The very next weekend, we headed down to Milton-Freewater for Stormee's baby shower. I always love going to Milton-Freewater because it brings back so many childhood memories.
This guy was being a stinker the whole way. Man, I don't know what I'm going to do with him. I love him so much but he is BAD. He laughs when he gets punished and he does things exactly the opposite of what he knows that I want him to do.
Also, the weather decided to get REALLY hot the day we left so I had to turn on my AC for the first time of the year. Of course, when I turn it on, it doesn't work. And it was 78 degrees! We had to ride the whole 3 hours with awful heat in our van. It was a nightmare.
We finally got to M-F and met grandma at McDonalds to have some nice cold Ice cream cones after being in a heater for three hours.
Grandma took the kids for a few hours so I could immediately go meet Stormee for her Maternity photo shoot. Grandma took the kids to the park while I was gone and I found out after that they did some fishing with a random guy named
My mom took these pictures and I was a little concerned that this man was helping my child so closely fish in this random nasty pond.
But Tucker caught a fish and he was SOOOO excited! Totally legit way of fishing, too with a stick and a string and all!! :)
Meanwhile, this is what I was doing....
Ben thought that this maternity outfit was totally ridiculous; I thought it was fun and I've seen a lot worse. He's not used to seeing things like this. Anyway, I thought Stormee looked beautiful. It was just fun to spend the evening with Jr, Lisa, Stormee,Trinidy, Larissa, Allee and Shalisse.
They were all there and we were having a great time at Lisa's parents house in their orchard taking the pictures, but I did notice that one MAJOR person wasn't there, Nick.
Allee, Grandma Scudder, Shalisse, Trin, Stormee, Lisa and Larissa:
Anyway, Lisa told me later that Nick and Stormee were seperated, that Stormee kicked him out just the week before. He was totally abusive and had threatened to kill her and all this nasty stuff. I felt so bad for her. I mean, not surprising, but just sad. This time of her life should be happy for her, and I could tell she was just sad.
Anyway, we took that little fish back to Scott and Kathy's and Papa and Uncle Scott taught them how to gut a fish. They were pretty impressed....haha!
The plan was to fry up those fish, but then Kathy told us that the fish from that pond are so dirty they shouldn't be touched. So, we quickly threw that thing away and Tucker totally understood! :)
The kids love Uncle Scott so much. Uncle Scott and Tucker always stay up late and eat ice cream together when we stay there. Tucker looks forward to it every time. We had a nice relaxing morning and Stormee's shower was in the afternoon.
Stormee's shower was so nice, it was at the Walla Walla Country club and it was so nice. Larissa, Lisa, Shalisse, Allee, Storm and Trin are so fun. I rode over with Kathy and Kathryn and we had a great time. They made me drive my dads truck and that was an adventure. :)
Me, Stormee, Kathy and Kathryn; just some Campbell girls...
Stormee & Kathy...
And Stormee with her two grandmas:
And cute Trinidy and Aunt Kathy...
And that's really when when the shit hit the fan, so to speak. The rest of the weekend kind of sucked. My mom watched the kids again while I was at the shower, and after I called her to see where we could meet up so I could get the kids back. Also....on a side note; Mr. Kramer had told Tucker that he should go to 'the Modern' for dinner while we were there. He said he used to go there as a kid with his grandparents. And it was so crazy because as soon as he said he wanted to go there and what Mr. Kramer had told him, I had the exact same memory from when I was a kid. We used to go to the Modern with my grandparents when I was a kid for like birthday's and such. Anyway, my mom kept on telling Tucker that she would take him and we had decided on Saturday night. So, after the shower I called my mom to tell her we were done and she tells me that she wants to take the kids to Randy Michelle's house for a BBQ. WOW. Long Long story short. I was infuriated. I didn't even know if I was invited, I felt like I was put in a really awkward place and that she knew about this BBQ all along and was just stringing us along telling us about going to the Modern. So, I told her that but she was already on her way to the BBQ, and so the kids went, and I didn't really have a say. The BBQ started at 6:30 and it was 6 and they were on their way already, so we decided that she would stay there until 7 and we would meet then at The Modern. I really didn't care about going to the Modern, I was just pissed that she railroaded me. I went into the weekend really wanting to be ok with her life and wanting to be open to being a part of her and her husbands like and maybe getting to know him, but after this weekend, I realized that I need more time to digest everything (even though it's been years)!
Anyway, we had to get a picture with the sign to show Mr. Kramer. And luckily the kids still had a great time doing whatever, and they were clueless about anything going on.
They ended up spending the night with grandma that night because it was already arranged, but I think that in the future, I will just keep these guys with me when we're in M-F.
But we did meet up with everyone and go to the Maple Counter in Walla Walla, and it was really good!
The whole gang: Jr. Kathryn, Dad, Kara, Tucker, Scott, Kathy, Jackson, Mom and Taylor:
After the night before I was ready to get on the road and get home. I love my family but I was just feeling so negative, I was ready to get home. It really was so fun to see Scott and Kathy and spend time with the Campbell's. The photo shoot and the baby shower was so fun and I love that my kids love my aunt and uncle so much. And I am glad that they got to spend time with my mom, I just wish it wasn't so awkward with her and I wish I didn't feel so deceived.