I am so glad that we made the trip. With us there it made it so that ALL of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren made it! Obviously a funeral is a hard time, especially when nobody was expecting it. I am glad that my grandma was able to meet each of my girls (even if not all together). I am glad that I traveled to AZ with my mom in November with Camille so that she had the chance to meet her great-grandma and that I was able to visit with her.
Here are a few pictures of our trip…it was great to be able to see lots of family that we don’t normally get to see.
|Swimming with Grandma Deb at the hotel in NM|
|At the service...all of the grandkids and great-grandkids (my girls)|
|The family...everybody is looking, except for those trying to get my children under control (imagine that!)|
|Camille and Great-grandma Bowen...cuties!!!|
|Lounging at the pool with Kristi|
|Hannah playing with Papa|
|And Alli joining in on the fun!|
|Yes, we are in the desert! And the ground isn't covered with snow and ice and we can wear shorts...|
|Posing for the camera|
|Our family :)|
|Loving her daddy time|
|Cute girls enjoying the sun!|
|Alli's turn with Daddy!|
|Mommy and her girls|
|This is more typical of our family pictures. Cammile is trying to escape, Allison is upset that Hannah is on Dad's shoulders and we are ALL having fun!|
Our original goal for Spring Break (before the road trip came up) was to head to Omaha and attend the temple a few times. Instead of the Winter Quarters temple, Nate and I took turns attending the temple along the way.
First up was the Mesa AZ Temple. Nate met up with his brother, Wade, while I took my turn in the temple. The girls loved seeing Uncle Wade!
|Thanks for breakfast Uncle Wade!|
|Checking out the visitor's center|
|I had to take this picture of Camille in the grass at the temple because is was her FIRST time sitting in the grass. That is what happens when it is winter and you live in Iowa!!!|
Then we had to make a short detour to visit the Grand Canyon.
|At this point I'm pretty much exhausted! But at least the view is nice!|
|They are on the top of the world|
|See...we were really there!|
Next up: Monticello, UT and Nate’s turn at the temple!
|Hannah's pouting...and daddy is helping!|
|Hannah's a photographer|
Last stop before home…the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument! It is the huge bridge thing over I-80 that we drive under EVERY time we head to CO and we always just talk about stopping. It is about at the half-way point on our usual drive from IA to CO, but they have weird hours and it has just never worked out. So, even though we were all super tired, we decided to check it out since it was finally open!
|You can kind of see the arch behind us-bad picture!|
|Here's the arch with Interstate 80 running right underneath!|