolls and potato cheese soup, and Nick and Renee and Skye came over for the evening. Josh and Krista left about 4:00 and spent the evening with her grandparents, who just relocated to Boise from California. They had a long drive back to Provo that night and Josh still had a paper to do
The girls all adore Skye. This picture pretty much says it all.
It was so great to be with our Idaho and Utah kids. Rebecca said, "This is awesome, almost like Thanksgiving without all the work!" We flew home Monday afternoon, much sooner than we were ready to leave. It was a lovely weekend.