So Old

Once upon a time I was 19.  I was boy crazy, but it never looked like I was going to find “the one.”  One of my really good friends was having a similar 19-year-old desperate for love situation.  We were talking on the phone one night and determined if we were both still single at 30 we would get married.

Thirty seemed like it was so far in the future.  And when you were 30 you were OLD.  And sure it was 11 years in the future, over half of the life we’d already lived, so in perspective, it makes sense.  But sitting here at 30, it doesn’t FEEL old, it feels young.

I look at my parents and my parents parents and that OLD…but maybe when I get there I’ll look back at this post and say….it doesn’t FEEL old, it feels young…if only my body didn’t hurt so much. 🙂

A few days ago I had some friends from high school over.  One of them I actually went to kindergarten with.  It was great to catch up.  It’s good to enjoy the old times and remember the past, but I’m really happy I don’t live it any more…I’m very happy right where I am.  I’m happy that I found Zach and that we have the best two year old I’ve ever known.  I love that we get questioned about everything and get to see the world through the innocences of his eyes.  I may always have been the innocent one growing up, but I lost that ability to just enjoy the simple things in life….like late night tickle events and morning snuggle session or the dolphin in the clouds.

I guess you could say, having a child makes you young again.  You see the world in a different more simple way…and being the smart person I am….I’m gonna hold on and enjoy it all I can.

2011 Road Trip – The End

Day 9:

From Tacoma we drove through the night, well Zach did.  At two AM we had a tour of Spokane (I’d always wanted to go to a college there) and even Isaac woke up.  It is near impossible to find a place to go to the bathroom at 2AM, so we had to get out of there and drive to a rest stop – thank goodness for those.  Isaac and I walked a bit and he talked so loudly about all the people sleeping in their cars…I’m sure he woke some of them up.  I still can’t get that kid to understand “quiet” and “whisper.”

After that I slept until about 7 when we got to Missoula.  We switched places, so Zach could get some rest.  I think he slept two, maybe three hours.   I was tired.  I was having trouble keeping my eyes open, so I stopped at an Albertson’s.  I sat in the car and slept, but after a while Isaac woke up and Zach dealt with that.  We ended up putting a blanket out on some grass under a tree and letting Isaac play cars, eat and relax.

Zach became the driver again and we decided we were going to camp in Wyoming.  For some reason, I didn’t have a problem staying awake when I wasn’t driving, so Zach and I continued to listen to Under the Dome by Stephen King and Isaac watched movies and dozed.

I found a RV Campground in Buffalo that looked good and would put us within six hours of home.  I was a little worried to camp at an RV place, but we needed to sleep.  When we got there, we found a nice grassy, creek area to put our tent, free wifi, a swimming pool and showers.  It was great.  After dinner, we took Isaac to the pool.  He was a little hesitant to get in, but once he did he had a blast.  They had a big two foot area, that Isaac could walk around in and he liked to try to run.  He went all the way under once and got a little scared, but recovered nicely.  He also liked to get out of the pool and jump into Daddy’s arms.  It was the first time Isaac had loved the pool.  Every other time we’ve taken him, he has been pretty scared of the whole thing.

We decided to leave the scream porch on the tent open and the rain fly off.  It almost felt like we were outside, minus the bugs.  And the ground wasn’t so hard like the other places we’d stayed. It was a great nights sleep.

Day 10:

In the morning, I drove…and drove…and drove.  We listened to the book again, but it really felt like we were getting no where – both in the book and on the road.  The only exciting thing that happened was when I deer snuck out on to the highway in front of me.  He was hiding in grass and just before he stepped on to the highway I saw his antlers.  Then of course he walked into the middle of the road and stopped in my lane.  Why, oh why, do deer thing that is a good idea.  I slammed on the break and prayed we’d stop…we were going 80MPH, but thankfully there were no cars around us.  We stopped within a few feet….he continued to stare for a few seconds and then walked to the other side of the road.  Freaked me out.  I shook for a while.

Near Cheyenne Zach took over driving and got us home.  Home Sweet Home.

We unpacked everything, started laundry and gave Isaac a bath.  I cooked rice and peas.  Isaac’s bowels are still messed up, so I’m hoping the rice will help.  And then we went through photos.  He was great to just let Isaac play and play he did.  He got lost in his bedroom for a long time and we didn’t have to worry that we’d lost him or that he was getting into anything.  We had a great trip, but it sure is good to be home – even if we came home to a gallon of dog hair on the floor.

2011 Road Trip – Day 8

Friday. The day we are were supposed to head back home. Our plan included stopping in Tacoma at the zoo with my cousin and having some seafood. Then heading our for a night of driving.

Unfortunately not all went as planned. Isaac woke crying in the early morning and we pulled him into bed with us. An hour or so later he was tossing and turning and whining. He finally said he needed to go poopy…but he already had, and not the healthy kind. Thankgoodness he was wearing a diaper! He said his tummy hurt and felt a little warm. Poor little guy!

A few hours later he seemed a bit better and we started packing up, but it was already after when we were supposed to leave. At that point I gave up on the zoo and good thing cause it still took four more hours to get out of there!

After we were packed we took Holden, Logan and DeDe out for what was supposed to be a quick geocache (so the boys would know what it was), of course it took longer than expected. Both boys found one though, so that made for a good experience for them. Isaac fell down on the trail and got a good scraped up bloody knee. Only calmed down when we asked him if he wanted to keep walking and he immediately stopped crying, but would whine anytime his knee was touched for the rest of the day.

We then had to get stocked up on stuff like ice and munchies and lunch for our trip back, so we stopped at Safeway followed with a trip to Swain’s to use a gift certificate Zach had gotten for his birthday. In the mist of these shopping trips we realized we needed to return to the house to get some things we forgot – guess you can’t remember everything he first time. Oh, I forgot to mention that Greg sent us home with a maple and some roses.

Finally on the road, four hours late, meant we missed the zoo, but we decided to still meet up with my cousin at Point Defiance Park. Guess what we did there? Geocached! And I took a lot of photos at the rose garden. We looked at the water and it’s crystal clear! I just can’t get over it! We saw a few dead jelly fish and three live ones.

We found a seafood restaurant on the pier and I even had fish! But the biggest surprise was that Isaac LOVES calamari.

We drove along the sound and said our goodbyes and headed out of town.

2011 Road Trip – Day 7

Hello from Tacoma!
That’s right this is a guest post from yours truly-Big Z! While your normal host drives us on our long trek home I will update you all on yesterday’s events. So on day 6 some of my family from California arrived. This group consisted of my 2nd cousin Andy, his girlfriend Jorge (Jordana is her real name-don’t ask me, I don’t get it!), and Andy’s sons-Wilder, Holden, and Logan. Big group of people to organize and move in a timely fashion like going on a hike to the Hoh Rainforest.
As you have probably guessed our goal for the day was to get up and all travel to the Hoh Rainforest which was easier said than done! DeDe spent hours it seemed making breakfast for everyone while everyone showered and got ready. Even after breakfast was done we were far from prepared. Jenn, Isaac, and I were ready but something was holding half of the group from being ready. While waiting, we decided to go look for a geocache near the house with Holden, Logan, and DeDe who may be the newest and most enthusiastic member of the geocaching community. After tromping through wet brush and taking about 30 minutes to do so without even coming close to the cache, we decided to head back and see if everyone was finally ready to go to the rainforest.
Miraculously everyone was ready and we started our drive to the rainforest. Along the way we drove by a place called Crescent Lake which was very beautiful with it’s clear blue water. Even more exciting was the next stop in the town of Forks.
Incase you don’t know (and don’t feel bad if you don’t-really), Forks is where the Twilight story takes place (only fictionally though). This fact alone has made this little logging town quite popular to adoring young women across the country and apparently they flock here in droves so that they might be able to feel some of the sparkly vampire on werewolf action that takes place there (fictionally). Well we stopped at a hamburger joint for a quick bite (pun intended) where you could order things like a Bella Burger and a Twilight Lemonade. I am sure the giggling tween girls taking pictures of themselves at the Welcome to Forks sign would soon find there way there! We soon got back on the road and passed a lodge where Bella’s red truck complete with a dent on the driver’s side (once again, if you don’t know what I am talking about-congratulations, make sure it stays that way!) sits. Apparently the town bought it from Hollywood or something. It was really amazing to see how this book series has caused such a craze for such a little town.
Eventually we made it into the Hoh Rainforest and were delayed in our drive by a pair of Elk roaming the sides of the road and eating. Everyone stopped to take photos, it was a real touristy moment straight out of the movies when everyone surrounds wildlife and takes thousands of pictures while the wildlife does something spectacular like lift its head. Anyway I was one of the gawkers and I am certain you will see the resulting photos before too long. It really was very cool!
Finally we made it to the trails. The rain-forests in the area are not your stereotypical tropical, Jaguar and Toucan filled, watch out for poison darts kind rain forest. These are more like trees that you typically see in the mountains but much, much, much bigger and completely covered in thick green moss that hangs down and creates this amazing curtain like feel. There are plants everywhere that seem like they were the type that dinosaurs were tromping around. And yes it rains there like all the time as it did off and on during our time there. It was an amazing sight that I think everyone should experience sometime. Giant slugs, nurse trees, and amazing views!
During this hike Isaac had a blast with his new friend Jorge! He did his best to stay with her and hold onto her and even pet her when he could (Ashley’s new competition!). He also fell in the mud a time or two and was very concerned about getting dirty but learned to use Daddy’s pants as a napkin so everything was ok.
After we were all quite satisfied with our hike, we got back into the cars and headed back home. Along the way Isaac sang us songs and kept us very entertained as Wilder slept and the rest of us snacked. We were all very tired as we got home and ate delicious hoagies and went to bed!
Another great day with DeDe and Greg!

2011 Road Trip – Day 6

Setting the alarm on vacation always seems wrong, but we wanted to be on the first ferry to Canada so it was a must. We had a quick bowl of cereal and DeDe drove us to the dock. It was a cold dreary day, so I was a little concerned to be out on the water, but it all worked out.

Zach and Isaac both rode free. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday. We arrived in Victoria about 10AM and it was dry.

Victoria is such a beautiful city-clean, flowers, well manicured gardens, water and the nicest people. We really just spend a few hours wandering around the city. Zach’s only requirement was to have a Canadian beer in Canada and a few geocaches. I was really amazed by the way all car stop for pedestrians no matter where you are. You don’t need to look, just walk on out and all cars, buses, etc. will stop. It was pretty amazing.

We returned home and had an evening cookout with DeDe and her son and grandsons from California that arrived just in time for dinner. Isaac found new friends and we had a bonfire.

2011 Road Trip – Day 5

Isaac had an accident in the middle of the night, which resulted in him being naked in our bed. He needed to to pee in the morning and walked over to the the door, walked outside and peed off the deck. It had to be one of the most natural things in the world. But then it took me a while to get him actually dressed. He wanted nothing to do with them, so he first left the cabin with only his shoes.

Once we got going, we went into town. We visited the pier and a marine life museum, where we got to play with star fish, urchins, crabs, snails and sea cucumbers. We also got to see some fish and some octopus. We then wandered around the port geocaching and chatting. It was quite an enjoyable day.

By the time we got back to the house it was raining, but we had a nice dinner in and had some fun listening and watching the owls on the way home.

2011 Road Trip – Day 4

July 11th. We woke early to beautiful blue skies above our heads. There really is something to waking up in nature (and not all hot a sweaty that can happen in a tent.). Isaac was still tired and grumpy, so we let him watch a movie while we packed up the tent.

Then we drove and drove. Isaac slept for a lot of the day, so we listened to our book. Isaac did ask the dreaded “why?” for the first time…and soon followed up with “how does that happen?” As in, “how does the rain fall on my white car?”. So thoughtful this little man of mine.

We arrived at our final destination only 30 minutes after my planned time. And we had a no accident day!

Isaac was so exited to arrive. He ran in circles. Ran down the path, swung on the swing, saw the chickens and met the dogs. The joy on his face was so evident. We had trouble convincing him to come in for dinner.

After a nice dinner we retired to the little cabin where we all snuggled in and slept in oh-so-comfy beds.

2011 Road Trip – Day 3

Yesterday was a pretty mellow day. It started at 8 when our tent got to hot. We put a naked Isaac outside to pee – sorry to all those around, he soaked all the clothes and blankets we had in the tent and he had to pee.

We did some quick geocaching so we could get our Utah badge. Unfortunately we let Isaac drink an entire box of milk and didn’t believe him when he said he needed to go potty because he’d just gone. About ten minutes later, as we were driving at 80MPH, Isaac was urgent that he needed to pee. The look he gave me made me realize he couldn’t hold it at all. Zach pulled to the aide as quickly as possible, but it wasn’t quite quick enough. Isaac leaked enough to get on his seat, but not enough for a huge puddle to soak the seat. I opened my door and put him on the floor so he could pee out the door-gotta love having a little boy! We had many more of these quick stops through put the day, but no more accidents.

We stopped in Boise for a late lunch at Pita Pit and some playground time. Then we continued on to our camping stop in northeastern Oregon. Isaac and I slept along this part of the trip

We arrived early enough to set our tent up in day light. We decided to leave the fly off (after consulting the weather) so we could see the stars. When it got dark it got really cold, so we piled on blankets and decided Isaac could sleep with us. Soon enough we were all out.

2011 Road Trip – Day 2

Yesterday was a great day…but so long!

The night before we got to my aunt and uncle’s house. They let us stay in their basement. We pit Isaac’s sleeping bag on the floor and he had no problem going and sleeping on it when he was ready to sleep. About 6 Isaac woke up and wanted in bed with us. I took him to the bathroom and then he snuggled with us for a few hours.

We got on the road and headed to Salt Lake (about 1.5 hour drive) for a family picnic in the park. Most of my mom’s family lives in SLC. It was organized at this big park with a covered shelter with lots of tables and several play grounds, one of which was like a little old west city. It was hard to keep track of Isaac in the one.

I had made strawberry lemonade cake pops to share and they were a big hit. Thankgoodness…I was a bit worried when no one wanted to try them because they didn’t know what they were. Silly people.

Isaac was a bit tired at the park since we had to wake him up to go, so he was a little grumpy and hard to deal with but it was still good to see everyone.

After the park we headed to Tracy Aviary. My cousin works in the bird show and I’ve always wanted to see the show. She puts a lot of effort in to training and writing the show. We were a little early and Isaac had fallen asleep in the car so we let him sleep for about 20 minutes.

We got in and Steph had worked it out for us to feed the pelicans, and later the conures, but first Zach got to hold a toucan, Inca, who even smiled for pictures. She was quite cute and Isaac had a huge grin.

A few minutes later we were given dishes of whole fish to toss to the pelicans. Isaac whacked Zach in the head and isn’t quite as food at throwing a slimy fish as he is at throwing a ball.

We then wandered around the aviary for a while, running into my cousin again who was out with a turkey vulture. Isaac ran eight up to her, I think he wanted to give her a hug! She was pretty sweet and kept sunning herself with her wings open.

Then we moved on to feeding the conures. In Denver you can feed them to, but you just get a cup of sugar water and are only supposed to feed the ones in the tree. Here we were given apples to hold out and the birds would swoop down to eat. I think we all had four or more on us at one time. Isaac wasn’t scared, it was all quiet fascination. He even got to feed some seed.

Then it was time for the bird show. Isaac was hot, tired and thirsty by this point so it was a bit of a challenge to keep him sitting and now screaming, bit the show helped. The birds flew often and are so amazingly trained. Zach got to volunteer and have a red-tailed hawk land on his arm several times. And after the show we walked up to talk and Isaac got to play with a well trained, loud crow. We were going to get to see more birds from the show, but it was starting to storm.

We headed out to my cousin’s cousins house for dinner and to let the kids play. She has a four year old and a dive month old. Isaac and her dour year old hit it off better than I have ever seen him hit it off with anyone. They played trains forever, had conversations, played in water, chased each other with water guns, laughed and gave each other hugs. And all this allowed me to cuddle with a cute five month old and just enjoy spending time with my cousin and her husband. Nothing warms a Mom’s heart like observing her kid have a great time.

We were only in the car, on our way to our final destination of the day, for five minutes when Isaac feel asleep. I tried to wake him up so he’d sleep at night, but he was having none of that, so he was still asleep when we arrived at our camp site. It was almost dark, so we got straight to work on the tent. We got it all setup and Zach went to check on Isaac. He was awake and told Zach he cried “because you didn’t get me.”. How sad! But then he was awake and so excited about the tent. He ran round and round, but when it was time to go to sleep he went right over and cuddled in his sleeping bag…until he had his first accident of our trip in the middle of the night. He then slept naked between Zach and I for the rest of the night.