One of the nights we were there we went to Provo to have dinner with the Salvesens. (I may have not spelt that right) Dad baptized him on his mission and they have kept in contact since. When we went to Africa years ago I remember meeting them there and they have been to our house also. He is a really friendly, funny guy. It was fun to listen to him and my dad remembering. Thursday morning, we are now up to the 12th of April I have been gone 8 days, we stuffed our car full again. It was so nice of the Gardner's to let us stay. We had some time that morning so we made sure we washed the sheets and towels, vacuumed and so on. Next it was back down to Orem for my Grandpa Smith's 90th birthday party.
My Grandpa didn't really remember me. It was a little sad. This is my Grandpa with all his children but my Uncle Max who wasn't able to come. My Uncle Kevin is in the red. I haven't seen him since I was about 12. We sat in the front room with him and his wife and it was really fun. We talked about all sorts of stuff. Right after the party we drove to Kita's house. Every one keeps telling me it is a 5 hours drive but I swear that night it was 7. Ryan was not happy to be in the car, it was late at night, and we were all tired. When we FINALLY got there, Kita had dinner in the warmer and beds all ready. Friday is when we did most of our shopping. I love shopping with my sisters. Correction: I enjoy being with my sisters when they are shopping.:) I got a couple pair of great shoes, and a few things for the kids. Friday morning I played basketball with Kita. They had 11 people show up. It was so fun. I wish I could play here, I really miss it. On the way to the game she texted a friend to ask for a recipe. When we got done she had gotten one back saying what the recipe was and that the ingredients were on her front porch. Her friends do stuff like that all the time. They are really great. Maybe I need to be a better friend. Saturday Justin and Ty each had a baseball game.
Justin is the back catcher. He has played on the All-Star team in Boise and is really good.
You can barely see Ty out there in the field but he did a great job also. He is in the center with the orange writing. Kita chauffeured Natalie and I around to some stores and then I finally tried the orange chicken from Cheesecake Factory. I can see why it is a favorite of hers. Soooo good. Each morning Kita would make us the best smoothies. She put great stuff in them that I had never thought about. Kale and apples. Whole oranges and pears. Yum yum!!
Here Brynn is jumping on the tramp. She had her hair braided in two french braids. This girl has so much hair it is crazy. We were saying that is she could just give us 1/2 a braid it would double our hair and she wouldn't even miss it. And the prettiest blonde colors you have seen.
It was time to pack up and go back home. We had been gone a long time and fit in a ton of stuff. Natalie's kids were ready to see there dad, and I missed my family.
Kita had about 10 pages left in the book she wanted to send home with Natalie, so she came and hung out with us as we packed. We got up at 4:30 Sunday morning, stuffed that topper full for the last time and drove on home. The boys were great again, and except for me having to pee on the side of the road,which is a whole other story, it was a great trip home. I had a great time and am very glad I went. I did so many things that I had not been able to before or probably never will again. I am glad my parents let me tag along, that Dave and Myrna watched my kids, and that we made it all safely. When I got home Dave had a surprise for me. He had added a bunch of shelves and organized our closet. It looked so great.
And look I still have one shelf open. I guess I better go buy more shoes;)