My parents offered to bring me and the kids with them when they went to visit Shyanna in Sandpoint, Idaho for Mila’s baby blessing.  We drove there on July 18th and came home on the 21st.  I usually get carsick and wasn’t looking forward to the 9 1/2 hour drive, but some friends loaned us their Strive Today bracelets and they worked for us!  It was a long drive and I got a little yucky, but nothing like the last time we drove to Coeur d’Alene.  We drove through Missoula but the sky was so hazy from surrounding fires that it was hard to see the mountains and scenery.  Road construction added a little more time to our drive both there and back.  The top three pictures on the left hand corner show pictures from the drive there while we were in the car.  The rest are from Sunday evening when I went with dad and Danny on a drive to take a few pictures in the evening before we left.

0.driveresizedWe listened to a book on CD called “Peter and the Starcatchers” that helped pass the time.  It was really good and we all enjoyed listening to it.  There were a couple of slightly questionable parts that had us raising our eyebrows, but I don’t think the kids got the references, thank goodness haha!  We’re going to be sure and bring along more books on CD if we go on any other long drives.

We were so incredibly excited to see Shy and her little family, especially new little Mila!  She’s already 2 months old and this was our first time meeting her.  Mom and dad went right after she was born, so this was their second time with her.  She’s so beautiful, and I love how her little eyes just look right into your soul!


On Friday evening we drove over to Sandpoint a few miles away (Shy is actually in Ponderay) for dinner.  We ate at a little place called Spuds, where we ate… spuds, lol!  They had delicious baked potatoes and sandwiches, which we carried out to the deck in back and ate overlooking the marina.  It was a beautiful night and we all LOVED being able to see the boats and water below us.  Here are some random pictures from the ipod.





We spent a few hours at the beach on Saturday and everyone had such a great time!  (Well, everyone except my dad, who wasn’t feeling very well and spent a lot of time in the hotel 😦  We had just gotten there when a little marching band of crazies showed up to advertise for a show they were going to be performing later that evening.  The kids were much more interested in the water, but we had them come over to sit and watch for a few minutes while they were performing.  It was really random that we just happened to be there right as it was starting.  They came out to the water calling for everyone to come and watch.


Shy’s family goes down to the beach almost every evening, and we would probably do that too if we lived there!  I think it only took about 10 minutes (or even less!) to get there from her house.  We loved it!  The mountains were still hazy in the distance, but still looked beautiful in ombre shades of blue.



Mila’s blessing was on Sunday and Danny did such a great job in blessing her.  We all fell in love with her ward, and right after leaving the building my parents and I were talking about how great the speakers were.  We loved that everyone was so friendly; several people came to greet us at the doors and find out who we were visiting, another guy shook our hands and slipped some candy to us, and we joked that they even had two kinds of bread to choose from (one of them must have been for a gluten-free member).  We seriously loved their ward though!

We went to Shy’s apartment after the blessing and she had some of Danny’s family over for brunch with delicious banana chocolate chip muffins that Shy made, fresh watermelon and blueberries, and I made toffee cream cheese dip with apples.  After everyone left I took some pictures of Shy’s family outside of their apartment.



We were sitting around holding the baby and visiting when dad asked if Danny and I wanted to go for a drive and try to get some pictures of the sunset.  I already posted some of them in the collage at the top, but here are a few more.  I saw several moose and bears on our drive (which turned out to be a bird’s nest and some cows, haha) but we had a good time.  I definitely got my love of photography from my dad!


We left our hotel (Ruby’s) around 9:00 I think, but then we made quite a few stops along the way to take pictures.  This little marina was when I made dad pull over because he was trying to text and drive, on top of looking at the scenery, and I was having a heart attack and made him pull over.  It was a pretty spot, and we had fun exploring it for a few minutes.  I think we finally made it home around 7 pm.


How’s that for trying to fit a billion pictures into one blog post, haha!  I think our whole family really fell in love with Sandpoint, and we’re already looking forward to going back to visit next year, (hopefully!)  Thanks for taking us, mom and dad!!  Love and miss you, Shy and family!  🙂



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