Friday, July 9, 2010

Utah trip 2010 - day one

Made it to Medicine Bow Wyoming with relatively minimum incidents. 
We had planned on leaving Thursday after Jacob got home from school, but I forgot to wake him up for the bus, so called the school to say he was late, and oh, by the way, could he miss the last day and still receive credit?  Yes he will.  So.  Frantic moments ensued for me.  I had planned on six hours to get ready, not only had three.   We still had to wait for Allison to get home at noon.

The mean Mom erupted this morning due to stress, but we got all packed with lunch eaten and out the door by 12:45. 

On 35W, driving south to Des Moines, we passed a huge convoy of army trucks and vehicles that were driving  under the speed limit causing a bit of a traffic slow down.  The boys loved to see these in action and it did make for something interesting to look at.

We stayed at the Ramada Tropics in DM, which has a small water park.  The kids and I played around for a couple of hours, went back to the room, drove over to Wendy’s to get our dinner, then waited for Dad to get there. 

After Justin made it (about 7:30), we went out to eat at Famous Dave’s.  We had eaten at one before in Duluth and I remember not being overly impressed.  Same reaction this time around.  Justin got some wings and opted for the Devils spit sauce.  He said that at first they weren’t hot, but it was later that he started sweating. 

Back at the hotel, I noticed fireflies!!!  I was so excited to show the kids.  We spend a few minutes watching them as they made lazy flashes of light in a field. 

Ammon said  he had a headache, and I noticed as I was tucking him in that he felt warm.  Yep.  Definitely a fever; no thermometer required.  Justin offered to run to the store for medicine, but he fell asleep. 

I was having a hard time falling asleep, so Justin turned off the alarm (had been set to six am).  Well, I woke up at 6 regardless.  Ammon woke up soon after and was really hot, sat in front of the toilet awhile and seemed genuinely miserable.  Justin drove to Dahls store and had to wait for them to open at seven.  He bought Sprite, soda crackers, and Ibuprofen.  I worried over how the day was going to pan out with an eleven hour drive with four kids, one of which sick with possible vomiting.  Blech.  

Sad hugs and kisses gooddbye to Justin.  He’s a good man.

Oh yeah, the check engine light came on before I even left the hotel parking lot.  
There must have been an old fashioned car show going on because we was dozens of cool old cars driving into Des Moines as we were leaving that morning.  Jacob loved it.

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