Day 1- Saturday Aug. 7th:
Had an early flight, the lines were insane. Made it to boarding with two minutes to spare. Sat by a very nice couple, maybe in their fifties. The woman offered to give me a ride, babysit for me, and I could borrow her swimsuit if I mailed it back. Sad I didn't tell her I needed a kidney or money, pretty positive she would have given me her social security number if I'd asked.
Saturday night stayed up late visiting with friends.
Day 2- Sunday Aug. 8th:
Went to our old Utah ward. It was awesome and weird at the same time. Didn't want everyone to think I was staring at them, even if I was. Was so happy to know that I still knew the majority of people, that not everything had changed. Had a great night playing games with old friends, even if I lost. Badly.
Day 3- Monday Aug. 9th:
Was supposed to meet some friends at Chick-fil-A but one of them wasn't feeling so hot, so went to Parker's Drive In instead, and then to a park. Met Sheryl in real life for the first time. Her kids are absolutely adorable. And monkeys. Got Smart Cookies, they're still as sinful as ever. Mmmmmm. Also visited with my awesome friends Shanna and Laina. I miss them. :( Had family night with my aunt and uncle and cousins. We roasted marshmallows and starbursts and rode on scooters. Sweet!
Day 4- Tues. Aug. 10th:
Pretty positive I did something this day. But it completely escapes me. Tuesday night we head out to the Bee's game (AAA baseball team in Utah), it was awesome. Had a ton of fun watching them kick New Orleans butt and visiting with the family.
Day 5-Wed. Aug. 11th:
Met up with Michelle and Sheryl together this time, at Sheryl's house. Sheryl's house is gorgeous. And right in the middle of horrible road work. Wait to meet them for 40 MINUTES! Super annoyed. Want to punch someone in the face. Sheryl and Michelle are amazing. Michelle brings Chick-fil-A! Awesome. Michelle's brother Rick is hysterical and I want to carry him around in my pocket for forever. He throws a nugget at my car window when I drive by, I physically flinch away like a dork. We laugh like crazy. Go to Zupa's for dinner--yum. Head over to Shanna's for a sleepover with her and Laina.
Day 6- Thurs. Aug. 12th:
Have the most amazing conversations all night long, laughing and crying and laughing some more. Don't go to sleep until 4am. Shanna makes you breakfast, pancakes and bacon. Its her anniversary and still she's treating you. Hang out until the afternoon, have some time to kill so go to DownEast, and get disappointed that their prices suck. Go see your Katie friend and are shocked at how big her kids have gotten! Have to go to bed at 8:45 because you have a migraine from staying up so late the night before.
Day 7- Fri. Aug. 13th:
Head to classic skate in Sandy with all the cousins and their kids, watch them play for hours, laugh and talk and realize how lucky you are and how much you miss your kids too. Eat dinner out with the girl cousins, and head back to Angie's for games and glitter toes. Stay up late laughing your head off. Eat a Smart Cookie. :) Friday the 13th my butt. It was awesome.
Day 8- Sat. Aug. 14th:
Get up and start packing, clean things up and play wii with uncle Jim. Say goodbye to everyone and cry. Feel sad you didn't see more people, but miss your family and are ready to be a better mom and wife and happier person.
All in all, I would say this trip was absolutely perfect. I really needed to step back, take a breather and realize how lucky I am. Now I'm home and I'm ready to do what I need to do. It really was amazing and I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life!