One of the things my mother specifically wanted to do was visit Banff, and I was more than happy to oblige. As I was planning our trip, I kept having to change which hike we were going to do because of strong wind storms and the resulting downed trees blocking trails, flooding, and aggressive black bears. We finally found one that was appropriate for our gang (read: not too hard) that I'd never done but always wanted to: the March Loop Trail by Cave and Basin National Monument (the stinky, spooky cave).
|Calista and Craig swearing to protect Canada's wilderness.|
Mom was here through the end of school and activities, which means she got to help watch Caleb while I coached Craig's soccer (talk about relieving some stress!). It also means she got to see Craig's preschool "graduation" (okay, so I really don't get this one. He's not even onto kindergarten yet! He's got one more year! Oh well, they looked cute)
In the end, one of the ways Mom was most helpful was completely unexpected. Right after his birthday, Caleb got sick. It started as a cold, and got progressively worse. I spent a lot of time cuddling him at night, and Mom spent a lot of time cuddling him during the day.
And, of course, Mom helped with packing, though maybe not as much as the kiddos "helped."
Because Mom was here during the Butikofer reunion, we decided to all head down there together. We took the trip in two day, stopping for the night in Helena, Montana.
|And for a photo op in Craig, Montana|
Only an hour behind schedule, we made it to Idaho and to the family reunion the next couple of days.
I loved seeing my family, especially my grandma,
Right before Mom left to go home, we spent the day at the zoo.
And all in all, a pretty good time with my mom. Thanks for coming to visit us and help prepare to move! We appreciated it.