Ya, friends, back from Missoula MT. Almost exactly a week there. There was a Stenerson family mini-reunion picnic that was the main impetus for the trip, and that was a cool thing, but the absolute best thing, in Echo’s evaluation, was hang time with her cousins. There is definitely some hero-worship of Cousin Ruby going on.
The beautiful and cultural Hawthorne Suites
Heavy artillery against post-breakfast spazziness: movies on the iPhone. Or, to be more specific, 20-minute TV shows. Seriously, though, you will be humming Backyardigans tunes to yourself for a day or two after watching one of these.
The real star of vacation — the hotel pool.
All the kids agreed, they loved, loved LOVED the hotel. Ice on demand! Elevators and stairs! Vending machines at the ends of the halls! And most importantly … the hotel pool. It was a salt-water system, much easier on the eyes than chlorine. Echo’s ability to just jump in the water increased a hundredfold on this trip: no fussing about water in the nose, water in the eyes. Ruby and Zane are great swimmers. The kids were in the pool a minimum of twice a day, every day.
We also spent a day on Flathead Lake and one on the Bitterroot River, but – maybe because we were all in the water — no pictures of those outings.
I’m preoccupied right now. In about three hours, I will be sitting in a dentist chair — hopefully, profoundly stoned — getting ready to have 2 wisdom teeth extracted. One of the 2 has an extra root, of all things, and I am very much not looking forward to this. Heavy sigh. Wish me well …