Friday, April 18, 2008
She arrived home with a pile of messy projects, some with still-wet paint. They are destined to land in the recycle bin by day's end but I've allowed one to be displayed on the frig for now. She gave me a recap of her activities which included "Ring around the Rosies." I was curious if she'd remember Miss Betty so I asked, "What was your teacher's name?"
"Grandma." I'm sure that's not entirely wrong, she probably is someone's grandma and she certainly fits the visual of one. Natalie then added, "Mom, I 'ppreicate you got me to alphabet school."
After lunch she picked up the phone to call her imaginary friend, Sally. She pretended to dial, held the phone to her ear while cocking her head to the right and after a quick greeting said, "Sally, I 'ppreciate you to come over to my house to play."
Later, we needed to get ready to take Alyssa to gymnastics but Natalie had changed into shorts. Though she always prefers to be bare-legged, it's still too cold to wear shorts outside of the house. I asked her to change in preparation of our departure and she just replied, "Mom, I 'ppreciate you let me wear shorts."
It's nice that she seems to be so full of appreciation, but I don't really appreciate her using it as a means of getting her own way. She still had to change her clothes.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The new alumni building was especially enjoyable. If only there had been some action at the stadium, then my visit to my alma mater would've truly been complete.
Attending Conference was a highlight of the trip. Caleb was thrilled to see the prophet and listened quite well to the messages. Jon was excited to run into his mission president outside the conference center. We also enjoyed our stroll around Temple Square later in the week. Seth's baptism was a great occasion which reminded me of how blessed we are to have the gospel.
A fun sporting event makes any vacation complete. The Jazz game was the perfect way to end our week. Caleb screamed until he was hoarse and was thrilled to watch his favorite team win.
We were able to eat dinner with my parents on our way through town. It was nice to see my mom up and around after having surgery on her thumb. One of the main reasons for our Utah trip was to be able to meet up Jon's parents who just returned from their mission. Natalie really turned on the charm with Grandma and we all enjoyed visiting with both of them.
Jon and I both had lots of fun looking up our parents in the old BYU yearbooks that they have in the new alumni center. We weren't ever able to find a picture of Jon's dad but we found several of his mom and several of both of my parents.
This trip gave us lots of time to spend together as a family. Jon prefers to be the driver and since the car makes me so drowsy, I quite enjoy the passenger seat. It's the perfect match. There's no one else with whom I'd rather spend so many hours in the car. We all had our moments, Natalie had a few more than the rest of us, but overall, we really loved being together.
I love coming home after being away. I love that feeling of pulling into the driveway and then stepping into my own familiar dwelling. Natalie got carsick about an hour away from home so we had a mess to clean up and Jon's truck had a dead battery but as I climbed into my very own bed last night, none of it mattered. It felt so good to be back where I belong.