Miranda flew in from Honolulu to spend some time with her family, but (thank you Kunz family) I got to steal her away first for just a few short hours. Then Rachael and baby Mason showed up from Idaho Falls to spread the love. These amazing women are so special to me. For that matter, the time Todd and I had in Hawaii was so special to me. I was not prepared for the stretching and growth that would come during that time of my life, and these two were there for the a good portion of that journey. They have been there to dry my tears, laugh with me and help me appreciate the beauty in my surroundings (I mean REALLY appreciate it, if you live near a beach, you should go to it...often).
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never the same."
After a super yummy Arctic Circle lunch they had to go on their own way, and so did we. I had failed to tell Todd about our visitors (I wanted it to be a surprise) and we weren't ready to head out of town on our little families adventure until 4. Todd came home from work early so we could leave at 1, but we both agreed that it was well worth the delay.
The kids were very excited to get to drive in the truck for this trip.
Hey? What's wrong with a mini-van? Even kids at this age have a thing against them! We had heard that there were going to be delays up to 2 hours on I-15, so we took a road less traveled and followed the back side of Utah Lake. Sooooo peaceful and beautiful along that stretch of road. I have never taken it before and the kids loved seeing all of the animals.