Monday, August 24, 2015

4th of July

I wanted to make sure we got home from Idaho to spend the 4th with Ethan. We kept it fairly simple since Nixon is not quite old enough to appreciate all of the really cool fireworks. Luckily, sparklers were a hit.
Later that night, after we put Nixon down, Ethan and I went down near Carowinds (a theme park here) to see the firework show it puts on there. We were pretty impressed and agreed that if we're here next year, we'd definitely do that show again. I'm excited to pull out some bigger ones next year to play with!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bear Lake

After my parents dropped me off in Utah, I stayed with my best friend/old roommate Brennan and her family. We had a fairly low-key week, but decided to take a trip to Bear Lake. With 3 adults (Brennan's sister came with us) and 3 kids, we made the trek!
The day was beautiful, but the spot we went to wasn't ideal, in the sense that it was pretty muddy. Everything we brought was instantly covered. 

The kids didn't seem to mind it though, so they dug and played for a little bit, but then they went wild!

I spent more time trying to keep Nixon from drinking the water and staying out of the actual lake than enjoying our time there. He was ornery and whiney and it didn't take long before I was over it. It could have been worse, but it definitely could have been a lot better! Maybe next year when they're both a little older.
I'm hoping our next beach experience, coming up, with be a little bit better.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Snake bite

I debated posting about this because I didn't want people to think I was a mom who didn't watch my child. But I thought about it and told myself that I would be disappointed in myself if I didn't because this blog is my family's journal. Just like I would write about it in a private journal, I'm going to write about it on here. 

While we were in Idaho, we are at my brothers house. My nephew had been outside looking for a garden snake and had finally caught it. He decided to bring in the house to show everyone. All of the kids were touching it and holding it, and I thought it would be fun to get a picture of Nixon touching the snake at "The Farm." I was looking for my camera when all of I sudden I heard a scream followed by a cry. Nixon had gone to touch the snake, but unlike the other kids, he went straight in to grab the head. The snake quickly bit him twice before my dad was able to rip his hand away. He cried for  a couple minutes, but eventually was calm. It bled some, but it definitely made it look a lot worse than it was. On the second bite, my dad had pulled his hand away, so the fang had sliced the skin, which caused most of the bleeding. 
We got him cleaned up and everything was fine. I sent these pictures to Ethan, and he was quite concerned. To his defense, I had just sent him the picture and said, "Well Nixon just got bit by a snake. But he's ok. :)" Of course he wanted to know the kind of snake and how it happened. 

I swear this kid is going to give us a run for our money! I'm pretty sure he's had more happened in his 15 months of life than most kids his age. From chipped teeth to snake bites, we'll have all sorts of nicknames to pull from!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Saying goodbye

I swear, every time I say goodbye to my parents, it gets harder and harder to say goodbye. I love that I was able to spend as much time as I did. Seeing Nixon bonding with my parents and the rest of my family made my heart burst with happiness.

After St. George, my parents drove Nixon, Ethan and I back up to Utah. Ethan flew out of SLC and I was continuing on to Logan where I would spend the next week with my best friend Brennan and her family. The goodbye was heartbreaking. I sobbed, my dad sobbed, my mom sobbed, and all I could think of was how long it would be until Nixon would see his grandma and grandpa. It broke my heart. I would say the hardest part was seeing my dad goodbye to Nixon. They were the best of friends the whole trip and I could see how hard it was for him to say goodbye.

All I have to say is I am so grateful for modern technology that allows Nixon to see his grandma and grandpa in a box (through the computer screen)! Until next time Idaho..