A little over a week after we got home from our camping trip to Grand and Bryce Canyon, we got back in the van for another road trip, this time to Washington. We do this trip every summer so we've gotten pretty good at it. Now that Becca, my sister, lives in Idaho, it's a nice, nearly half way, stopping point to rest. We packed all three kindles, the mp3 player and 2 dvd players, plus we listened to 2 audio books: Shannon Hales, Princess Academy Palace of Stone and on the way home we listened to Holes. And I know I've said this before, but my absolute favorite time to drive is early in the morning. We often leave around 3am and it's dark, quiet, the roads are clear and it's cool outside so we don't have to run the AC, no traffic and the kids are restful.
All of the out-of-towner Grazzini family members stayed at an awesome hotel in Richland that was perfect for this kind of thing. We had lots of large gathering places to hang out; there was the pool, the pool table and ping pong table in the billiard room, the theater room which just had a big tv and lots of couches, and we rented a large room in the hotel for a day which had a large kitchen, table and couches to sit.
I was so happy that Stephany was able to join us from Mexico! She came to visit about 5 years ago, she stayed with my parents for a few months and came to visit us in Utah for a couple of weeks, and we just love her dearly. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints during that first visit and she's active and even stronger now than she was then!
Saturday was mostly hanging out at the pool, eating and visiting and my sisters, mom, aunt, Stephany and I went for a walk in the evening. Sunday morning we all ate breakfast together and then some of us went to church and afterwards we met at aunt Jolene's house for lunch and a talent show.
Before the talent show while the kids were practicing, Elisabeth brought out a duet she recently got from her teacher and we asked Cait (my cousins daughter) if she'd try and sight read the other part of the duet just for fun. It's a fun song and they played it well.
Here is my mom with her siblings. They are in age order, oldest to youngest from left to right. My mom is the oldest then Nello, Fred, Charmaine, Jolene and Jill.