We decided to leave after I got off work because Harvey sleeps so good at night and we thought it would make life easier for everyone. It did I think. We made it home in 14 hrs which is pretty impressive because it usually takes us 13. Well done Harvey. The highlight of the trip home was probably when Tanner learned that Tracy Chapman isn't a white male.
|Vienna is just one month older|
|A perfect gift from cousin Adi :)|
The mastermind and the teams...
|All worn out. (His prize was that bunny)|
Sunday was Easter and included blessing, Niederhauser Easter party and Burningham Easter party. Busy day. But perfect day! It was the most glorious weather. Harvey did awesome during the blessing and just about all day. Tanner gave him a really perfect blessing. It was great to see family and friends who came to support us that morning and for the brunch after.
|The growing bunch of Stoddard grandkids|
|Harvey's eggs were baby blue|
|This is the best pic you get of 7 crazy kids|
We had the Burningham party after which I failed to take pictures of. But more egg hunting (and more moola for Harv's piggy bank!) and more food, family and fun.
That night Tanner took Harvey for his first Corvette ride. Pretty sure he loved it :)
The next day was the last really nice day that we had and so we joined Tanner and Carson for a little golfing.
The last couple days we were there we hung out with Nat and family up in Mtn Green, had dinner with some friends that we hadn't seen since we moved here, saw my family again and a couple of my friends...
went to Carson's baseball game...(Berrie and Harv were all smiles until Harvey pooped all over Berrie. Oops...sorry!)
and introduced Harvey to my last living grandparent - Grandma Stoddard. She's been in a care center for a long time and really hasn't known who any of us are for about all that time too. She actually perked up a little when we showed her Harvey. She hadn't moved much until I set him on her lap and she actually made a big move (for her) to try and hold him. I had a little moment realizing that was probably the last time I'll see her in this life. It will be a lot more fun to see her in the next one though, because she'll be the grandma I remember again.
He also had his first trip to Rio Grande - a Niederhauser favorite. He was being pretty cute there.
But cute comes pretty naturally to him...
This was a tough trip to come home from. It feels different with a kid. We want him to have a good relationship with his grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles like Tanner and I both did growing up. It was definitely a motivator to get stuff done here as soon as we can! It will still probably be a year and a half at least, but hopefully no more than that! The actual driving trip home was tough too! Rozzi had diarrhea so we stopped every time she acted like she might need to go out (even though often she wouldn't do anything), we almost died hitting a moose, we were SUPER tired because we left at night again but were more sleep deprived after that week, so we stopped to sleep for an hr once, and Harvey STRUGGLED. We had to pull off multiple random exits to try and calm him down. It pretty much sucked. Longest trip ever. It took us over 17 hrs. Yuck. Even though I just said how hard it was to leave, that part of the trip made me happy it'll be awhile before we have to make that drive again! We're so grateful we made it safe, though, and so grateful we had the chance to go home and for our awesome family and friends!