CO to CA to CO

Okay, I have some energy now. I just got back on Wednesday from a road trip to California to bring my family here to stay. I was excited to leave the state and see something different for a change but this trip was far from stress free.

My Dad and I headed out early afternoon on Saturday and made it to Las Vegas. Spent the night there and then headed out to California. We made it out there in time to meet up with my brother, my sister in law, my 4 yr old niece, and my Nanny (grandma on my Dad's side). There was confusion with my brother's moving truck because it was too small so we had to stay another night in order to get a bigger truck. With the holiday going on many of the truck places were closed like Penske and U-Haul. We just spent that day packing and getting things situated. Had a little time to eat In N Out (I missed it so much!) and see the beach. So we found another hotel and passed out. The next day we got the truck situation under control, packed it up, packed my Nanny up and we rolled out to go back to Colorado. By the time we got on the road it was about 11pm so we drove a bit and quickly found another hotel to stay in. We got to Barstow and had to call it a night. The next day we got up bright and early and made it to Utah, passed out, and called it a night. The following day we did the same and finally made it to Colorado.

I got to see two of my nephews I had not seen for years. They've grown up so much and they have the biggest eyes in the world. I met all of my new family members on my sister in law's side. I haven't seen my niece since she was a year old so now I get to see how much of a character she is. She's smart, loving, and I'm going to learn a lot from her little 4 year old butt. It's not a big surprise since my brother and sister are loving as well, like newlyweds. It was interesting going on a road trip with my Dad but it's true what they say, your parents seem to get wiser the older you get. ;)

I've never been so happy to be home and equally happy to have gone on a mini vacation in my life. I still can't believe it's real. I hope you had a great fourth of july. Even though I didn't focus on fireworks and all the usual stuff I usually focus on, I had an awesome time.

I never thought I would be able to say, "I'm going to my brother's house" or "I'm babysitting my niece" or "I'm going to see my Nanny". I moved out here in 1993 with my parents and that's how I thought it would be forever.

Anything's possible.

(I took 268 pictures but here are the highlights.)

Knitting - This was the first time I took a knitting project on the road and I'm so glad I did. Even though there were beautiful things to see on this trip, I would have gone out of my mind if I didn't have anything to do in the car. So I worked on my Skully, messed up three times because I got binding off and decreasing mixed up, and finally got it right so the front is done. Now I'm working on the back. My Nanny needs a purse so I'm making her a Marsupial Tote from my SNB in two shades of purple.