Sunday, February 5, 2017

Salt Lake City Trip

We flew to Salt Lake City for Uncle Jason and Aunt Isa's wedding. A week before the trip I was telling Quin that we were going to ride on an airplane. He calmly responded "no, I'm going to ride on a spaceship." After talking about it some more he decided he would ride on an airplane if it was red and blue.
We woke up to find it snowing, the first time it has done that in Springfield this year. It was very slippery getting to the airport. We counted 7 cars and 2 trucks on the side of the road on I5. Some of them were in ditches. We had to drive pretty slow during the first part to keep from sliding around. I was worried we were going to be late since we were going 40 instead of 65 for several miles.  
When we finally parked and got all our gear out Quin had a blast riding the shuttle from the parking lot to the airport. He jumped up on the shuttle and picked out our seats.
Check in and security were surprisingly fast for towing along 2 little kids. We got a window seat at our gate and it was fun watching the airplanes taxi in to the gate. Quin was impressed by the vehicles that transport luggage to the airplanes. He told me he wants to drive the tractor when he grows up. I think he also wants to fly an airplane.
Quin and Ammon both did really well on the plane ride.

Here's Quin enjoying an escalator ride. He had a hard time leaving the airport when we got to SLC because he wanted to keep riding the "excavator." 

Quin really liked the cats at Aunt Velvet's house. He followed them around saying "hi kitty. Meow" over and over. He wasn't too crazy about Harold at first but he warmed up to him and pet him.

Quin was really impressed with the snow. He got to play on a slipplery trampoline at Uncle Keith's house and Aunt Velvet's house.

So much fun to play with Uncle Curtis!

He was okay. He slipped a lot on that trampoline and just got up again. He started screaming after he took his gloves off, against my insistence that he keep them on, and fell in the snow. His hands got so cold!
Quin was really impressed by the dwarf goats at Uncle Keith's house. He kept saying "hi goat. nice goat." He thought the goat hutch was pretty cool and climbed in a few times. Uncle Keith pulled us in a sled behind a 4 wheeler. It was really exciting and kind on terrifying!

We also enjoyed saying hi to Velvet's chickens.

Quin loved the Christus statue. He kept wanting to go back to it and "see Jesus."

 It was really cold at temple square. Quin liked seeing the temple up close. Mom and I attended Isa's endowment. Michael tried to come but didn't make it in time so he went with my dad to hang out at Jason and Isa's new apartment.

 Uncle Jason is so much fun!!!
Quin really liked Jason's long board. He called it a "keyboard." He liked standing on it and jumping but his favorite was when Grandma Dodge pushed him around the kitchen.

Jason and Isa's wedding was so beautiful! I was so happy to see the pure joy on my brother's face. I've never seen Jason so happy. It was so sweet to be with my eternal family in the temple. The greatest peace and happiness I have ever felt has been in sealing rooms while the sealing ordinances to bind families together forever were being performed.

Waiting for the bride after the wedding.
Ring ceremony complete with viking ring exchange on the tips of swords

The reception was SO MUCH FUN!!! Music and dancing and amazing food and awesome people to hang out with. Quin had a really good time dancing. I sewed bow ties for the boys so they would match and look awesome in pictures. However, church clothes were forgotten in the stress of transporting kids back and forth from Velvet's and getting to and from the temple. He's still cute in sweat pants and rain boots.
Ammon got passed around a lot. I think he enjoyed it.

Uncle Keith groovin' with Ammon
On Sunday we had a birthday party for my mom. It was so nice to have a family reunion with Dodge people! We found out Mike and Brenda were on the same flight as us so they took me and Ammon to the airport while Michael and Quin dropped off the rental car. Mike and Brenda helped us a lot at the airports. We had a lot of stuff to carry!
When we finally got back to Oregon it was late, we were exhausted, and we were so disappointed to find our car encased in ice.
The road was really slippery and it was hard to even walk there. It took about 45 minutes to get the ice off and then we drove very VERY slowly through the parking lot and through Portland. We got home around 1 AM.

The next day we were happy to see there was still some snow in our backyard. Quin had a really good time playing in it.

We miss our Utah and New Hampshire peeps and look forward to our next visit!