...And almost all of Brigham's AND my extended family.
So we left. On a 14+ hour drive. With a two kids that get carsick, and a four month old. That hates his car seat.
I was very afraid.
Luckily the little man did better than I could have ever hoped for. He mostly slept and ate. No long crying spouts.
We did break up the drive halfway, and that probably saved us.
Despite staying at a hotel, my mom and I got NO sleep. Due to constant updates about my sister-in-law's progress during labor, dumb, dumb, dumb hospital staff and doctors that ruined her birth experience, laying in bed worrying about it all, and Brigham hogging the covers and snoring, I kind of wished we had kept driving.
Once in Utah we were dropped of at Brigham's dad's house while my mom went on to be with Scott, Polyanna, and baby Chloe, newly delivered that morning.
Later that day I caught I ride with my sister to Provo and met my niece!
She is my first niece/nephew on my side of the family, and it was really special for me. I have been WAITING. Despite an unnecessary c-section, and horrible mistreatment, a rough go at nursing at first, they are recovering well.
Back at Dan and Nonie's house we surprised all of Brigham's brothers. We hadn't told them Brigham was coming, and let them think otherwise. Then when we pulled into town on April Fools, it was the perfect, happy trick.
Brigham and I were able to meet our niece, Raegan, and our nephew, Andrew, for the first time.
I loved seeing Brigham with his family. I know he misses them so much - so do I - and he was in heaven. We were missing his older brother and family, so that was sad - we felt their absence - but we tried to enjoy what we had. Those brothers with their babies, I mean, my heart grew three sizes.
Another bonus of our spring break trip, was that it was General Conference weekend. First I was able to spend a girl's night with my mom and sister-in-law, Katrina, and my kids during priesthood session. We walked around temple square and city creek mall. It was so nostalgic for me to walk around my old stomping ground and see all the places I used to go when I lived in Salt Lake City for two years. Including where Brigham and I met: the Church Office Building. I miss that place sometimes.
Now that my brother, Kyle, has moved back to Utah and started working for the church, he has an "in" and got conference tickets. I didn't think I'd be able to go, but he called me up Sunday morning and said, get here now and come to Sunday morning session. I was still in bed and had only thirty minutes to shower and get there, with a twenty minute drive to go. Lets say I've never showered and done my makeup, or sped so fast to get somewhere in my life. And though my hair was wet and a wreck, I made it and it was wonderful.
Attending conference with my two brothers, hearing the prophet speak, feeling the sweet Spirit, and knowing that we were gathered with people of one heart and one mind was truly renewing.
After conference we had a BIG family dinner with Brigham's family.
Cindy didn't want to be captured on camera, but a hand over the face is good enough. And talk about babies!
Us three ladies had to be captured with our little ones. Raegan was six months, Kendrick was almost four months, and Andy was almost three. Cousins so close in age. If only they could all be close in proximity as well.
Trying to get a GOOD picture of all three together was hard, cute, hilarious, and impossible.
But this is as awesome as it gets.
That night Brigham flew back to Washington so that he could go to work the next day. It was sad. So sad.
Also, we discovered that cousin Abby got pink eye so we weren't able to do quite as much with them as we wanted. Especially when Lydia threw up in the car on the way to the park to play with them. So we hit a few snags and bumps, but we did the best we could.
Caitlin and I did end up going to an evening Zumba class, and though our favorite instructor was absentee, it brought back memories and was fun!
We also went to our old Friday morning Zumba class. The instructor remembered us! Before we went our final ways I took a few more pictures of the kids and their cousins.
Especially of these two boys - exactly one month apart!
The sun was bright and tortured our kids, hahaha.
We were sad to leave them.
While Lydia was sick, I left her and Ammon (I was sure he was going to get sick as well since they were sharing a bed, but miraculously he didn't) with the grandparents and went with Kendrick to introduce him to MY grandparents. I also had dinner with my Aunt Raquel and Uncle Gary, and cousin Becca. It was so nice to see everyone and my Grandpa loved having Kendrick smile at him.
After visiting with them I went to see baby Chloe again with Kendrick.
We put them in a bouncy chair together, and oh my. Cuteness overload. Kendrick even started to accidentally hold Chloe's hand.
Someday when they're older, and making us want to pull our hair out, I'll show them this picture and remind them how sweet they were...in between making us want to pull our hair out...
The kids and I were supposed to move to my brother Kyle's house earlier in the week, but with Katrina 37 weeks pregnant and Lydia with some stomach virus and fever, I didn't want to risk getting Katrina sick. So we waited until Lydia was better and ended up spending one night with them.
While waiting for Kyle to get home from work, Katrina and I chatted while the kids colored on a box and sat playing war in it. Everything is more fun when I giant box is involved.
It was fun going to Chili's and walking around the capitol building and then playing games with Kyle and Katrina. We use to do weekends like that with them all the time and we have missed it!
The next day was a busy day visiting more family, my Grandma in Tooele, and loading up to start the drive back, and saying goodbye to my side of the family.
We took family pictures -minus Brigham- with baby Chloe. She's going to be so big and look so different when we see her next this summer.
My mom, after spending all week helping to care for Chloe, had a hard time leaving her. It had me emotional as well.
It's so hard to live so far away.
Our drive back was good. We were all tired and emotionally spent after so much time with family and so many good byes. And Lydia was feeling sick again.
Kendrick did well; not quite as amazing as the first trip, but I really can't complain. Near the end he was starting to lose it so I pulled out some Baby Einstein and it did the trick. He's always loved the screen and I think I'm in big big trouble if he is such a tv fanatic at four months.
I felt like I had lived a whole year when we got back. When we left it was March and when we got back it was halfway through April. It was a long, wonderful, spring break. I enjoyed taking time off from life (I even took off my fitbit!) and enjoying what truly matters!!