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Oct 15, 2012

Road trip highlights

Tyler setting a new PR for grumpiness
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Kate in sunglasses



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Roadside potty emergencies



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Gavin peeing on the side of the van

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Zach catching a lizard ripping off a lizard tail in a parking lot



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Gavin coughing all over everyone

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Lexi choosing to sleep on the floor in the motel 


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Kate waking up at 4:30 a.m.
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Hanging out with a bunch of bus-touring retirees in the motel breakfast room for an hour
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Finally finishing the Christmas stockings (on Gilbert Road)


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Greeting lots of family and friends in Mesa
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Seeing Granny & Gramps' new-and-improved, post-fire house (they moved in two weeks ago)
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Playing with cousins
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Zach barfing in the middle of the night
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Helping Holly cover paper lanterns with doilies


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Garry providing lots of muscle for reception set-up
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Hanging out at the park for two hours with the kids, and then cleaning up sand at home for an hour


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Tyler waking up in the night with croup
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Garry handling it
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Enjoying Ryan and Nichole's beautiful sealing ceremony and all associated festivities (post to come)
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Celebrating Zach's and Eric's birthdays


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Lexi wetting the bed for the first time ever
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Hitting the road for home 12 hours after Ryan and Nichole's reception
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Gavin having a bladder the size of a pixie's thimble

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Kate screeching shrilly every time she wanted a snack/binky/blanket/attention
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DVDs blaring in the back seats



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Getting a flurry of texts regarding the dramatic ward split happening in church

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Pondering the extensive ramifications of the ward split, including Garry's and my sudden no-calling status



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Deciding an hour before Albuquerque that we'd make the entire 780-mile trip home in one day, despite leaving Mesa at 9:00 a.m.
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Having a collective family meltdown at McDonald's in Santa Fe

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Distracting myself with Christmas music (true story)
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Returning to an undisturbed house in cold Colorado Springs at 12:00 a.m.
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Garry driving every single mile of the whole crazy journey and then going back out for milk at the grocery store
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Watching TV because we couldn't sleep in the wee hours of the morning
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The end.
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