Last week we decided to head to Boise for a few days to see Ben's family.
It was our first long car ride with all 5 kids, and it was also stormy. We were nervous.
We were pretty lucky though, and the drive went really well!
We packed a lot in and had a great time!
We headed out Monday, after Mary's tumbling and cheer practices, and got there late Monday night.
Tuesday, Ben went to lunch with his best friend, Doug, and then he and his brothers and dad went to dinner.
During that time, we took the kids to a trampoline place, where they had a blast!
The kids always look forward to playing with their cousins when we go to Boise, and their cousins joined us at the trampoline place. They all went full speed ahead for 2 hours.
The next day we went to the Discovery Center. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures, but the kids had a lot of fun with their cousins, exploring all sorts of things like a giant bubble, a bed of needles, making rocks, using a real weather station, and so on.
Both days started out with a breakfast fit for a king. Ben calls them "cowboy breakfasts." Grandpa Lonnie can make some amazing breakfasts.
That evening was New Year's Eve. Grandpa Lonnie pulled out all sorts of "musical instruments" and let the kids go at it, until all of our ears were ringing, and no one could think straight. We had guitars, a microphone, a cow bell, pots, pans, and harmonicas. The kids LOVED it!
After the "concert" "Uncle Dan had the idea to pull out some slides and watch them. It was so neat to see Ben's life as a kid, through pictures. All of those Maynard boys were adorable, and I could absolutely see so many features that have been passed down to my own children. It was really neat and sentimental for Ben to see those pictures.
I was able to get to the gym that day, and hit up Target and Hobby Lobby, so I was happy as a clam.
We said goodbye to 2014 and were sound asleep as 2015 rolled around.
It was so fun to watch the kids make memories and have so much fun with their cousins and grandparents. We could hear them staying up late giggling, daring each other to pull teeth out, watching silly youtube videos, telling stories, playing hide and seek, and doing the things kids do.
It means so much to Ben and I that our kids get to know their family, and the roots they come from. A lot of who I am, and what I believe was shaped by visits with my cousins and family, just like this one. We feel so blessed that our kids will have this experience.
Family is everything.