My oldest niece turned 8 this year. (which I totally can't believe!) I have been looking forward to attending her baptism since pretty much forever - and when we found out our 10 year high school reunion was the very next weekend we decided to take our brand new baby and our three-year-old on a crazy 10-day vacation home to Idaho.
We ended up leaving a day early, because we wanted Walt to be able to enjoy some time with his cousins. We had been on the road for around 3 hours when this happened:
About three hours and a LOT of money later, we headed to Boise. We got there at around 2am, and Walt was still awake. It was not a great night, but we were so glad we left when we did, and that we could wake up the next morning to this:
The next day, Stella was baptized by her dad into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
We were so proud of Stella! She's a bright, happy, and incredibly generous little girl. It was also a great opportunity to teach Walt about the gospel. The Monday before we left, we had a family home evening lesson all about baptism and told him what to expect and what it all meant. He loved it, and kept talking about the baptism for days. I'm very grateful for the gospel, for the way it helps me lead my life and guide my children, and for eternal families.
We had so much fun with my parents for a few days. Walt's favorites were playing with Mr. Potato Head, eating ice cream out of homemade waffles cones (my Mom is amazing), and jumping on the tramp.
Halfway through the week, we changed venues to the Burgeners house. Since they didn't come to the blessing, this was the first time most of them had met Zuzu.
Landon's brothers were awesome enough to come up from Utah so we could all be together for a few days. It turned into a Burgener Family reunion.
Walt's favorite thing was meeting his cousin Brigham for the first time.
|Mom, I have TWO babies!!|
Landon's parents recently started construction on their dream home in a different part of Rexburg. So this trip was the last time Landon will ever be in his childhood home. He doesn't seem too sad, but I think I'd be emotional about it! Anyway, we took some photos in front of the home before everyone left.
Isannah also got to meet her Great-Grandparents on the Wilkes side:
It was great to have a fun filled few days with the Burgeners!
That same day, we went to our high school reunion (which I'll blog about separately, this is too long already!). Then, we headed home bright and early Sunday morning so that Landon could get back for a meeting on Monday. We've never done the Rexburg/Seattle drive in one day before. I have to say, it was pretty brutal. I much prefer going through Boise and hanging out with my sister first. But, since we didn't have a choice, we went the northern way and had some fun and spectacular views:
Sadly, I got a bit excited about a scenic loop and we got lost and home an hour later than we should've. By the end of the day, we were so done!
We never, ever regret the effort, money, and craziness that it takes to go home for a visit. Sometimes it takes me a few days to recover from the drive home, but I always look back so fondly on the memories we're able to create. It's really important to me that Walt and Zuzu have a good relationship with our extended family, and especially with their grandparents. I guess it's working, because Walt keeps asking me when we're going back to Idaho! We can't wait for Christmas. :)