Since we couldn't make it to Hawaii for Thanksgiving this year with the rest of the Carlson clan I thought I might finally have to cook my own Thanksgiving dinner.
But Joey's aunt Lori graciously invited us to their feast in Cedar City.
Joey couldn't make it because his first final was the monday after Thanksgiving.
But we ditched him and went anyway.
He was invited by a study groupie to his Grandma's house.
That's how I would have felt at least.
But Joey never feels awkward.
And he loves to flirt with old women.
And he didn't have to eat a turkey made by me.
I didn't get a SINGLE picture except with my camera phone.
AND of other people and their children.
This is Lori and Brian's newest grandbaby, Austin.
She was blessed while we were there and I couldn't resist a few shots of a sleeping baby in a living room with perfect lighting.
Gwen lost her third tooth while we were there. Nana pulled it out and I was so sad that I missed it AGAIN!
But then she lost her other front tooth a few days later and I got to pull it out.
Yay! Now Gwen has another memory with me besides just getting yelled at.
We got to spend a little time with my parents and my sisters in St. George. They all thoroughly spoiled us and sent us home with a trunk load of Christmas presents. I still haven't bought a single gift. I better get started.
We had tons of fun in Cedar City. I felt a little awkward for a tiny little second when I realized that it was the whole Whitney/Tavoian/Beard clan plus me and the kids. But there was nowhere I'd rather be. They have always been so good to us and treat us like they like us. And that is hard to come by.
We did a super super quick family photo shoot. But that will have to wait until Cash goes down for another nap today.
Then we headed to South Jordan where we had less than a day to pack our whole house and get it in storage. My mom spent way too much money on packing supplies and came up to help out. My brother Luke and his pregnant wife came over and watched the kids while I helped my mom spend her money. Joey's aunt Susan came over early and just completely saved the day. She pretty much packed the house all by herself and some of us helped a little. Her husband came over after work and got busy helping. Joey's uncle Mark came with a trailer and hauled it all to a storage unit for me. I think he took 100 trips. I felt pretty dumb about the whole thing, but mostly just so GRATEFUL for such wonderful family! My cousin Ryan drove all the way from St. George to help out and my sister came to help me clean the next day. And of course my "teenagers" Kayleigh and Viva whisked the kids away and I didn't even have to worry about them.
THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!!!
This was the kids on the trip back to Utah.
This was taken before we realized that my evil GPS took us on a long and windy scenic route.
I hate her.
Cash learned a few weeks ago that he loves to hear the sound of himself shrieking.
The sound of Cash shrieking makes Gwen sob uncontrollably.
Max has a teeny tiny bladder. And he takes his shoes off promptly after getting into the car.
And throws them places. Never to be found again.
This makes gas station clothing changes more difficult than they should be.
To make things so much worse I overheard someone at the counter at McDonald's say, "Syphilis, the gift that keeps on giving..." just as the girl handed us our food out the drive-thru window.
Of course we all got stomach aches and the kids got carsick.
I hope that's all we got.
When Max was feeling considerably carsick with his window rolled down he said, "MMMOOOOOOMMMMM........why didn't you just say no?" (Referring to McDonalds).
It was the worst ride of my life.
(That probably isn't true. We went on lots of van rides to remote places growing up.)
Meet our sad little Christmas tree.
But it was so easy to put up and the clean up will be just as nice.
Have your kids ever puked in your car?
Have you ever puked in the car?
Neither have ever happened to me, but I can see it in my future.
So tell me how to deal with it?
Well enough screaming ensure that it never happens again?