Erik left for a three day trip on Monday morning...
well, practically Sunday night because it was such an early wake-up time for him...
Anyway, when I looked at his schedule in more detail on Monday I saw that he was going to have an 18 hour overnight in Pasco, Washington starting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday... sooooo...... I say to Shelby, "Hey, i'm thinking of doing something crazy." She says to me, "Tell me something I didn't know.". LOL JK she didn't say that. She said "What?!", and I said, "I think we should pack up the boys tomorrow morning and drive to Pasco and surprise Erik!!!!!!"... Of course Shelby was up for the adventure :) So we started packing!
Pasco is only a three hour drive from Chewelah, and considering Bennett and Sawyer hardly EVER have to ride in their car seats anymore, I figured they would enjoy a road trip, and I also figured Erik would be so happy to see us in Pasco when he expected to be alone in his hotel room all day.
The drive went great! We only stopped once because I had to get gas, and there was a McDonald's at the gas station so we got a Shamrock Shake for the boys. I had some too... it was my first Shamrock Shake!!!
The drive to Pasco is beautiful in it's own way, it is mostly a desert,
but the rolling fields and sunshine make for a gorgeous landscape.
The boys were well entertained by Auntie Shelby on the drive...
I most likely would NOT have done this spontaneous trip if I didn't have anyone with me to take care of the boys in the back.
Anyway, we rolled into Pasco just before 11 a.m., and Erik was already at his hotel room so on the phone with him we were just talking casually and then I said, "Oh hey, can you tell me what your room number is at the hotel"..... Of course he was like... "Um... yeah, just a second... 2229... WHY?!!!!" LOL!!!!!!
So I told him, "WE ARE OUTSIDE YOUR HOTEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
He was really happy to see his little boys running around outside in the parking lot when he came out to greet us... and the boys both RAN over to give him a big hug when they saw him :)
And after the three boys all passed out for an afternoon nap after swimming, Shelby and I took advantage of being in wine country!
This is at the Gordon Estate vineyard north of Pasco about 10 miles.
And this is at their tasting room in Pasco.
Lastly a picture of Sawyer being a little stinker in the hotel room ;)
The drive home went great yesterday, we got home by 1:30 in the afternoon and Erik got home a couple hours after that, and now he is off for a WEEK! And Shelby is here a couple more days until Saturday.... me and the boys do NOT want her to leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is the biggest help for me, and the boys love her so so so very much... Sisters/Aunties are the BEST!