So in true tourist fashion we bundled up in thousands of layers (the california way for those of us lacking "real" snow clothes), and built the best snowman ever. That's right, we know how to do more than just beach it. Carson LOVED the snow! Our snow man rightfully named "Carson Brown" (think xmas song "winter wonderland", Carson is sure they say his name in it), turned into a serious project. Matt, Blake and I were much more into than the kids.
"Carson Brown" added a little extra christmas decor to my grandparents house clearly making it the most festive house on the block! But mostly made for a lot of fun!
Another perk of visiting Utah was seeing my good friend Becky who was due with her first baby boy the day we got there. But did he decide to come so I could meet him? of course not! He came a week late arriving the day after we got home. Such a bummer. But, Becky did look gorgeous and baby Holland did come eventually and is DANG cute!!! Now if I could just meet him. All in all we LOVED our time in Utah!
The next chapter of our story takes us to "the bad" aka a wretched vegas/california snow storm in areas that aren't used to so much snow and therefore not really equipped to handle it. Below is the I-15 just outside of Vegas. Ugh! Our only route home ended up being closed down in three different areas from Vegas to Barstow/Victorville, forcing us back to Vegas to find a hotel for the night!
A detour of these sorts would have been welcomed if I was just with Matt, but with 2 kiddos and one hotel room....not so much. Especially when Brynlee woke up at 5 in the morning saying "mom, I see you. Hello. Get me out." We did stay in the "New York New York" on the 31st floor, which was totally fun and a great view, but again, with 2 kids, not so much. Those darn slot machines are made to appeal to the child in us. Bright lights, fun noises, money clanking, who wouldn't want in on the action? Well Carson & Brynlee sure did. We must have been yelled at 20 times walking through casinos because our kids were getting too close to the slots- and maybe they pulled it a few times too. We did our best!
The kids single handedly destroyed our hotel in a record time....and quite frankly it got to a point where we didn't even care anymore. We were all a little stir crazy.
The roads didn't open until the next day at 1pm and we made it home from Vegas in a record setting 7 1/2 hours. That was a looooooong two days of traveling, but I think i've officially gotten to the point where it's crossed over from a long couple days to a funny story. Not quite the end of trip adventure we were hoping for, but nonetheless an adventure. And i'm looking forward to next one. I'll just be packing leashes for the kids!