So, we just got back from our vacation visiting David's sis in Boise, Idaho. It's a neat place, I didn't really know what to expect going there. It's got a beautiful landscape with rolling hills and a river that runs through Boise. My SIL and BIL are super outdoorsy, and it seemed that much of Boise was, as well.
I went mountain biking for the first time ever with my SIL. Verdict: FAIL. I fell within the first five minutes and have some nice bruises on my legs now. I enjoyed the challenge of the uphill climb, but was TERRIFIED on the downhills. I should have known better. I don't like rock climbing, I don't like skiing, I don't know why I thought I would like mountain biking. I do not like feeling out of control going fast downhill on anything. Kristen joked that I needed the opposite of what most people pay for: I needed a truck to pick me up at the top of the hill, not take me to the top and let me ride down. I think I just need to face the fact that I'm not outdoorsy and move on with my life. I keep trying, and I keep disliking.
Connor had a lot of fun on the trip. On the flight out he was a tiny nightmare, but coming back was better. On the way out we were the people with the tantrum-y toddler. It was stressful, but we survived. My bribes lasted all of about 30 minutes, and then he was bored, fidgety, and crabby. I could have really used some Lorazepam.
Once there, we did a lot of fun things like go to the zoo, go to the park and on some nice walks, and go on a TRAIN RIDE! This was super-fun and the highlight of Connor's trip, for sure. It was a slow, family-oriented ride up through green hills and next to a river. Beautiful! I'm pretty sure Connor was trying to tell me about it the next day when he said, "Choo-choo, wa-wa (water)!"
My SIL and BIL were great hosts who tried to make us really comfortable. I'm always impressed with how multifaceted they both are. My brother-in-law is an engineer, a triathlete, and plays bass in the local symphony. My sister-in-law is a doctor, an athlete, and makes beautiful jewelry. Real underachievers! We got to see my BIL perfom in the symphony while we were there, which was really great. It was a nice performace. I can't remember the last time I went to see a cultural event like that! (Kristen was babysitting for us!)
As always, it was sad to leave them and I wish we lived closer. But, it is good to be back home and back to our routine. Now I've just got to get Connor back on his normal sleep schedule! Pics to come....