The moment I stepped off the plane I felt like I had never left. No long dreary, gray skies, lonely winter I had just endured by myself. I felt what it was like to feel comfortable again. It was a great feeling. I loved every moment.
Day 1- my kids flew very well. Aly is very busy but didn't make too much noise. No dirty looks from grumpy people who either don't remember or who haven't experienced young children:) It was uneventful which is a good day in my life:)
When we arrived at the airport we were greeted by Dawn, Mackay, Kenzie, Hayden, Josh, and Megan signs, balloons, and most of all familiar faces. It was overwhelming and I cried.
That night I spent the evening with my dad. I had asked that I could have a moment in my mom's house without the whole clan. It was a nice evening. I looked around and tried to picture my mom in places I had remembered. She always sat at her computer and as I would enter her house she'd yell, "Hello!!!" She wasn't there:(
Dad took me to Cafe Rio for a pork salad that I had been missing. It hadn't changed and I almost ate the whole thing knowing it would be a while until I could have another.
We visited the cemetery and talked about mom. We both miss her and I needed to hear that.
Day 2- We had a BBQ at my dad's house. It was then that I met Roe England (my dad's soon to be wife). I'm sure many of you are wondering how that went. I was a little nervous to meet her and I think she was equally nervous to meet me. She is wonderful. She was very sweet and sensitive when we talked about my mom which is something I truly appreciate. She fits in our family nicely and I am happy that she makes my dad happy.
my dad has snakes in his back yard....YUCK!!
Day 3- We went to Kamryn's (my niece) birthday party at Jungle Jim's. And then had a bridal shower for my brother's wife Stephanie. I wish I had pictures of the shower because my sister is very talented at throwing a party. Someday I'll get her to set up a blog. Her ideas are worth sharing:)
Day 4- We went to church in Lehi to see all our old friends. I miss them so much. Misti and Jason had put together a BBQ for us after church . Jane got to play with her best friend Emma. She was in heaven and so was I:)
Then we went to my sister Ashley's house for a joint birthday party. Tobe's birthday is in May so he was lucky this year to celebrate it with the family. He couldn't wait to open all his presents and Uncle Josh and Aunt Megan found the Toby Train that we had been looking for for years. What a surprise!! He loved it!!
Day 5- Dawn and I ran errands and met Joshie and Megan for lunch (just like old times except we were missing mom).
Day 6- We had dentist appointments. The kids thought this was a mean trick that they had to go to the dentist on vacation but Uncle Aaron is kind enough to take care of all our dental needs:)
Later on I met up with my good friend Jenna. We went to dinner and shopped the mall.
Day 7- was an open day as well. Jane spent the day and night at Kamryn's house so I could have a break and in the evening I went to my dad's house to eat dinner with Dad and Roe.
the kids had a blast pulling Molly around. Poor Molly:(
Day 8- Brett came in this day. He missed his connecting flight (don't ask:) so he was a little late getting in but he made it just in time for the Bachelor Party for Adam. I went to dinner with Kami, Adrian, and Staci. Brett was busy getting in trouble by the Draper police for shooting an Air Soft gun in my dad's backyard. Somedays I wonder if he'll ever grow up:) I guess he keeps me young right?
Day 9- Brett and I went to the cemetery and then to the mall with Josh and Megan. I needed to find a dress and the kids wanted to ride the Merry-Go-Round which is a fav of ours. The boy working the carousel let the kids ride 6 times. They laughed every time it stopped and started back up again. It was so funny!! Then we let them play in the Dino Land.
That evening was the wedding dinner for Adam and Stephanie. It was nice. Josh and Dad had to give a toast which had me missing mom. Her absence was felt this night. As I watched Dad and Roe walk to his car after the dinner I thought, "What is wrong with this picture. Where is Mom?" But the thought of him walking to his car alone seemed worse. I am glad he's not alone now.
Josh's vest was a little snug. He was heading home to go running and take a laxative to fit into it in the morning:) It didn't work Joshie!!
Day 10 - Wedding Day!! It was so neat to be in the temple with my family. My mom's chair was empty and so many times I wanted to run over there and say, "Hi Mom!!" but that would be creepy. I knew she was there and I knew she saw me. I didn't want to leave the temple. I could have stayed forever.
two little trouble makers
the groomsmen attire
Jane's flower girl dress
Dad and Roe
The happy couple
Tobe and Hayden at the reception. They looked so handsome.
Jane was in heaven dreaming of her wedding someday:)
Day 11- we went to Lehi again and visited with our friends. Brett hadn't seen them yet.
Day 12- We headed back to Indiana. :(
It was so fun to be with our family and friends this week. We love you all and can't wait to see you in a month!!
Thanks to all of you who made this trip wonderful!!