30 December 2017

Lay Around and Relax

Since Christmas was right at the beginning of our trip back to Nebraska, we had plenty of time afterward to have fun, spend time with family, and do almost anything but lay around and relax. There were cooking lessons...
"Make your own breakfast. Momma's on vacation!"
 ...church history site visits...
If I had to live in a log cabin that size, the kids would have to spend a lot of time outside.
 ...gingerbread houses galore...
It took all of Henry's willpower not to help himself to a bite or two.
 ...old college campus tours...
 ...visits to great-grandmas...
 ...fancier than normal hair styling...
 ...and cousins, cousins...
...and more cousins!
My sister, Jenny, took us to Lost in Fun, an indoor playground for kids (and adults who are children at heart) and everyone had a blast!
Getting eaten up by the ball pit.
 They climbed and ran and bounced until they were exhausted.
And, because they weigh practically nothing, they can get some awesome hang time.
Kaylee about floated away!
And, when you're with a bunch of your cousins and you have access to a tornado slide, what do you do? You make a cousin train to go down together!

We also went to a rock climbing wall to let the girls experience the thrill of climbing. Kate made it about halfway up before she got scared and came down...
 Claire also made it halfway before her knees started trembling and she asked to get down.
This kitty cat Claire prefers climbing trees.
However, much to everyone's surprise, Evelyn was the first to make it to the top (which is quite the accomplishment since she inherited my healthy fear of heights)!
She gave her modest smile (the one she tries to suppress when she's proud of herself but still feels shy about it), gave high fives all around, and said she realized she could do hard things if she convinced herself that she could. Way to go, Evelyn!
Jack also scrambled up, choosing one of the hardest sections...
...and not to be outdone, I also hauled myself to the top.

At the end of it all, we were all weary.
And so, it was time to go.
Claire lost two front teeth right before Christmas and Zoey cut in her first two!
We loaded up, said goodbye, battled freezing mist, slick roads, snow, idiot drivers (several of whom ended up sliding off the road)...
Glorious napping while traveling!
...to make it home safe and sound and welcomed home by a burst water pipe in our garage.
Can't wait to see that water bill.
Thankfully Jack is handy and temporarily patched it with a roll of Rescue Tape and we called it good until we can find a more permanent solution.

It's a hard knock life Rehomesteaders life.
Despite being welcomed home to a flooded garage, the animals were all healthy (including Cotton, who was nesting behind an air conditioning unit), the house was intact, and we were eventually able to warm up enough to fall alseep before the kids woke up and we started it all over again.
She even left us an egg!
 It's back to work but are we glad we're home sweet home?
You betcha!

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