Well I finally finished Breaking Dawn last night! Finally! I take a long time to read books. I am a slow reader and I only read after Liam has gone to bed and after any other tasks are done around the house or whatever... And I don't stay up past midnight much anymore. So this book took me a little over a week. Molasses compared to everyone else I know that read it in 24 hours. I loved the story. I think Stephenie Meyer did an awesome job on this one. Other than Bella's naming conventions, she finally had it together in this book! Finally!
Anyway, I didn't report our trip to Idaho yet. It's been over a week since we got back so here goes... We had a nice stay with Katie and Josh. Alli was out of town with friends, so we missed her, but Isaac, Jacob and Liam had a blast together! Liam was particularly fascinated with Jacob. I am not sure if it's because he has another favorite friend named Jacob in our neighborhood or if it was because Katie's Jacob was such a patient and loving "big brother" to him while we were there. I didn't have to worry about Liam at all during our stay. Jacob seemed to have it covered. All I had to do was change diapers and bathe him.
I really enjoyed the twins during this visit. I haven't had that connection with them since they were babies and living across the street from us. Every time we've gone up to visit, they were at a stage where they took a bit to warm up to "strangers" and the time we had was so short. This time, I just couldn't get enough of those sweet 4 year olds! They were sooo adorable and thoughtful and smiley. Katie is one lucky mama! I know she is happy to have them in the 4 year old stage. We had a few conversations about the 2 and 3 year old stages and how difficult it can be. I look forward to the day Liam gets better control of himself. I am enjoying him the best I know how for now. He can be a total sweetheart, but he can also be a defiant monster. Good thing I love him so so much! And good thing I have Ian to offset the times when I do lose my cool.
Back to the Idaho fun... Saturday night we went to the fair and rodeo. Liam held tight to Jacob's hand most of the evening. The three boys played in the rocks for awhile before the rodeo and then they all did pretty well sitting in the stands eating junk and watching all the animals and cowboys.
We sat with Katie's family at the rodeo. It was fun to watch Jayci. I think I had my eyes on her more than the rodeo. Just a sweet little baby girl she is! Kari was so nice to let me hold her and take photos of her darling face.
Katie, Kari, Judy and I went and stood in the Elephant Ear line for awhile before the rodeo ended. Once we got those massive scones back to the stands, and even with the guys' help... Nobody could finish their Elephant Ear. They were just so BIG! I think all of us had our fair share of too much fried fair food that night, so we just couldn't pack away any more grease. It was all so yummy though!
Overall, we had a nice weekend. Katie took me out to lunch on Monday before we left town. She was so sweet to see I was a little stressed with Liam's grumpiness while our men were out golfing that morning. She called a sitter and we took off - alone! Sweet peace! Thank you, Katie. It was so nice to spend some alone time with you.
Oh I guess I should report that Ian's first 24 hours in Idaho were not fun ones. He had something irritating his eye and had to go to the ER a couple times and then to an Ophthalmologist Saturday afternoon. He was just miserable for a bit there... We were all glad that the doctors could help him so he could still join us at the fair and rodeo Saturday night.