20 September 2010

Another trip to Jackson Hole

We went to Jackson Hole the second weekend of September to visit my brother and his family. For some crazy reason we hadn't been up to visit them in over a year. That's pretty ridiculous considering that they really aren't far away from us at all. We'll have to make sure not to be so lazy this coming year.

Every year Jackson Hole hosts a 5k charity race called Old Bill's. There is no fee to enter, but they do ask for a donation to a local charity. My oldest nephew started running about a year ago and has become quite a good runner. My brother had mentioned bringing his older boys down and all of us running a race together, but that was before I got pregnant. (Let's be honest, though: even if I weren't pregnant I wouldn't be able to run a 5k.) It just worked out for Eric and me to go up the weekend of Old Bill's. Eric ran with the older two boys and my brother. I walked around with my sister-in-law and her mom, and then we turned around and waited at the finish line to take pictures of the runners as they came in.

After the race, we went on a hike to Phelps Lake in the Tetons. It was a nice hike, and one I could handle considering my previously-better bum hip had flared up again for the special occasion (naturally).

We were really glad we had the chance to go up and visit. Each of the kids (except the oldest one) got to feel the baby kick, which was pretty fun. We ate great food, as usual, including mushroom and cheese-stuffed burgers (todiefor) and smoked pulled pork tacos (also todiefor).

Plus my brother gave me the cradle that two of my cousins, four of the kids in my family and all four of my brother's kids slept in. I will post a picture one of these days when the cradle is put together and has bedding. Right now it's in a box in our little apartment storage unit. When my sister-in-law was pregnant with my oldest nephew, my brother and my sister's husband worked together to restore the cradle, and it is a really beautiful little piece of furniture. It is exciting to know that our kid is going to sleep in something with so much history.


Jenny said...

It looks beautiful there! I've never been to Jackson Hole--just driven through barren stretches of highway.

John said...

I think your niece & nephews are good lookin' kids!

Packrat said...

We are so lucky to live in such a scenic part of the country, but the Tetons are especially beautiful.

Getting the cradle is extra special. It is so nice that you have it to use.

Yes, why do we not get around to visiting family and different areas more often? Are we all really that busy?