Utah Trip

Our main trip this summer was driving to St. George Utah for a family reunion. It was a reunion for my mom’s side of the family, and we really wanted to go since we haven’t been able to make the last couple of reunions. Am I glad that we went? Yes. It was important for me to see family, and we were able to stop and say hello to a couple of close friends, but this trip was quite the experience. Here is how it all went down.

  • Chris and I had planned a two night get away right before our Utah trip. My wonderful in-laws came to watch the kids. Sofia had been really sick with fever for a few days (which we later figured out was the beginning of hand, foot, mouth) before they got to Corvallis, so I was feeling weird about leaving. I also came down with pink eye at the last minute (had to run to urgent care to get eye drops), and Miriam was also recovering from an ear infection and fever.
  • We decided to still go and the insistence of my in-laws, although we cut our coast trip to one day. Chris and I had a wonderful time together. We explored the beach, slept in until 9:00 in the morning, watched a movie. We really needed that time together.
  • We came home and Sofia still wasn’t feeling well. We contemplated calling off our Utah trip. At this point, we have taken Sofia to the Dr. two times, and they don’t know what is wrong with her. They ruled out Uti and strep, but they never even considered hand, foot, mouth.
  • The next morning we woke up and she was doing much better and had more of an appetite, so we decided to go.
  • One day into our trip Sofia is doing much better, but now the fever is starting in Gabe. Yikes. Gabe pretty much had a bad fever (around 103 each night) for most of our trip. Sofia and Gabe lost a few pounds, because by the end of hand, foot, mouth, they had horrible blisters all over the outside and inside of their mouths, making them have zero desire to eat.
  • Chris was a champ and stayed behind a lot of the time at the condo with Gabe while I took the girls to do family stuff.
  • Even with all of the chaos of sickness and grumpy kids at the end of travels, I think that Chris and I held it together pretty well. ¬†We got very little sleep the whole trip, which usually turns me into crazy/grumpy mom, but I think we all made the best of the situation that we could and enjoyed ourselves still. If I would have known that Sofia had hand, foot, mouth, and how highly contagious that is, we probably would have stayed home, but you live and you learn.

4 generations of Skinner women.

We stopped by temple square. Poor Gabe was really not feeling well at this point.


Thanks so much for the patience and help of family and friends on this trip. Thank you so much to my wonderful in-laws who left our house clean for us so we didn’t have to come to the chaotic home that we left behind.



Sarabeth - July 28, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Well look at you go with the blog posts! I can relate to what you said a few posts back about summer being a bit crazy and being ready for things to slow down. Thankfully for us, August should be more laidback than July has been.

I really can’t get over how much older Miriam is looking! And I love Sofia with bangs.

Long trips with little kids are hard regardless, but especially when you add in sickness! But you and Chris are such a good team (aren’t hands-on husbands the best?!), and yes, it is always good to visit family you rarely see.

Ummm…do you text? If so, text me your number again. I still want to call you!

Rachel - July 29, 2012 - 2:13 pm

I heard that Corvallis is having a hand, foot and mouth epidemic right now I feel badly but I haven’t let Seamus go to the library or the Play Factory for about 3 weeks. I’m terrified he’s going to get it (and so will Eleanor). It sounds awful.

adrienne w. - July 29, 2012 - 8:49 pm

Macartney had hand, foot, and mouth when she was a toddler. It was pretty miserable, but she didn’t actually get them in her mouth, which is good. I just remember the fever and general not feeling good was the worst for her. That’s too bad that it put a damper on your trip.

Kelsey - July 29, 2012 - 9:24 pm

I think it’s been a little too long since we’ve seen you. Miriam looks like a big kid now!

kara - August 1, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Sarabeth, are you still going to Klamath at the beginning of August? Let me know if you want to be fed, and you could stop for a meal and to say hello.
You are wise. It was seriously one of the worst things my kids have gotten, because the fever just won’t go away.
Yes, not to mention that fact that we haven’t even met one of your kids!!