Sunday, October 3, 2010

Washington Trip - Summer 2010

We had an amazing trip to Washington this year! We extended this year's trip and stayed from August 6th-15th so that we could go to Andrew's 10-year reunion and spend more time with our new niece, new nephew, and Andrew's friend's brand new twins. It was a blast and Kaili loved playing with her cousin Madison and Joey (Andrew's family dog) especially.

Potholes is a reservoir near Moses Lake where Andrew's family has been going with the McDonalds to camp and ski since he was 9 or 10 years old. When the trip first happened with just the immediate McDonalds and immediate Skeens there would be 11 kids and 4 adults, but since then, several of them have married. So every year the pack seems to get bigger, but this year was crazy due to a surplus of children being born. If I counted correctly, there were 21 adults and 11 children under the age of 3!

What an adventure! We created two napping areas on the campsite, had tons of sunscreen and floaties that we passed around, and everyone who wasn't on the boat or cooking was likely on baby duty. It made for a very interesting and fun dynamic for all!

Coincidentally, Mitchell who is on his mission in the Spokane area was living in Othello - just 20 minutes from our campsite. After talking to the mission president, we were not permitted to see him, but decided that we could tour Othello and drop off a care package. The family that hosted the elders ended up being home when we went to drop off the package. They invited us in to take a quick tour of their apartment and leave a note on Mitchell's desk. We ate at a Mexican restaurant for dinner (one of two that were side-by-side in the town).