Tomorrow(well today technically) we’re coming home. I’m excited, but at the same time, sad. Its been fun. Friday we did nothing all day and then went to Buffalo Wild Wings… not that great, but Dave has always wanted to try it… its a one time thing- or take out. Granny and Grandpa then took us to Sheridans for custard. Saturday we went and got the car washed(thanks grandpa!) and went to IN-N-OUT burger. Then onto shopping(YAY for the girls… I am addicted to shopping for them) at the outlets, Trader Joes, and Fresh ‘n’ Easy. The night ended up with games with Granny and Grandpa.
Sunday… well Sunday was not like the rest. It was our family day. We had breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. As a kid I used to go here with my mom and siblings if we were good. They don’t have them in Utah, and I was really shocked at how gross they were! I remember them being amazing!
After breakfast we stopped and got some flowers so we could go and visit my friend’s little boy, Jack, at the cemetary. He has a beautiful little headstone and it was precious to see Tori be so concerned about “Jacks”. Dave and I took a little time to reflect on how lucky and blessed we are that we have Charli and she’s alive and well, and how blessed we are with both of our sweet girls. It was sad to see so many little headstones in “The Garden of Innocence” but so precious to see the love and time spent there. One little grave even had solar panels, so that at night, the lights planted near the grave would light up. It was bittersweet. We are so happy to have our girls, but so sad for our friends, the Johansons. Long after we left, Tori was still concerned about Jack and if he was coming out of the ground soon, and when he was coming to play. When we left, she was on her phone saying, ‘No, Jack isnt coming, I’m sad”.
After that, we stopped by the old “new house” that my family built from the dirt up. It was kinda sad. The people that live there now are CRAZY! She is a dog trainer(ok, he was REALLY nice…just a whacko wife) and no kidding- the room that was supposed to be my bedroom IS A ROOM FOR HER THREE DOGS! WITH A FLAT SCREEN TV AND THREE LITTLE BEDS! It was absurd. The floors are now a stained concrete. She keeps her barbecue and wood pile over the handprints in the concrete in the backyard. They’ve put a pool in. They put in fake grass, and the only real grass is disgusting and torn up from the dogs. They’ve built 4 dog runs as well. It’s insane! The whole time we were there those blasted dogs wouldnt quit scaring the crap out of Tori and Charli- jumping on them, licking them, barking, etc…. for a dog trainer, I can’t say I’m impressed! It was nuts- and another reason for me to hate dog owners that think that there ANIMAL is as important as a human being… sorry all you PETA lovers… I cannot stand animals! They are not equal to humans, and while I agree they should be treated humanely- they should not rule a human beings quarters… insanity. I guess the saddest part for me was that its like, these people have covered up our handprints- and yet everyday, the walk on the foundation we poured, the re-bar we tied, and all the other work we put into that house, and they don’t even think twice.
After that, we visited some family, came home for dinner and went and visited some more family. I really miss my awesome cousins and aunts and uncles.
That about rounds out our trip… here are some pictures!
Charli and her crazy hair, in her favorite attire, and on granny’s kitchen floor!
Charli in the hot tub!
Tori and Charli (and daddy) having fun at Granny’s and Grandpa’s
Tori, being spoiled- I think she roped them into letting her ride 3 of these!
Spoiled again! The carousel at the outlet malls… the same one I rode on when I was a kid!
Victoria and Charlotte visiting Jack.
Victoria, giving flowers to baby “Jacks!”
This is the small subdivision that the house is in.
This is the house…
The very corner bedroom would have been mine… but now, its this lady’s DOGS’! The “3 girls” sleep in that room…with their flatscreen wall-mounted TV and DVD player.
Charli and Granny!
If you haven’t checked it out, I’ve added a picture of my Granny and Grandpa, to the previous post.
There is more to come! I took a bunch of pictures of the scrapbook that Granny has put together that has pictures of me as a little kid! They’re not the best cause its a picture of a picture, but they’re pretty good… check back soon!