After 1,089 miles, no one was really itchin' to get back in the vehicles so we spent our next day just hanging out at our new home, River Meadow Ranch.
The kids enjoyed their own downstairs living area with a big screen tv and a pool table.
The upstairs living/dining/kitchen area was spacious, to say the least. Just look at how tiny those two babies look in the vaulted-ceiling living room:
I'd have to say our favorite place though was probably the deck. Large enough for three tables and a swing with plenty of running room to spare, it was half covered, half not so you could catch a few rays and then scoot your chair back and enjoy a cocktail in the shade. Or, if you're not of age, a few monster trucks
Alarik took relaxation to a whole new level this week. He didn't usually nap during the day as he normally would, just caught 20 minute cat naps in the truck, but he made a habit of logging 12 hours at night.
Steph had brought along walkie-talkies and the kids had a great time playing "spies". Who doesn't love a walkie-talkie?
After Steph won the master suite with an 8-cut, divvying up the rest of the rooms was easy. The babies each slept in their respective parents' rooms. Bekah and Jade, being the only two girls, got their very own room upstairs. It often smelled of nail polish and/or nail polish remover and was a nice, quiet room for the most part.
The four older boys shared a downstairs bedroom and it got rowdy and smelly in there at times. They really let loose this first night and had themselves an underpants party. They even invited the babies!
And then the went outside and hunted prairie dogs in their underpants. With lacrosse sticks and giant tennis rackets. They didn't catch any, just in case you were wondering.
What a perfect place to stay with all these kids! There was an elk farm just a short walk away down one dirt road...
We had a campfire that night and could hear the longhorn cattle lowing, the elk bugling and a pack of coyotes yipping off in the distance. Then we could hear the pack of coyotes closer. Then we heard a few of them come even closer. And then we heard one lone coyote yip from no further away than the long grass on the other side of the road. The kids were wide-eyed and looking to the adults for reassurance. So was I.
Bekah and her stuffed eagle friend enjoyed smores and popcorn around the fire.
The boys enjoyed the treats too but they also reveled in the chance to show off their muscles by hauling firewood for all us ladies.
Day three was a perfect, relaxing day on the ranch.