As I told you, Scott and I took our circus out West last week to see the family. We had a wonderful time. The weather was awesome and we were so blessed to get to spend a lot of time with Susie and Larry and Anessa and her family. The girls actually did really well on the airplane. Although the flight out was doomed with night-time Rachel and the DVD player losing battery power half-way there. ("Watch Elmo!!") We made it though and just enjoyed the time to relax.
Elizabeth started saying "Gam-maw" at just the right time to get whatever she wanted out of Susie! Her favorite thing to do was to point out the mountains along the amazing view from their back porch. Rachel enjoyed their open living space and commenced to "inspect" all there was to see.
Scott and I went on two dates during our trip (I KNOW! IT WAS WONDERFUL!). We went to the M (a new casino near their house) and played some games and had a great lunch at The Huddle House. Our last night there, we went down to Green Valley for a couple hours after putting Rachel down and leaving Elizabeth on the couch with her Grandma. Susie was so excited to have some special Grammy time with her little girl. And did they ever have a time! They watched Little house on the Prairie. They ate goldfish. They drank egg-nog. And then my daughter started her melt-down. When we got back, she had been crying for about 10 minutes- just beyond the point of tired. We rocked and went right to bed and she was out cold. I don't think slumber parties are in our future any time soon!
We had our early Christmas with the whole crew (Rachel was down for a nap when we took this picture) and said tearful goodbyes. All-in-all, it was a wonderful trip and no one was happier to see us come home than Tina and Butchy...who camped out all four days. ha!