This has to be the fastest week of the year, every single year it seems to speed up and go by faster.
Andrew had to travel to Texas for work on Sunday. There's been a lot of travel lately in our house. Monday we had a quiet day at home. Tuesday we hit the bounce park thinking Eva would love it. Heidi and the boys and Reid came with too. The little's weren't too fond of the bounce park. Reid warmed up to it about half way through. Eva wasn't a fan. She cried really hard and it was just too much for her. She was overwhelmed and just wanted to watch her monster's movie on my phone. The big kids still had a good time though and we watched them bounce.
Wednesday we packed up and headed to the farm to see Nana and Papa. Benjamin had an internship interview at Energy Northwest so he and Tim came down that evening. The interview went well and we will just have to wait and see what happens later this month.
Eva loved the cows and the farm. She kept pointing at the cows and saying "moooo!" Maddie tried to get her to ride on the RTV with her but she wasn't having it. She liked sitting on the non moving tractors just fine.
Thursday Tim kept the kiddos and put new tires on the suburban. Barb, Mom, Esther and I met Uncle Bob and Aunt Sue at the outlet mall to do a little shopping. It was rainy in the morning but turned out to be a sunny nice day. We had a good time getting a few deals and catching up with each other.
Friday morning we woke up to crazy windy weather. Tim, Benjamin and I were staying at Madeleine's house and a little after 7 the power went out. We went over to Mom and Dad's and tried to figure out what to do. As we were sitting watching it storm and blow and rain one of the trees on the bank started to sway. Then the roots lifted up once, twice, and then it fell over. It was a 30 foot tree and it went down so fast it was super scary. I had just enough time to see it and say, "oh my gosh that tree is going to fall." It was so unsettling. Dad and Ben started moving cars out of the shed as there's trees surrounding it. We decided to run down the hill to McDonald's. We stopped by Madeleine's to offer to grab breakfast for her and she told us the road down the hill was blocked.
We took off to go see and there were 6 different trees down in different places. What normally would have taken us 7 minutes to get down the hill took us 40. Unlucky for us there was a trainee at McDonald's and it was excruciatingly slow service. It took us an hour and a half to get down the hill and back by the time we had to take all the detours and turn around and come back.
We decided when we were using a bucket to flush the toilet that it was time to move on to the next destination. Mimi doesn't do no power situations. We loaded up our circus sans showers and headed for Vancouver. This was an adventure as well because traffic was a nightmare. Pam and John's house was full there too as Susanna, the kids and her parents were visiting, but we said we'd sleep anywhere for one night.
The kids had fun hanging out with the cousins and playing. We had a nice visit but it was a busy trip and by Saturday afternoon we were ready to load up and come home.
We are gearing up for the week back at school. It'll be a busy one as Maddie gets ready to head to a camp this week and the kids are starting back to work. I will begin the countdown to summer. Let those weeks fly by as fast as this past one did please and thank you.