Since you last heard from me we took a little trip to Yellowstone. I had never been before and was excited to go. We were staying with my In-laws in their motor home. It’s a fairly roomy motor home so it wasn’t too bad but I’m praying that Brandon gets our motor home up and running for next year! It would be so nice to have our own place to stay for once. Especially with the baby (finding a place for her to nap and feed her) Brooks wanting to jump on everything and worrying about him breaking things, and getting a little privacy! There’s nothing worse than everyone knowing when you’re doing your business…I don’t care if we are family ;)
Brooks went up with his grandparents a couple days before us, while we finished up the work week. They ended up seeing a Momma grizzly bear and her cubs, he was really excited about it! I on the other hand was a little scared. It happened to be the same time that fugitives were supposedly hiding out in Yellowstone. So I was glad when we finally got up there to be with him. We were supposed to take the In-laws suburban up there so we could all drive around together. But I had to get my car door fixed and this was the only time I would be able to be without it for a few days since we’d be gone. So I drove it to the shop to drop it off and Brandon picked me up in the burban. By the time we got home, the overflow reservoir was way above the full line, boiling and there was antifreeze all over the driveway. I’m glad we discovered this problem before we were stranded in the middle of nowhere!! But now we didn’t have a vehicle. We had barley made it in time to drop off my car before the shop closed for the weekend and Brandon’s car still wasn’t working (Even if it was, there’s no way I’d take it on a road trip!) So Brandon’s grandparents let us borrow their truck and we were on our way. Upon arriving we found out that they (Brandon’s Mom, Dad, Brother and his wife) had been pulled over while driving around the park. Since they didn’t have Brooks’ car seat (You can imagine how pleased I was to hear this!) they hid him under a blanket while the police officer came up to the car. My brother in law always has a gun in his truck (He’s a manly man) so they informed the officer there was a firearm in the vehicle as you are supposed to. They all had to put their hands in the air or hang them out the window and the officer called for back-up. After the officers did their thing, they ended up giving them a warning and sending them on their way…all the while Brooks is still hiding under this blanket in the back seat. As they drove away and Brooks sat up he was so proud he had stayed so quite as to not get his grandpa in trouble. He said “I didn’t even chew my gum!” Now he is quite aware when there are police men around when we’re driving and always tells me to slow down or be careful. Poor kid
The first day there, we went to Old Faithful. If you’ve never been to Yellowstone, it’s a lot of driving!! Everywhere you go is like miles away, it took us about 45 min to get there from where the RV park. Brooks had nodded off by the time we pulled in to the parking lot. I picked him up to get him out of the truck and he had peed!! He has never done that before, we had no change of clothes or anything we had just driven forever to get there and it was forever to get back. Plus it was overcast and chilly. Brandon ran over to the souvenir shop to see if they sold pajamas or sweat pants or something. He came back with these long winter socks; they went all the way up Brooks’ legs. We put one of Paisley’s diapers on him.(a size 1) Surprisingly it fit him haha scrawny boy and just put his wet pants back on him. He was really upset that he had to wear a diaper and cried for a bit but got over it as soon as we go to the geyser. They have a webcam set up there so we called my Mom and had her log on to see us which Brooks thought was pretty neat. Right after old faithful went off there was a pretty rainbow in the sky and there was a cool view of all the steam coming off the hills!
The next day we saw the Mud Volcanoes and drove around the park some more taking in all the beautiful scenery! All the buffalo were fun to watch Brooks switched back and forth between our truck and his Uncles truck and we talked over the walky talkies. There was a lot of driving!! I’m not sure what we were thinking going on this trip with an infant but luckily she was an angel and pretty much slept the whole time we were driving. The last day in Yellowstone we got up a little early and watched the wolves running around in the morning, it was neat to see them even though they were very far away. We headed to the Grand Tetons in the pouring rain. We set up shop at camp and headed to Jenny Lake. Took a boat ride and hiked up to a waterfall. It was very pretty! The next day we headed off to Jackson Hole for dinner, did some window shopping and stopped in this really fun candy shop! Took some pictures at the Elk antler arches and enjoyed some really tasty ice cream cones. I think by the end of the trip Pais had had enough of being in the car, she was so good the whole trip and then she cried non-stop for almost 3 hours on the way home. All in all it was a nice little family get away, but I don’t think we’ll do Yellowstone again for a while! I’m putting my $ away for Disneyland!
(This is what I looked like the whole trip ha)