Out of the norm
Grace. It’s always our pleasure to take our little family up to Grace. We enjoy that tiny, stoplight-less town and all of its charm so very much. Scott’s grandparents are from Grace and though they’ve spent most of their married life in bigger cities, their hearts couldn’t keep away, so they bought a second home back where there roots are. In recent years his Aunt and Uncle have built a vacation home up there as well. So now we take full advantage of all the places to stay, the short three-hour drive and the break from the suburbs to visit our favorite little town. I still remember the first time I watched Scott on his grand parents tree swing with baby Scarlett on his lap and that Grace sunset glowing in the background. I knew there would always be a place in my heart saved just for that tiny town. On this last visit, Scott worked while the kids and I played. He made visits to clients in near by Idaho areas. We sat on the back deck of Uncle Rick and Aunt Kristen’s for hours, counting cows, picking wild flowers and playing trucks and Barbies with the country wind blowing in our hair. It was so magical for little Scarlett who is starting to really enjoy “adventures”, which to her, is anything out of her normal routine. Wandering with cows is most definitely out of her normal routine. She was in heaven.
After three nights of Grace, we went on to Jackson Hole. A place everyone talks about, but I myself, had never been. What a fun town! There were moments where I felt like we stepped onto the set of an old western movie. Then there were times where we were so engrossed in all the nature around us that it almost felt like a camping trip… Well a camping trip with beds and bathrooms. Although, the condo we rented did give off a real“camping” vibe. My dear sweet Scott did not look at pictures before renting. I’m not super hard to please, but this was just a pretty shotty joint! Scott is so cute and always tries to make the best of situations. At first he admitted to it being a little on the “run-down” side but said it would make for better memories. Then after a couple nights he said he actually liked it because the dusty plug in fan put him to sleep really well! That made me laugh and then fall more in love with the guy. He’s so easy to please.
But the charm of Jackson, the delicious little eateries and the outdoorsy activities were so delightful. Even if people looked at us like we were nuts for having three kids so close in age (apparently tourists have never seen such a circus). We loved Jackson.
As I mentioned on Instagram, our kids are not at an easy age for travel. There’s a lot of fussing, sleeping issues, lugging around sticky exhausted kids. But I love seeing them explore and discover new things. I love watching them appreciate or be amazed by something they’ve never seen before. I hope they grow up with an itch to get out of the norm and see the world. Someday we will take them to places a little further than Idaho and Wyoming. But in the mean time, and even in the years to come, those places are perfect.