Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Party: Part 3 of 3

The morning after the party we hit the road around 9:30am. Here is a picture of the town as we were leaving.We decided to take a different way home and make a fun road trip out of it. We were driving along the Columbia river and needed to get to the other side when we saw a sign for a free ferry ride up ahead. So we decided to check it out and go for a ferry ride. This ferry was small and we were first in line with two cars behind us. We sat and watched the ferry bring a few cars to our side and then we got to load onto the ferry.We let Lulu get out of her car seat and sit up front while Mark drove onto the boat. Lulu was so excited about going for a ride on a boat.Even Levi got to get out and enjoy the 10min ride.This is what our van looked liked after driving over the mountains and in the snow. Here we are getting ready for the boat to take off. The boats captain came down and said hello to us and asked us where we had been since our van was so dirty.....LOL.After our fun ferry ride we drove over a small mountain pass and stopped to see the Grand Coulee Dam. A few facts about the dam: it's the largest concrete structure in the US, it's a hydroelectric dam giving power to most of the Northwest and it's the 3rd largest hydroelectric dam in the world. It was so cold and the wind was blowing. We really wanted to take pictures, so we bundled up the kids in their wool blankets and quickly took the pictures and jumped back into the van. This was Levi's first really cold moment.....look at that red little nose.On our way home we were able to drive through some really cute towns. Here we stopped and I nursed Levi in the parking lot of this church. How beautiful is this? It just makes me want to attend a service here to see what the inside looks like. One thing we noticed on our trip is that in theses small towns the churches are so beautiful and well taken care of. We were talking about how it's too bad that people don't build like this anymore.Before we had to go back over the pass we made one last stop for dinner. We wanted to do something quick and easy so we could keep driving while the kids slept. We decided on a burger. Mark said the first burger place we see we are going to.......and then this is the first place we saw, can you say meant to be? Lulu was still awake and asked if we were actually going to eat that burger on the roof. No, not going to eat the burger on the roof but the size of the burgers they served us were just about that size. They were so good and HUGE! That gave us the fuel we needed to make it the next few hours until we got home. This trip was truly a blessing. We just moved and needed a vacation from all the packing and unpacking. We had so much fun and will look back on this trip with great memories. Mark and I had so much time and were able to talk and share how we see God working in our life. Time like this with our family is so precious.

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18


Andrea said...

Glad you guys had a great time.
Blessings and hugs,

Christine said...

Wow, Levi looks so cute in the picture with you.
It must have been cold. All I saw of Lulu is her cute little face.

Good memories that's for sure!

Love Ya, MOM