Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Idaho Trip

The week after Christmas we headed to Idaho for a big family get-together.
Devin and Emily reserved this awesome lodge for the whole family (thanks guys!!)
and it was amazing how much it had to offer without even going outside!
The drive there was beautiful, and perfect weather.
(It was not so great coming back.)

Out the car window on the way there

One of the first things the kids did after we arrived:

they built this amazing fort from the soft blocks in the bunk room.

Josh, Ethan, and Julia in front of the fort

Ethan, Julia, and Josh inside the fort

They had fun exploring the entire lodge, but I was too busy chatting with the adults to get any other pics the first night.
The next day we headed to the sand dunes to go sledding.
Our group looking for a good hill for sledding

We found tons of different hills. Julia really enjoyed the biggest hill, this one was a lot like a water slide, super steep and tall, and she loved it:

Ethan preferred the smaller hills, but he still had a great time:

A family photo right before leaving

The white rolling hills were beautiful!
And we also enjoyed a gorgeous sunset.

The kids hadn't done so well at bedtime the night before-- they were too excited to be sleeping in the 16 bunk room all together to be interested in actually sleeping.
So the second night we decided to have them watch a movie before bed to try to settle them down. They decided to set up a "movie theater" with a kid-built huge couch to prepare for the movie. (These blocks were so fun!)

Rebekah, Sanja, Julia, Amie, and Ethan, all ready to watch the movie

The kids weren't the only ones having fun, check out what the grown-ups were doing after the kids went to bed:

Derek went down the slide in the garage/gym on a little scooter and ran into the opposite wall, too bad I didn't capture it on video.

This gym really kept the kids busy for huge amounts of time!

Julia, Amie, and Josh in the gym

The kids also enjoyed the climbing wall:

The slide in the bunk room:

as well as the shuffleboard, pingpong, air hockey, fuzeball, and mulitiple other fun activities throughout the lodge.

Julia in front of one wall of bunks

We all had such a great time. It was so fun having almost all of the family together!


kristen said...

I really loved seeing all the adults act like children. It was the best. :)

Malinovka said...

THANK YOU for posting these pics and videos! I'm so happy to see them, even though it still makes me sad we were the only ones not there. Julia's haircut is so cute (whenever it was). :) And I LOVE how the adults played at night. :) SO fun! Maybe we'll get to do it sometime when the out-of-towners don't have to worry about getting into a car wreck to get there.... :)

Jeanie said...

It looks like you guys had a BLAST!!! I need to know where this lodge is so that when it's mine and Dustin's turn to plan the Christensen family reunion we can go there! :)