Our venture south began with a pit stop at the new aquarium in Draper. This place has all the best animals, is totally wheelchair accessible, and all three of us got in for less than the price of one ticket to Monterey Bay. So we were jazzed. The penguins heard Nate was coming and prepared for him a dazzling spectacular full of swim races and high jump contests.
Next we went to visit our friend Presley and her family. Presley has SMARD just like Nate. We loved meeting them so much that as soon as we got home I started searching real estate in Orem.
Two SMARD kids and one SMARD carrier (little sister Charlotte, who I think Nate has a crush on).
I bet you can tell what is going to happen next here...
After we got home Nate asked me a million times if Presley and Charlotte could drive to our house to come play. I told him it was kind of far for them and he was like, well, we did it for them. So I guess he has a point. Mindy, why have you not hopped in the car for a visit yet??!
We stayed at a hotel in Provo and just tacked up a sheet between our two beds in hopes to get Nate to sleep at a decent hour without being distracted by the wild partying of his parents. The first night we put him to bed and almost instantly we heard a little voice calling from the other side of the sheet to his aunt and uncle. "Brian! Lisi!! I need more of you!" Nate tried to keep the party going but by the looks of it Lisi just wanted to be left alone.
Every night Nate tested the limits of his vent's ability to prevent suffocation by sleeping like so.
We dined at all of our old haunts which we loved but was super boring for the kid only eats through a feeding tube. I generously provided him with a bread basket to keep him happy at Gloria's and he found countless things to do with it, including "playing baseball". It took me a second to realize what he meant by that.
We visited Uncle Bryan's work and rode the company golf cart around. A highlight for Nate and fans of wind-swept hair everywhere.
We went to the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point, which was a great museum, but for Nate it just didn't stack up to the one in Ogden. He just wanted to rush through it to get to the outside statue dinosaurs that don't exist there.
Stay tuned for the last of our journey...