We just got back from our amazing and memorable trip home. It was a bit of a whirl wind, and I can't believe we're already back. We took LOTS of photos, so I'm doing a few posts. Brace yourselves for cuteness overload!
Kayla has already traveled quite a bit in her young life and has generally done pretty well. This was her first time flying when she was old enough to know what was happening very well and she was so excited!! She loved watching the planes at the airport and watching the clouds in the air. She kept saying that she was flying like a birdie! Tyson did great, but he's at the perfect age to travel.
We debated about what to take to make transporting the kids easiest. We couldn't fit the double stroller and didn't want the hassle, so the kids shared the single stroller. Kayla thought it was cool but Tyson didn't love Kayla grabbing him and bugging him.
We arrived in SLC at 12:30 AM, which was 1:30 Texas time. Rachel picked us up and we stayed at their house for a day. The kids did pretty well in spite of the crazy hours and lack of sleep.
We were watching the weather quite closely because the day we flew out, there was a big storm. We had to quickly change our packing plans and find warmer clothes for the kids. It was all worth it though, when Kayla got to build a snowman with Daddy and her cousin Dallin. She loved building Olaf and didn't seem too bothered by the cold! When he melted that afternoon, she kept saying that "Olaf fell down." :(
Kayla and Jake are about 7 months apart and quickly formed a love/hate relationship! There was a struggle over toys but I loved watching Kayla get to spend time with her cousins. They got to play dress-up, dance, read books, and Kayla got spoiled by all the attention. We really wish we lived closer to family!
We went to Provo for lunch on Thursday and met up with several of Brett's friends from school. It was fun seeing them and catching up, but I didn't think to snap a photo, unfortunately. We were excited though because one of his friends is likely moving close to us!
Haley took a day off work and headed down to SLC to bring us up to Idaho. We were so thankful! Thanks to FaceTime, Kayla knows everyone pretty well, making the trip that much better because she warmed up to everyone pretty quickly. We stopped at Maddox in Brigham City, as we always do and it didn't disappoint! When we arrived in Pocatello, we went to Tastee Treat to meet Grandpa Kelly's fiance! We enjoyed the best ice cream around and fell in love with Sheryl. She's such a sweetheart and we are so happy for her and my dad!
I went out with my sister that evening to get my hair highlighted and cut while Brett got the kids all ready for the wedding on Saturday. Brett's mom is living in the house she grew up in and it was neat that Tyson was bathed by Grandma Jean in the same tub she was bathed in as a baby!
We drove to Logan on Saturday morning for the sealing of my dad and Sheryl. It was a lovely ceremony and we were so grateful to be able to be there. Our friends Mark and Emily came over to the temple to watch the kids while we went inside and we loved visiting with them. Kayla loves their son Noah and followed him around like a puppy! It was a year ago that she was following him around the same temple grounds for Haley's wedding. :)
|Noah and Kayla now|
|Noah and Kayla 1 year ago|
We got to see a lot of my dad's family, which was wonderful. Unfortunately, I didn't snap many photos.
After the sealing, we had a great visit with Great Grandma Renie! She's such a sweet lady and loves to spoil the kids. I'm glad they've both gotten to meet and spend time with her.
We then headed back to Pocatello for a little celebration with Sheryl's family and ours. It was wonderful to get to know her family. Kayla had fun with the other kids but was terrified of their little dog. She also had fun getting in lots of cuddle time with Aunt Haley and Uncle Jon.
|Cutting the cake!|
On Sunday, we headed to Soda for a quick trip to drop my mom's car off to her. We caught the end of her Stake Conference and had lunch in Soda. On our way out, we stopped to see the Geyser. Kayla loved the big fountain! She warmed up to Grandma's kitty a little bit after being really nervous.
I really love my hometown!! Its a small farming/mining community but it has a lot of uniquely wonderful attractions! How many people can say they have a geyser?
We headed back to Pocatello that afternoon and were able to spend some time with Brett's family in Pocatello. His cousin Ashley has kids that are both 5 weeks older than our two kids so that is fun! Kayla and Kate had some fun together.
More Idaho fun to be continued.......