Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I promised you Yellowstone...and you just might regret it

I interrupt this major lack of posting with a rather unexciting and under photographed nutshell of my family's family reunion to Yellowstone National Park. How's that for a hook line?  I bet you can't wait to read all about it!  Okay so my family reunion in Yellowstone sadly left me with a few regrets.

Regret # 1:  I took my point and shoot camera.  Who leaves behind their fancy (okay so I don't even have a real fancy camera, but it's fancier than my point and shoot) camera when traveling to picturesque Yellowstone?  Me that's who.  Why?  I thought it would be too bulky.  Dumb.

Result:  I took very few pictures, and the quality I got in the few I took was poor. Dumb.

Regret # 2:  My family reunion just happened to fall on the exact same week as Travis' company convention.  Dumb.

Result:  Travis and I were only able to attend the family reunion for 1.5 days and 1 night before embarking on planes, trains and automobiles to make it to Puerto Rico for said company convention.  Dumb.  Why isn't the fun in my life more spread out?

Regret # 3:  Because an adventure in Yellowstone National Park requires a lot of driving around and viewing the sites I didn't get to spend very much time with my family at the family reunion (except for my husband and kids who I had a lovely time with in the car).  Dumb.

Result:  I really didn't get much family time at my family reunion.  I especially feel bad that I only got to see my in-from-out-of-town sister Katie in person for all of about 2.5 seconds.  Becky doesn't count as much because she came back to Utah after the reunion, and we get to see her often since she needs lots of Nancy fixes and visits Utah  multiple times a year.  Dumb.

Regret # 4: That meal we had at McDonald's.  Dumb.  They don't even have $1 Diet Cokes at the West Yellowstone's McDonald's (their food is listed at Airport Prices, it's a scam I tell ya).  Plus it tasted terrible, instant regret.  Dumb.

Result:  I haven't had McDonald's since, and have lost 50 lbs. in the process (I wish!).  Dumb.

Regret #5:  Not locking the bathroom door at the Artist Point Lookout (I think that's what it was called)  and having that man walk in on me.  So Dumb.

Result:  I yelled really loud, "Shut the door!  Someone's in here!"  Or something stupid like that.  I couldn't believe how quickly and rudely I yelled.  Actually I would have locked the door if it would have locked.  Hallie was supposedly holding it shut.  Obviously not very well.  It's a good thing I never have to see that man again (and he's probably not feeling too bad about never seeing me again either).  Dumb.

Okay so really, we had a good time in Yellowstone.  It was gorgeous, gorgeous.  And our drive there was just as pretty.  Who knew Idaho was so lovely in June?  I think as a kid driving through Idaho on our way to visit my Grandparents in Canada I overlooked the beauty.  This time I appreciated it.  Here's a few snapshots to prove that a lovely time was had by all at this year's family reunion.  I'm kind of digging the whole collage thing these days.  I can show you a lot of my fun family photos in a flash, and you hardly even realize you're bored.

Like this: 

Notice I'm not in any of the photos.  Some people tell me I'm very photogenic (which I often take as them saying, "you look much prettier in pictures than you do in real life").  But along with my fancy camera I forgot to pack photogenic Nancy, and brought the real one.  I can go from Fancy Nancy to Fat and Frumpy Nancy in a Yellowstone minute.  It's true, I have the pictures to prove it, but I won't be putting them up on my blog any time soon.

And here's a few more of my kids acting silly in one of the many touristy souvenir stores I dragged them into.  
(We had to do something fun after that regretful McDonald's incident).

 Okay honestly, we had a great time in Yellowstone-seriously.  I just wish I could have stayed for more of it, and looked cuter in the evidence.  Up next (maybe) Puerto Rico.  I have even less pictures of that trip (I don't even know if I'll be able to make a collage).  I bet you can't wait! 


Mandy said...

I am glad funny Nancy made it to the blog today. You crack me up.

the thrifty ba said...

i have always wanted to to go there! i will pack the 'good' camera!

Rebecca Irvine said...

Looks like fun--and i love the new blog look!

Courtney said...

It looks like your 1 1/2 days were at least filled with fun.

Katie Richardson said...

These pictures are really not that bad. You did a great job making them look good in the collage. And best of all, you describe events so well that I felt I was right there with you when that man walked in on you going to the bathroom. At least he did not have his good camera in hand!

Sarah said...

Your pictures turned out really great. And I love the bathroom story. I am paranoid about locking public bathroom doors. Yikes.

alissa said...

Your pictures look great in the collages and at least you do have some pictures to prove your family was there having fun!

And, just so you know - I have plenty of junk and messes - I just don't photograph them for the blog! Ha!

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pam said...

Glad to know that you had fun at the family reunion and Yellowstone even though you had to leave early. Your kids did fine after you left except for a little crying episode because they missed you. But after that, they were great until you showed up back at home. Just kidding. Your pictures are great. Glad you posted them. I have great pics of our trip but we'll see if I can ever post them

Toria said...

great post. I love it!
and sad (I hate when two great things overlap)
your family amazes me- continually
and you always have me laughing

Karla said...

Nancy how are you? Miss you! Hope all is well. What is your number? I have some blog ideas I want to start up and I wanted to pick your brain about it. It was originally your idea:) Hair! Talk to you soon:)