Our Trip Home: Part 2

Jedediah (10 months), Leah (4 months), Brogan (9 months)

Definitely my favorite picture from this part of our trip.  (Can you tell Jed has spent way too much time in front of the camera?)  All three of these babes were born in 2010.  Not kidding, I think everyone I know either had a baby in 2010 or got pregnant in 2010.

We crammed as much as we possibly could into one week at home in Ririe, Idaho. We were really looking forward to spending time with lots of family and friends, eating at favorite restaurants, doing a little shopping, and just having some plain old fun.

First, I went shopping all afternoon with Momma Nelson. We had a lot of fun trying on clothes –including a cute pair of skinny jeans that I purchased—and going crazy over baby clothes and shoes. It is way more fun to shop for Jed than it is for myself! And even more fun when Grandma spoils us a bit.

That night we invited Bron’s best buddies from high school over for pizza. Bron and his friends are tight, like peas in a pod. I can’t describe the kind of bond they have because it is beyond anything I have ever experienced. But I know their friendship is worth so much to them, they will do just about anything to keep it together for a lifetime. Luckily for me, these guys have great taste in women and married well; I really like Kim and Stef. So when the conversation turned to farming, (as is typical), we girls separated ourselves and talked baby. We all had our first babies in 2010! It was so much fun to talk, laugh, discuss, and compare. It was almost weird to see Travis with a baby in his arms! These guys are all daddys now. Crazy. I know they will all do a great job though.

Bron and Jed (10 months), Tyson and Brooklyn (2 months), Travis and Dakoda (4 months)

Bron ventured out to the barn every morning that week. I know there’s a part of him that misses working on the dairy. Some mornings he took Jed down to the barn with him for an hour or two. Jed loved it!

A morning out on the Nelson Dairy

One night, we made sushi with the whole family. Bron’s little brother, Call, was excited to try something new! He dug in with both hands, cutting the ingredients and rolling them together. The sushi was a success, even when Kaleb slathered a large glob of wasabi on his sushi and stuck the entire thing in his mouth! Ouch!

Homemade Sushi!

We traveled out to Aberdeen one afternoon to see Tyrel’s new place. He just purchased a bunch of property for a calf operation with a view of the mountains and the reservoir. I think it’s awesome. We’re glad he took that risk and wish him the best! Oh yeah, and then we stopped at Rupe’s on the way home for a milkshake. Mmmmm…

Bron's brother, Tyrel, has six little boys.  They loooved wrestling with Bron.  Their youngest, Brogan, is just six weeks younger than Jed.  It is always fun to get them together, though Brogan handles being beat-up upon better than Jed.  He's used to it! 

Out with the calves.  Garrison gave me a cute grin.  The three oldest boys jumped from hay bale to bale for me.  In the back you can see Jaden who is just a little bit too small to make the leap.  He fell to the ground every time.  But then I'd see him spring back up and climb right on to the next bale.

I got together one afternoon with my good friend, Katy. It was sooo good to see her! We gabbed it up, shopping around Porter’s in Rexburg and then headed across the street for sickeningly sweet cupcakes. I can’t wait until next time, Katy! I really miss you! Then Bron’s brother, Talon, gave us a tour of the new buildings on campus at BYU-Idaho. Wow. It’s changed a lot in two years.

Katy about to snarf a yummy cupcake!
Don't judge.  She's pregnant.

I also took Jed into the Eye Center in Idaho Falls to meet my old co-workers. Jed knew just what to do: he smiled and flirted and was a hit with the ladies there.

The entire Nelson clan (except for Garret who is on a mission in Uruguay; Bron is the second of six boys, in case you didn't know) stayed on the dairy for the weekend. We played lots of games and ate lots of food and made ourselves really tired. We went on a triple date one evening with two of Bron’s brothers. It was so good just to laugh and talk! After dinner, Tyrel was determined to get some brownies and ice cream, so we ended up at Coldstone and overate. It’d been a year (a year!) since Bron and I had gone to the temple, so we did that too. However, I think my favorite part of the entire trip to Idaho was when Momma Nelson offered to babysit the hoard of grandkids and allowed us adult/teenage kids to play three games of laser tag! I screamed my head off and pretty much sat in the middle of the arena getting a worse score with every game. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to be “killed” by a laser! I think Kaleb won every single game, the little stink. It was soooo much fun! (Too bad I didn’t get any pictures of the best stuff! Must’ve been having too much fun for that.)

Grandma Nelson playing with Jed

One of Jed's favorite things to do was stand at the windows and look out.  They were just his height.

The week flew by way too fast and it was hard to leave. But we will be back soon. We love you, Idaho!

Check back later for part 3 soon...


  1. How fun! Idaho is a good place! I bet it was so nice to see all of Bron's family again. Lovely pictures! I love that first one too!

  2. Sounds like fun! I'm LOVING that first photo--ADORABLE!!!

    Sorry we missed you while you were here!


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