It didn't take us long the next day to get to North Dakota:
We drove without much problems or stories most of the morning. We stopped in Bismark, ND for a break, gas and snacks from a gas station. That's when Ryan popped off with "I love candy!"... He's definitely his momma's son - I have such a sweet tooth! As we drove from Bismark to Dickinson we texted updates of our location to Ross' dad so they knew when we were arriving. We gained an hour due to the time change and gained about 30 minutes due to mom's great driving skills (ok, I was a bit fast) :)
Ryan chose to sit in the back the 2nd day... but he still didn't want his picture taken:
Finally got a smile... I don't remember how:
We arrived at Ross' house and went down to the basement where he was working out with his dad and surprised him. We were all happy to be there and to see Hockey Ross again.
We hung out at the house and played bubbles, legos, trains, etc. We also went for a little trip for Reid to shoot some hockey pucks and Ryan to ride on a tractor with Gregg (Ross' dad). They really liked that and thought it was cool that we ALL piled in Cher (Ross' jeep Cherokee) to get there so Reid, Simin (Ross' mom), and Meryl (Ross' sister) were in the back part. Ryan had to sit back there with Ross on the way home.
The boys had so much fun playing bubbles with Simin and Meryl. Can you believe this girl is going to be an 8th grader? She's so tall... and GORGEOUS! (I got a better picture of her on the next day).
The first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was at 6:00 so we went back to the house to watch the game and hang out. Ryan was melting down BIG TIME and ended up passing out before 7:00 and slept through the night in his clothes.
The boys watching the hockey game...
Ryan... after I finally forced him to sit down... passed out - not quite 7:00 (although mountain time so almost 8:00 central):