Friday, August 30, 2013

Ohio Trip-Day 1 & 2

Remember how Shawn surprised me with a trip to Ohio to visit my sister?!! We immediately started looking at dates when we could go and tickets online. Turned out, July 24th-29th was when we could go. We packed up and headed to Tooele to leave our kids with my parents. Then, my dad drove us to the airport. So weird to leave the kids for that long AND to go on an airplane! I haven't been on an plane since my Europe trip in 2008 and that was without Shawn. So this was pretty cool to go just us...we called it celebrating our anniversary too.
SLC Airport
We had a layover in Dallas and then got to Cleveland at like 11:30 pm (their time...it was still 9:30 our time). Mandy was so nice to come 2 hours to pick us up. When we got back to their place, Nate even waited up for us. So we talked a little and then went to bed. They cleaned out the spiders in their basement and we had the whole floor to ourselves (well, we slept on an air mattress). They offered us Logan's room but the basement was totally fine...and cooler. Shawn liked that.
We didn't have to get up super early to go to the Football Hall of Fame and slept in a little. It's in Canton (where Mandy and Nate live) so it was about a 10 minute drive. Mandy was nice enough to let us take her car. It was actually Hall of Fame week the next week so it was busier than normal, but not super crazy. They were redoing the parking lot so we had to park farther away and take a shuttle to the building. Shawn went here with his family when he was like 12. Needless to say, it's way different now! I really didn't know what I was in for! It was really fun (at first). The first gallery was all the award winning photos. Love that! Then, the next 2 exhibits were of the history and progression of football. That was pretty interesting.
I'm going in with the big boys!
Nice nose guard

He is a 49ers fan, of course!
Yes, I wore my touch down shirt on purpose. :)
After these two rooms I thought that was about it. Nope! There were more rooms and exhibits and videos. I think I'm all footballed out and football season is just starting! Oh dear.
There were more rooms with gear and the Hall of Fame busts. I would look at all I wanted to look at and then sit and wait. I honestly didn't care waiting. Shawn didn't look at everything but almost.
Steve Young bust
 Then we went to the Super Bowl section and saw the trophy. My favorite part was going into the 360 theater. They played highlights of the last Super Bowl, which was the 49ers against the Ravens. It was fun seeing my old roommate's brother, Dennis Pitta, on there and the famous lights out. It was fun hearing the comments on the field. Loved that! The seats swerved around from one screen to another. That's why it's the 360 theater.
Holy bling on some of these rings!
 There was even a crazy fan section.
Mandy told us that they have an area where you can throw footballs and stuff. We just saw video games to play and calls you can make. There was an area they were renovating so that might've been where that was. Then, we went to the gift shop and bought Easton a signed Steve Young card/plaque and left. I actually thought it would take us all afternoon but we were only there a few hours. I'm just a wimp I guess. :)
Since we were back early and changed up some of our plans for the week, we decided to go to The Melt (we were going to go a different night). The Melt was featured on Diner, Drive-ins and Dives. Mandy went there before and it looked amazing so I told her we for sure had to go there when we came. Nate had class that night but ditched class to come. We had to wait a little bit even though we got there at 5:00 on a Thursday. The staff was all decked out in Christmas attire. They were having a Christmas in July theme so it was more crowded. But it was worth it! Holy cow! My grilled cheese sandwich was HUGE! And deep-fried. Sinful. It tasted almost like french toast. Shawn got a Parmesan chicken sandwich. We each took the whole other half of our sandwiches home for a second meal.
Each customer got a name that was supposedly Christmas theme while you wait. I don't know what Tower City has to do with Christmas.

 Shawn was bonding with Logan. I don't think Logan thought of it as bonding with that look on his face.
 See the Christmas decor in the back?
Mandy was trying to eat her sandwich without making a mess.
Cute Logan is like Houdini in those child seats. Anything with just a lap buckle he can get out of. So towards the end of dinner he had had enough and was on the table!
We came home and rented a movie, "Jack Reacher". Pretty good.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Girls Camp Kickoff!

I was SO excited to get called as the Girls Camp Assistant!! I mean, what could be better than to go to girls camp and not be in charge of it?!! I just did what I was told and get to be with all these fun girls and leaders. I was SO happy!!
I guess they do a camp kickoff activity and the girls have been wanting to do more high adventure stuff like the boys. So we were able to go river rafting down the Provo River. It wasn't white water at all but it was a fun experience for the girls and bonding time. I hadn't been around the girls much so I was really excited but had to find someone to watch my kids for like 6 hours. Luckily, coop came through and it worked out!
Yes, we had 44 girls go to camp, plus leaders and a few priesthood brothers. Can you see me? I'm on the right side-ish with an orange hat.
 We look good in our stinky life jackets. Tracie always looks good!
 Loading up the bus! We filled it up!
 The splashing got pretty intense at times. I was glad I had my phone water proofed.
 If you went in the water up to your chin you got into the Polar Bear Club. There will be something for you at camp later if you did it. Did I do it? Heck yes I did!

 They call this "The Rock". It's a little deeper there so you can jump out. This is one of the leaders, Melody. Did I do this? Nope.
This got me SO excited for camp and to be with the girls! I can't wait!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Time at Scheels!

Every time I pass Scheels I think we need to go there. So that was one of the many things on my "To Do" list this summer. I asked my friend, Heather, if she wanted to join us. She has already been there so she could help us out. First up, the ferris wheel! Heather is pregnant and couldn't go, but I was able to take the littlest ones with me (Sadie and Pryson) and Brinley could take the older ones (Cambree and Korver). Easton and Trayden can't go on it so they stayed with Heather. Besides Korver not wanting to ride with Brinley at first, it worked out great! While we were in line, there was lots of playing on the escalators. I'm sure the workers loved having 6 kids playing on those...
Cambree wanted a picture with the Cowboy aka Ronald Regan. She has a thing for cowboys. She LOVES Scotty McCreery from American Idol.
 The aquarium arch was cool.
 Sadie was super excited to ride the ferris wheel!
 Here we go!! I love how scared Cambree looks. She really was silently freaking out. She said she hated when it would stop and go. Especially at the top. I really don't like that part either.
 The shooting gallery that rips you off. I will hopefully remember that next time.
 This was NOT a happy moment at Scheels. Sadie REALLY wanted to be in the driver's seat and SOMEONE wasn't letting her.
 I love this pic!
 This was a fun idea but kind of faulty in the execution. You hold these cardboard shapes and on the screen they are different fish. But it didn't work so well.
And that was that! We wanted some fudge too but we had to leave for something. Maybe next time. And I was excited that they had these floaties that I've been wanting for Easton. Costco was out of them and I didn't know where to get them. Scheels is the place! Even though I paid more for them...