It wasn't the trip itself. It was simply that feelings were still so raw. It felt weird to do normal, fun things. It almost felt like we weren't supposed to be happy, as crazy as I know that sounds. I mean we knew real life would happen regardless of where we were, but it just felt too soon, if that makes sense. To us it seemed like time needed to stop and recognize we just lost a magnificent person. But as it turns out, time doesn't stop and it keeps going. The world keeps turning and we felt like we were being left behind and couldn't keep up with what was happening around us.
So the trip. It was rough. Sure it was fine and their were great moments. We enjoyed the Grand Canyon. The kids were all so well behaved. There was nothing "'bad" but it was hard to be happy. For both Wes and I it was hard to be happy. Plus I got sick while we were there, so that really didn't help at all. And Wes, who is good at keeping it together did better than me. I was set off at anything and maybe cried a time a two over the dumbest things. Seriously, anything. But Wes wasn't his normal self either.
But we made the best of it. We tried so hard to have fun and make it great for our family. We enjoyed our nice hotel (which was a steal for us) and we really did enjoy it a lot. The Grand Canyon was pretty spectacular! We enjoyed a full day there. And finally the Polar Express. We hadn't heard the best things about it... I guess that's not totally true. But we heard some of the more negative parts of it before we went. We loved it though. The kids really LOVED it and because everyone had such a good time it was worth every penny. I only wish the timing had been better so as to have enjoyed ourselves a bit more.
We stayed in the Grand Hotel of the Grand Canyon. It was super nice it actually would have been nice to stay an extra day or two to take advantage of it all.
We stayed the majority of the day at the actual Grand Canyon. It was frigid there. It wouldn't have been so bad had it not been for the wind. It was in the mid to low 40s but the wind made it crazy cold. I kind of liked it a little though because it made it feel very wintery and Christmasy.
Best we could get with the sun and cold.
We did find a good viewing area inside though.
We saw a lot of deer and elk as we drove around too.
And we couldn't not stop at this place although we didn't pay the money to tour the whole area. Just enjoyed the exterior as we looked for a bathroom. You know when you travel with an almost 5 year old and a pregnant lady you make a lot of bathroom stops.
Ahhh the Polar Express. Again we probably should have gotten there earlier and walk around a bit more because I am sure we missed out on a lot. But, we enjoyed our night immensely.
He was the cutest looking out the window during our train ride.
And look at these faces!
Pure joy while singing carols.
And along with singing they danced in the aisles. Jovie was all about that life.
Peyt was a little more reticent but participated once I stood up and danced with her.
They were more than happy to sing as loudly as possible though.
And I think Griff thought the whole thing was just madness. But he was along for the ride.