One day you are stressing about deadlines, kids’ lost homework, and if you will ever have a bathroom again and then something happens that makes you forget about all that. I found out last week that my uncle has passed away after years and years of struggling with a debilitating illness. He served in Vietnam and they think his illness was due to exposure to agent orange. My uncle was an incredible man and I was happy that my family and I were able to travel to Idaho to his funeral.
We spent the whole day with my family on my dad’s side. The funeral was beautiful and we had lots of time to talk about the past and chat about the future. It was a hard day, and yet it was very good in a way too.
I traveled to the funeral on my birthday and since we had originally planned to have a staycation of sorts in Salt Lake City sometime this month, we decided to stay an extra day in Idaho and do something fun there instead. So once all of my extended family left, we traveled up to Rexburg where my husband and I went to college.
Along the way there is a nature preserve. There is a part you drive through and a small petting zoo area. My boys were in wilderness heaven!
*Oh you know, there is just a deer eating my dress! *And my favorite was a stunning (rare) white elk. *My 3 year old could have cared less about the “wild” animals. He just kept hugging the pygmy goats. My older boys kept saying “We have those at home. Come see the deer!” *My middle son is obsessed with wolves and was super excited to see this one that walked right in front of our van.
We stayed the night at a hotel with an indoor swimming pool. My boys have only stayed in a hotel a few times and had never swam in an indoor pool before (yes, I know…we need to get out more).
The next day we visited the campus where my husband and I met. We dragged the kids to every building, apartment, restaurant, garden, and bench that had any meaning to us and bored them to tears with stories of “the glory days”.
Check out my 3 year old. I am guessing we are now entering the “make a weird face when you see a camera” phase.
My husband and I met at church the first Sunday I was at Ricks College (which is now called BYU Idaho…..but it will always be Ricks to me). It was his last year and my first year. At the end of the school year he took me for ice cream and asked me to be his girlfriend. Good times :)