"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life;
to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived." ~Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lava Hot Springs- Day 1

Back in February we were sitting around the table at the Rock Creek Grill in Idaho for Grandma Jane's birthday.  We talked briefly about how fun it would be to get everyone together for a long weekend in Lava Hot Springs, just like they did for years and years when their kids were young.  That night I jumped online and sent an email to all the Andrew siblings and spouses and proposed our plan of vacationing sometime in the last half of the summer.  It quickly snowballed and after several emails and phone calls back and forth between everyone and we had a date and a house reserved.

Lava is a very old tourist town with a lot of little houses to rent.  And I mean LITTLE houses, like small cottages.  There are much bigger and nicer places to rent outside of town, but we wanted to be right in town close to everything.  We found this small property on main street that consisted of two small bungalows but a decent side private yard with all the amenities we could ask for.  It wasn't the Hilton by any means, but it was perfect for what we needed.  It had lots and lots of room for gathering, two grills, a fire pit, lots of camp chairs, a picnic table, and a full kitchen in one of the houses and a kitchenette in the other, and everything we could possibly need for group gatherings.   Lance's family and ours stayed at the bungalows and everyone else who came and went stayed at the hotels up the street, but we used the property as "headquarters".  It really did turn out to be a wonderful set up for all of us!

We pulled into town about 3:00 and after meeting the owner at the house and getting our stuff unloaded, we took a very short walk down Main Street to do a little bit of exploring and grab some treats at the old ice cream parlor while we waited for Lance and Courtnee to get into town.  It brought back lots of great memories for Cody and he got a kick out of showing the kids his old stomping ground.  Right outside the ice cream parlor we saw Aunt Kara walking toward us, who had just arrived in town with Grandma and Grandpa.  Poor Aunt Kara had broken her foot several weeks earlier and was in a walking boot, but she was a good sport all weekend in spite of being unable to do much. 

The noise level skyrockets whenever Grandpa is around.  The little boys thought it was hilarious the way he would shake them upside down and make money fall out of their pockets. 

Lance and Courtnee got to the house a little before dinner and Cody and I prepared all the makings for burgers. 

By the way, did I happen to mention that day one was our 11th wedding anniversary??  Happy anniversary to the best husband, friend, and baby daddy a girl could ever ask for!!

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