I thought I would be better about keeping up to date with our lives this summer, but the summer got the best of me apparently! We did have a fun time in Colorado and Caspian had a chance to recover from the illness that made the trip so difficult, so our drive back was much more peaceful. I won't lie and and say that it was entirely peaceful, but it was much better than the drive there!
While we visited my parents in Bayfield we got to go fishing and ride horses, ATV's, and tractors, as well as visit all the farm animals and a few members of my extended family. Caspian called every animal he saw a dog, but apparently learned how to count while we were there. There were two horses pastured outside my parents' house and he would become very perplexed when he could only find one and especially perplexed when he couldn't find either of them. He would rush around from window to window saying, "Where go?" "Dog." "Where go?" and then he would go back to normal things like calling the elk head on the living room wall a dog and saying, "Soft!" I kept joking that he must know how to count to two at least because he knew there should be two horses. I thought I was just being silly, but a few days later when I tried to hand him a snack of some sort he held out his other hand and said, "Two?"
We left my parents' house and drove over Red Mountain Pass and stopped in Ouray, CO at Box Canyon Falls to see some nature and relive part of my childhood. Box Canyon looked much different as an adult than it did as a kid. We hiked around a little there and then hit the road to head for Grand Junction again where we would be staying with Zak's grandparents, Hunt and Myrna. We got in to their house at around 8:30 that evening and you would have thought it was the middle of the day. The boys were ready to play and Hunt and Myrna were ready to join right in. They have saved all the toys from their children over the years, have kept them in pristine condition and love to share these with our boys now. It is always so much fun to see what they have saved and I'm sure Koa and Caspian enjoy them just as much as Fred, Rose, Von and Jon did. What a treat it was to get to spend a couple of days with these lovely people!
Even though we were only there for a couple of days, we got to visit the horses and Koa got to ride one of granddad Hunt's horses for a few minutes. We also were able to visit their church family and we got to have dinner with Rose and Mike. The weather was nice and the boys loved playing in the back yard so I got to sit and watch them play and relax a bit while Hunt and Myrna entertained. I even escaped one afternoon while the boys were napping and found a coffee shop with WiFi and Skyped with Zak for a bit.
As I mentioned before the trip back was less traumatic for everyone. Caspian was no more fond of the car seat, but was exceedingly more comfortable without the diaper rash. I did finally break down and buy my very first package of disposable diapers (we had been given some to use before [like when Koa was first born], but I had never actually purchased any for us, so this was a big step for me!) and it was an adventure all its own trying to figure out just which brand and what size and style and...holy moly there are a lot of choices! After I finally did this I had to stop and ask myself why I waited until after Caspian had such bad diarrhea to make this move....sometimes I'm not so bright. I admit it was much easier, but I did learn the hard way that those things DO NOT belong in a pool....ewww! So that's why they have swim diapers, eh?
Speaking of the pool. Remember the ridiculous Caspian-trying-to-drown-himself episode? Well, I was so afraid he was going to be terrified of the water after that, but no. He would actually go to the ladder, climb down so he could sit on the top rung and then try to jump in. I was, of course, always there to catch him, but he would try to bat my hands out of the way so he could do it by himself. I've started calling him Kamikaze Caspian.
Across Idaho (or somewhere in there) I figured out a good way to teach Caspian to spit out his gum instead of swallowing it and also keep him mildly entertained while sitting down. I buy healthy gum (surprise!) and it only tastes good for like 30 seconds (maybe a slight exaggeration) and Caspian LOVES gum (which he calls "dumba dumba dumba"), but he always swallows it. I buy said gum in bulk so it is much cheaper and I had A LOT with us. During one particularly boring stretch of road I started giving each of the boys a piece of gum and then just a few minutes later encouraging them to swap it out for a new piece. I don't know how many miles we did this, but I ended up with quite the mound of gum tree or whatever it is made of sitting next to me on the console. But Caspian rarely swallows his gum now and we survived Idaho!
Another thing that kept Caspian entertained was driving on the rumble strips. At some point along the way there was an intermittent rumble strip on the outside lane that sounded like a barking dog when I drove along it and Caspian was convinced by the sound and got very excited! So after that, any time I drove on bumps of any sort he would get very excited and start shouting, "Dog! Dog!"
Also as we were driving through Idaho Koa had one of my favorite lines of the whole trip. As we were passing a feed lot he looked out the window and said, "That's how Wendy's treats their cows." He hasn't asked to eat at Wendy's since then, either. I guess The Omnivore's Dilemma won't be required reading for him this year.
We left Colorado on a Monday and got home by Wednesday which was our goal. We needed to be back for our co-op drop from Azure Standard on Thursday and we did. And I promptly paid someone else to clean out our car!