Family and Nature and Love, Oh My! Washington Trip :)

So this last weekend we were super lucky to be able to go to Washington for a celebration with Adam’s family. Stacey is an angel and bought us plane tickets to come see everyone since Adam only got a couple days off of work.



I love Adam’s family. I have been so blessed with my in laws. I have felt so welcomed and loved since day 1. And that has included his extended family as well. We were there for his Grandpa Bird’s 80th birthday, and I felt like I fit right in with all the bagillion cousins and grandchildren. It was really neat seeing his huge family and interacting with them. We were quite the clan! We went out to dinner and basically reserved half the restaurant. Haha.

Bailey was in heaven. There were so many kids for her to play with, and at least 4-5 were around her age! She loved it. Fit right in.

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We definitely made those 3 days worth it. We played games in the yard until the sun went down, had many meaningful conversations, good food with good company, and we went out to the farm where Adam spent many of his childhood summers. At the farm we road on four wheelers, zip lines, had a weenie roast, and sat around the fire talking with loved ones. Bailey went on the four wheeler thingy with us! SHE LOVED IT! Haha I think we have an adrenaline junkie on our hands (great…) because she was angry when we stopped riding around the apple orchards and dirt roads. She wanted to ride all day! I even helped her do the zip line that his uncle Bryan rigged in the back yard haha. She was in her element. I think she would be very happy being out in nature and having some land….we might have to do something about that one day πŸ˜‰

I just loved it. Loved the family time and doing girl things with Adam’s 9 year old cousin Trinity. We did nails, makeup, friendship bracelets, and dress up. Bailey is pretty fun to dress up…just sayin. I loved the nerf games that we played in the backyard where Ally, John, Adam, Aaron, and I would throw it to each other in crazy ridiculous ways. All while trying not to trip over the 6 kids in the yard around us. I loved the dinner table conversation and the look on the waiter/waitress face when they saw our huge family come into the restaurant. I loved being able to hold a pet snake that was super jittery and was almost jumping all over me…and then watching it eat a mouse. (Okay maybe that one was more interesting than it was ‘loved’ haha) I loved riding around the orchards while Bryan tagged them, and him and John riding dirt bikes that covered our faces in a layer of thick dust. I loved hanging out in his Uncle Marshall’s backyard and just talking for hours. Β I loved the crazy time it took to get everyone for a decent picture together…reminded me of my family πŸ˜‰ haha. I loved the funny stories that his grandma and grandpa would tell, and how sassy and hilarious they were.

I am glad to be adopted into this crazy family of his πŸ™‚

P.S. I do have to say though….Ally may be right about her feeling that the Denver airport is cursed, because on our way home there was a tornado warning that shut down the airport right before we were supposed to land. We flew around in the air for a while before we had to divert to Casper, Wyoming to refuel. We refueled and thankfully were finally able to make it to Denver. We had had a 3 hour layover planned in Denver…and we barely made it to our connection. Bailey was quite the trooper! She was lucky enough to fall asleep right when we were landing in Casper…so she didnt have to be angry about being stuck on the unmoving airplane for over an hour before we took off again. Haha. Good times.

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These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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