Alan Meza and delivered to the airport at 6:30 am.
|All our bags are packed.|
|We are ready to go.|
|Cause, We'er leaving on a jet plane.|
|Don't know when we'll be back again.|
We had a short flight to Houston where we were met by Chris’ brother, Scott. We spent the night with him. Went to lunch and dinner and had a very nice visit. He dropped us off at the airport about noon on Tuesday for our final flight home.
|Chris and her brother Scott.|
|Saying goodbye at the airport in Houston.|
We were picked up at the airport by Kirstin, James’ wife and their two adorable kids. We drove to Orem and had dinner with James at his work. Wednesday we got up and I went with James to work and he sold us a car.
|This is what I found in the morning.|
We got all the paper work done and insurance bought and we were on our way to Charlotte’s by 10:00am. We unpacked and then went to the Stake Presidents to be released. It was a nice visit and we feel very blessed to have such great leaders.
|First morning at Charlotte's home I made Swedish pancakes.|
Thursday Our family tradition has been to go to Lagoon, an amusement park, for July 24th, Pioneer Day. We decided to take James and his family to Lagoon on the 23rd, because he had to work on the 24th. Well, Ginny had driven up from California to be with us and so she decided just to go both days. Lagoon has a deal where you can bounce back within 10 days of when you first go for a greatly reduced price. So Charlotte decided to take her kids also and then Jill decided to come for part of the day. So we had everyone, but Kate and her family and two dads. We arrived at 11:00am when it opened and left about 7:00pm.
|I didn't know standing in line for a ride at Lagoon could be so fun.|
|Rigby and Emme having fun at Lagoon.|
Badger, our oldest grandson, really wanted to go on the new roller-coaster ride, Cannibal. I walked over with him and stood in line for about an hour. The idea was that James would come over and take my place and ride with him. James backed out, so I stayed and rode with him. We were on the front row of the ride and it was intense. The first drop is an inverted 110 degree drop. I survived, just barely.
The Cannibal Ride at Lagoon click video link above.
Friday everyone was supposed to meet at 7:00 am to climb Ensign Peak, where the Pioneers first surveyed the Salt Lake Valley. Well, a few couldn’t get up that early and so we only had about half of the tribe.
|Not everyone made the hike up to Ensign Peak at 7:00am.|
|Beautiful morning and beautiful view.|
We then all met, except James’ family, at Lagoon for another day of fun and games. We stayed until 10:00pm. Eleven hours of fun is too much for old people like mom and me. We crashed in bed.
|The 24th at Lagoon.|
|More Lagoon fun.|
|Poppa and Abby loved the lazy river.|
|But Abby needed a nap after so much fun with Poppa.|
|Kimball, the one on the left, won the biggest prize.|
|Pizza for dinner, thanks to John.|
Trot Trot to Boston
On Saturday, I got mom up at 5:00am and we made our way into Salt Lake to go to the temple. The Bountiful temple is closed for maintenance. We had a very nice morning in the temple. We then drove to Highland to see our old mission president, Louis Latimer. He is 89. He was one of the temple presidents in Guatemala City about 15 years ago. It was fun to see him and his son Kyle and his wife, Mary, who we had met while we were in China.
|A great visit with our old Mission President, Louis Latimer.|
Then it was a little shopping and trying to get settled in a bit more. Sunday we went to church with Charlotte’s family and Ginny’s. We then all met at Kate’s home for the monthly dinner of all the siblings and grandkids. We are so thrilled to be with them all and so glad they continue this tradition.
|Sunday dinner at Kate's home.|
|The kids sure do enjoy playing together.|
|Emme and Nana enjoying homemade Cafe Rio salads.|
I can’t say it was a very relaxing reentry, but still very fun and now I get to start the remodeling projects that are on my list of things to get done before we leave.