Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I guess things have been busy here…at least as busy as it can get while I’m still unemployed!
About that – I had my first job interview. I don’t know how it will turn out, but at least it was an interview!
Ok, now let’s go back in time to our road trip! Last post, we were at my (Jen’s) parent’s house. Our next stop was Provo. We got to visit Grandma Steineckert, Kathy and Gordon (Cameron’s aunt and uncle), and a bunch of cousins.
It was SO fun. Kathy and Gordon are the nicest people ever. I really had a great time getting reacquainted. Kathy made us an amazing lunch, Costa Vida style. Also, congratulations to Megan and Mark on their upcoming wedding! We are so excited for you.
We also had a special moment when we got to tour Grandma’s house and see all her paintings. She is a talented artist and it was really neat to see her home.
Our next stop was Cameron’s mom’s house. It is always a treat to visit Teri, Madison, and Molly. Not to mention all the cats! They have a houseful of the sweetest cats and I love it. I miss our little one-eyed cat, Gino. May he rest in peace…(actually we gave him to the Humane Society and he was adopted by a loving family).
We did lots of fun things at Teri’s. One of my favorites was rock hunting! We hiked up to the mines behind her house where there are hillsides with popcorn crystal rocks and other neat finds. Also, she made homemade yogurt which got turned into homemade frozen yogurt. It was delicious! Since moving to Maine, we’ve made two batches of our own. It’s not too hard, and really rewarding. Teri’s original recipe was from Sunset Magazine (coolest magazine!) Here is an online tutorial we used: http://www.makeyourownyogurt.com/
We all went to church together on Sunday, which was also really fun. It’s a great ward. It was nice to spend a full day just being together.
We left on Monday, our car approximately 4 pounds heavier from the amazing quilt Teri made for us. She made a neat little stuff-sack for it, and a mini one for my rocks – both of which came in handy for the rest of the road trip.
Madison, me, and Snuggles on the way up to the mine
Molly, Cameron, me, Madison, Mom
After we left Teri’s, we stopped in Santaquin to meet my dad’s parents. Grandma and Grandpa Gammill were so nice to drive up from their house to meet us. We haven’t seen each other in probably a few years. We didn’t have a lot of time together, but it was wonderful!
Grandma and Grandpa Gammill
We were able to bring a telescope to Maine with us. Grandpa designed and built it. It’s an amazing little thing that collapses and stores in it’s own box. We have already used it and it’s so neat!
Telescope packed and ready to go
After we said goodbye (a teary goodbye on my part, I might add) to Grandma and Grandpa, we headed to Vernal for our last stop in Utah.
Michael, Cameron’s oldest sister, her husband Jared and their three girls, Tori, Tristan, and Jerikka, were so nice to welcome us for a night. The last time I saw these guys was at our wedding, three years ago! Whoa.
Michael made us yummy tacos for dinner. It was so nice to sit around and talk to the girls. Tori is now a CNA, which is a huge achievement! Tristan is a martial arts wizard and can break boards with her fists (I saw it on film!). Jerikka is a darling and loves to dance and do cheerleading.
It was great to meet Jared and hear about his work on oil rigs. Very fascinating to my engineering brain. It was too bad his current job was far out of the way or we might have been able to see the rig in action.
My favorite thing was staying up late to watch, what was it called???, Ghost Hunters or Paranormal Sightings or something like that. We scared ourselves and laughed our heads off. I learned several things: 1) If it suddenly gets cold and you feel spooky, watch out. 2) Do Not Ignore the Incident. Too many people in this show ignore the first incident. Bad idea. 3) I forgot how much I like scary stuff.
Thanks to Michael and Jared for their hospitality and to the girls for being so fun and welcoming to their previously unknown aunt Jen.
After leaving Michael’s house, we headed for Denver….