Julia had never been to BYU-Idaho, so Allen, Julia and I made a weekend trip to get familiar with the campus and community before the whole place is swarming with students. And I'll tell you what, THAT PLACE IS FANTASTIC. I want to go to school with her!
We were having such a grand time that I forgot to take pictures of the campus with its gardens and beautiful buildings and apple orchard and open spaces. But I came around once we were headed back to Idaho Falls for the evening.
We decided to take the long way home the next morning...
so we could see the Tetons...
and travel through a place that is dear to our hearts - Afton, Wyoming.
We had to stop at a playground behind a school where Allen's grandma used to live so he could play on the merry-go-round that has been there as long as he can remember.
I sure love these two!
Everything about the drive just spoke to me of the beauty of this earth. The weather was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous.
About a month later, Julia, Little X and I packed our 15 passenger van with her boxes, bags, suitcases, groceries and bike and made the 4+ hour trek once again. This time for real. My cousin Brenda let us sleep at her home that evening so we could get to the dorms first thing in the morning. It was so great to just sit and visit with Brenda and her daughter Katie and ask questions about what to expect for the first day, week and year at BYU-I.
I love both of these pictures of Brenda and I for different reasons. We both look nice here.
But this one fits our personalities better. I could just sit and laugh with her all day!
And now, here we are with life continuing to happen all around us. Julia's doing awesome and totally taking on life as a college student with all that she's got and loving every minute. She's an amazing human being who is a light everywhere she goes and I am a lucky, lucky human being to be able to call her mine.
Rock it, Julia! Remember to make each day your best day, ever.