This is our third...well, fourth major family trip of this year. We've made a trip to Florida, a trip to the farm in Huron, and a trip to Rapid City where J's folks live, and our final trip has been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming! (Maybe more about those other trips later)
Jackson is about an 18 hour drive, so we stayed over night with J's parents on our way out and plan to do so on our way back!
Some photos from the drive!
On our second day, we went on a three mile hike along Snake River. All the kids came and did really well. Scenery was beautiful, and ... we saw a moose!!!
Some rock-throwing was done
These two were taken right before the moose-sighting!
We got super close to this moose!
And that's a story in itself! We were down by a little branch of the river, admiring a beaver dam and some trout visible in the crystal-clear water. Then Hayley heard branches snapping and a grunt. She told Jeff and they tore up the little incline to the path ... where we saw this moose. Hayley began screaming and the moose started trotting through the woods. We thought it would be gone, but then it stopped and came over the barbed wire and up onto the path we were on! We kept our distance and assumed the moose would keep it's, but it started coming towards us! At one point some of us could have reached out and touched it, it was so close. It galloped up to the boys, and E did a "stop, drop, and roll" down into a ravine to get away from the moose!!! It was quite an adventure.
I was looking through some of our CDs and DVDS the other day looking for one in particular ... although I can't remember even what at this point. Anyway ... as I was thumbing through them I realized we have a bunch of children's music that hasn't been played in years. I played some of these CDs a lot when I only had three little kids ... but as those little kids got older and began selecting the music a lot of the time we had stopped listening to our Word & Song Bible CDs and Cedarmont Kids and so on. In fact, when Ezzie was two ... some of his most familiar music was by Matt Kearney. So ... determined to expose Ezzie and G to a some music geared towards littles ... I grabbed about 5 CDS to leave in the van.
A couple days later ... it was just me and G in the van driving to pick up the other kids. So I popped in a Bible Songs CD and after a few lines, G asked, "Mommy, do you know who is singing this song?"
"No, I'm not sure who it is," I answered.
He listened a little bit longer ... "I think ... I think it is Gunnar!" he said with a bit of wonder in his voice :)