July 28, 2013

North Dakota or bust!

We started our journey to North Dakota a little later than planned, due to a nasty flu bug that went through our home right before we were scheduled to leave :(  Luckily Sawyer and Laurel never got sick but Bennett, Erik, and I had a rough few days.  We left on a Wednesday evening and drove to Butte, Montana that first night.  Erik set up our tent in the middle of the night and we got a few hours of sleep there before we packed up to leave again Thursday morning.

Sawyer's first morning waking up in a tent!!!  I think he liked it! 
Daddy was still tired :)

The campsite in Butte on Thursday morning.

Bennett helping Daddy pack up camp.

A yummy breakfast of berries!

Now that I have a new phone that takes great pictures, I have started realizing that I don't use my real camera as much anymore... I need to learn how to upload pics from my phone onto my computer.  Anyway, from that morning in Butte (Thursday morning) I don't have any pictures on my camera until the wedding reception on Saturday night! How sad!  This is a funny pic of Bennett at the reception... he's looking a little disheveled after his afternoon of being angry because his nap was cut short!  He finally cheered up after he got to eat 15 chocolate peanut butter cups at the reception :) :) :)

Telling stories to Great-Grandpa Allan.
I brought nice socks for him to wear at the wedding...but... mama screwed up and left them back at the Knutson home when we packed and headed over to the Draxton barn for the wedding... oops!  White socks in all the pics!!!!!  lol.  Oh well, just another memory :)

We had a relaxing day at the Knutson home in Hatton, ND all day on Sunday after the wedding, before we headed for home again on Monday.  

Sawyer was so happy hanging out with Uncle Anders!!! (Bennett was too I might add!)

Cousin Kari!

Bennett looking at "Awkward Family Pet Photos" with Uncle Anders, and Sawyer sitting with Aunt Marta.

I think they're related!

We decided to stay in a hotel in Billings on the way home, luckily there was a pool at the hotel we picked, because Bennett LOVES jumping into the water and into Daddy's arms!!!

Some lady at the pool asked if we wanted a picture of all of us, we said sure! :)
Too bad the boys didn't cooperate!
I was soaked from getting splashed by people coming down the waterslide.

Bennett making his bed in the drawer in the hotel room ;)

On the home-stretch! Billings to Chewelah, day seven of our vacation!  
Bennett enjoying his breakfast platter from McDonald's :)

The boys EXCEEDED our expectations on how they would do with traveling so far & so long in their car seats... four days on the road total... we were pleasantly surprised!  With me as the entertainer in the backseat for the boys and Erik as the driver, we made a good team :)  

It was so wonderful to be able to be there for Abby & Nate's special day... what a beautiful wedding it was, and we are so happy to have another new brother-in-law!!!  
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Weller!!!!!!!  
We love you both so very much!

Oh, p.s. Sawyer got his first tooth in on the day of the wedding!!! July 20th, just under 5 months old!  One of the bottom front teeth, and the other one is just visible under the skin so it will be any day now for that one to break through!  What a big boy :)

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