Tuesday, July 12, 2011

First Stop: Yuma, CO

On the first day of our journey, we drove 740 miles to Grandma's house in Yuma, CO.  We had the van packed the night before, and set our alarms for 4 a.m.  The kids went to bed in their clothes they would wear the next day, so we hoped for a seamless transfer from bed to road.  Obadiah woke us up a bit early at 3:30 a.m., so we got up and got ready.  We were finally in the van, ready to go at 5:00 a.m., and the van didn't start.  Oooooh, not a good way to get going!  I pulled the car around, we jumped the van, and it didn't stay running.  Repeat.  Finally we got it to stay running, and we cautiously pulled out.  We stopped at the local gas station to top off our tank and air up the tires.  Within a couple hours, Tirzah threw up all over herself and we had already stopped more times than we wanted to.  A truck passing us threw a rock up to our window and chipped it (we didn't repair it).  Yikes!  What a crazy start to the trip!!

Leaving Minnesota, and entering South Dakota...
We didn't do much interstate driving during this leg of the trip.  Consequently, our garmin landed us on a dirt road.  Kickin' up the dust...

Now entering Nebraska.  I loved riding on the "back roads".  Stopping was so much easier.  Of course, that made our day much longer...we didn't arrive in Colorado until many hours later than we expected.

On the next day, after sleeping in a bit, we went out to the Yuma Dairy.  Mitch's cousin Jeremiah gave us a tour. 

Kathi and Tirzah looking into the tank that holds the freshest of fresh milk...

In the milking room.  Love those cows!  What's that smell???

We got to see a brand new baby calf.

Obadiah was all tired out from the tour!

Jeremiah showed us some of what the cows eat.  It was VERY interesting.  A lot of good science here.  I was impressed with how much thought goes into the entire process.

This is the room where the milk is stored until it is picked up by the trucks.  There are 3 tanks in here, Caleb is standing on one that is through the wall.

A very, very old rocking horse.  Many grandchildren have been on this one!

I left the room when Obadiah was on his back, and I came back to find him on his tummy.  No one will admit to helping him, so I can only assume he is strong enough to roll over both ways!

It was SOOOO hot there.  Grandma doesn't have air conditioning.  Tirzah laid herself down in front of the fan and fell asleep!

In the evening when it was cooler we went back into town to play at the park.

Kathi helping Tirzah.

Eden and Caleb are dragon riders.

Micah and Grandma

Mitch and his grandma

Tirzah taking it on her own now.

Can you find all of them (minus Obadiah)??

Grandma bought us these great shirts as a gift!

Out at the farm...

Eden and Grandma

Tirzah literally cried when it was time to say goodbye to this porcelain kitty!

Zeke and Grandma

Grandma, Malachi, Tirzah, and of course the kitty

Obadiah and Grandma


  1. Jenny, AKA Frogmama7/12/2011 11:39 AM

    How thoughtful of her to get you all shirts! And I LOVE that pic of Tirzah with the "Kitty" :) How cute is that!

  2. Where is your cute family from? I come from a large family- I am the oldest of 13- I am now married with 3 of my own. I found your blog when I was trying to find lds families in Yuma Colorado as my husband is in the process of a possible job relocation there. Looks like your grandparents live in Yuma. Monica Carling- monicas_portugal04@yahoo.com