From Story City, IA we headed into the western frontier. We had quite a few long days of driving in the car, which I must say, our kids are doing great with. To pass the time they fight over, I mean play with their toys, eat (a lot), sing, look out the window, play on the ipad, watch movies, read books and tell stories. I also sit in-between the kids at times and we have back- seat preschool (everything but finger paint).
I hit a bit of a slump this week in the trip and started to feel really “over it”. Honestly, I struggled to have a good attitude about exerting time and money when I really just wanted to be done. I had been to these places before (Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole) but Jason has always wanted to. God reminded me to have his attitude and I couldn’t imagine him pouting, so I committed to finishing well. In the end we had a good time and the scenery was breath taking.
Josiah circled all the wildlife we saw, just about everything but the big horn sheep.
Jason is in the final training stages of his marathon so I rented a bike with a trailer to accompany and support him along his 20 mile run. It turned out I was the one who needed encouraged as I worked the bike (pulling kids) uphill at 7,000 feet in a thunder storm. The second half of the ride was delightful as it was downhill and the sun came out. (: Jason is seriously so amazing, just in case you didn’t know!