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August 19, 2007

Idaho…no, you da ho

Filed under: carmen, family, knitting, me, projects — Jana @ 8:18 pm

We just got back from our family reunion, and as always when we go on vacation, these blog entries are really really long. So only read this if you’ve got a few minutes.

When I last left you, we were in the middle of our road trip nightmare. Here is the picture of Carmen literally moments before she started doing the Technicolor yawn.

She was dancing so you can see why I might have been caught by surprise.
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I tossed the camera down and was scrambling for a bag. I didn’t think to take any pictures again until long into the Idaho trip.

We had an amazing time. We stayed at the Tamarack resort (my part of the agreement that if my husband is going to golf every single day, I sure as heck am going to have running water and electricity). Our cottage was only minutes from the campsite where the reunion was and at the end of the nights, we went home and washed off and climbed into a lovely king size bed. I never had to shiver or roast in a tent, dirty and uncomfortable, or had to find a flashlight to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Yet, I still got to enjoy the wonderful outdoors during the day, and as for stars…well we didn’t sleep under them…but we did sit in the cottage hot tub under them. Lets just say this is the only way to camp…in my opinion. I guess you may have already guessed I am not an outdoorsy person, I know, huge shock.

Here are some pictures of Carmen at the lake that was near the campsite. I know there are a lot but that’s because there were so many cute ones I couldn’t decide between them.

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This was one of my favorite places on the lake… it had all these cut off tree stumps sticking out of the water, and in the morning when it was foggy it looked eerie and beautiful. There were so many cool places to take pictures up there unfortunately for some reason or another this was the only location I got. But I thought of Wendy every time I saw a cool old weathered barn or some wind bleached wood, she would have had a hay day at all the photo ops.

The family auction that I have been talking about for months was a success. I think it’s my favorite part of the family reunion. It is full of family tradition and everyone’s talents get displayed. It is really fun… not to mention people throw down some serious cash. The beanies I knit went for 70 bucks a pop…can you believe that! I was actually a little sick to my stomach…they are relatively easy and inexpensive to make so when they went for so much I almost had a heart attack. The toy felt lunch bags I made a last year and the dishrags all went for at least 24 dollars each. I will keep in mind to make some more cute hats and stuff next year. I got some really adorable stuff at the auction, my favorite being this sign for my laundry room that my sisters-in-law Jenny and Mignon made.
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Besides all the driving, we had an awesome trip. We also got to cut about 7 hours out of our trip by flying home on this:
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This was the payback from Lee’s boss for the horrible road trip up. It was kind of fun flying in such a tiny plane. We ran into some turbulence which at one point made us all bump our heads on the ceiling. And I also was starting to feel a little air sick, but Carmen just said “Weeeee” the whole time and this was the view…

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Carl and Chantel were there to pick us up right on the tarmac, it was awesome. Having that much money wouldn’t be so bad, I think I could get used to it.

It was a great vacation and I had so much fun visiting mine and Lee’s family. Lee has such an awesome family. I feel really lucky to have married into a family with all cool, fun people.

Oh and in the hustle and bustle I wasn’t able to blog about this so Happy Anniversary Lee! (it was on the 9th) We have had 4 wonderful years together and I can’t wait to have millions more!

Lee and Jana



  1. Sure loved seeing you guys at the reunion. Carmie is growing up so fast. She’s so CUTE!! And as usual, the picture of you and Lee totally ROCKS!! You are such a striking couple!!

    Comment by Gwenny — August 19, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

  2. i want to see a real wedding pic… oh and the pics of carmen…so cute. and good thing she didn’t get sick on the way home. how would you go about airing out an airplane? hmm.. that would be interesting.

    Comment by lauren — August 20, 2007 @ 10:42 am

  3. So glad you’re home! I can’t wait to get back to hangin’ out with all our friends now that summer vacations are at an end.

    Comment by Chantel — August 20, 2007 @ 11:23 am

  4. Well sounds like the trip ended on a high note. That laundry sign is awesome – and those pics of Carmen are seriously cute. That lake looks gorgeous, I wanna go there! I don’t even mind camping in the dirt. We are actually going to be in Idaho in about 3 weeks at Brent’s grandparents farm… but nowhere that pretty. And what a way to end it all – on your own private plane. Not too shabby!

    Comment by Tami Nef — August 20, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

  5. It looks like you had so much fun. Way cute pictures of Carmen. Next auction can you sneak some stuff in for me?…Geez :)

    Comment by Linds — August 20, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

  6. Welcome back. Very nice pictures at a very beautiful location with a gorgeous little girl. Oh and yes I would have loved to be there…

    Sewing night?

    Comment by Wendy — August 20, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

  7. Welcome. Nice trip. Nice photos. Beautiful little girl.

    Comment by tony — August 20, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

  8. Looks like a blast. I love camping, but if I had a place like that to stay in, I would have jumped at the chance! I saw on the today show that they are calling that “glamping”.

    Comment by ali — August 21, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  9. it sounds like you had a great trip and those pictures of carmen are so cute!

    Comment by debbie — August 21, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

  10. It was great to see you guys. I hope that we can come for Thanksgiving. I’ll try to let you know asap.

    Comment by Reese — August 21, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

  11. The 311 concert was amazing!! It would have been so fun to have you guys there too. We’ll have meet there and hit a show or something some other time. I would be so fun to come down for Thankgiving too, but I kinda feel bad crashing with the whole herd. I do make a mean pie though. :)

    Comment by Melinda — August 27, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

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