My children are no strangers to long road trips, and are often great little travelers. While my parents were stationed in North Carolina we made that 25 hour drive more times than I can remember. We also live in central Texas. It is about 8-10 hours to any of the three 'land touching' borders, so it is quite an ordeal to get out of our state. A few months ago we were invited to my Father-in-law's family reunion. This would be the first time all his siblings would be together in decades. We loaded up the van, borrowed my teenaged brother, and journeyed to Utah.
(Check out my instagram page for INSTAVLOGS of said trip to Utah)
We drove through north Texas- apart of the state that I've never been through before, on to New Mexico, through a TINY bit of Colorado, and right into Utah. Some of my favorite sites along the way were the empty plains of Texas filled with windmills and Moab. I'm really grateful that I packed heavy snacks and drinks, because there is NOTHING between here and Utah. Just a few McDonalds.
We were physically in Utah only Friday-Monday, not nearly enough time to enjoy the dry heat and mountain air.
Friday we utilized our traveling baby sitter and had a date at the temple in Salt Lake City. It was beautiful and a unique experience I will never forget. After our session at the temple, we enjoyed dinner with my brother-in-Law and his beautiful wife at The Roof in downtown Salt Lake City.
Saturday we headed up to Ogden, Utah for the family reunion. Kyle and I have been married for (almost) 7 years and this is the first time I was able to meet most of his extended family members. It was a great day, and hopefully we will be making this a yearly thing.
Sunday we went and watched the Mormon Tabernacle Chior perform their weekly broadcast, 'Music in the Spoken Word', hung out with my brother, and the other brother-in-law's family, swam at the hotel's pool, and took naps. That evening we went to have dinner and fun with some dear friends in Draper, Utah. I totally fell in love with their mountain, and would move there in a heartbeat (not to mention the company was wonderful). Unfortunately we took ZERO pictures... Too busy chatting!
Monday arrived and we had time to quickly tour Temple square, eat some Lion House food, and hit up the book store before heading back to Texas. By this point we were just ready to be on the road. The trip back was uneventful and quick, the kids did great, and the borrowed teen (my brother) was such a HUGE help during the whole trip. I owe that kid more than a bookstore church tie.
It was really great to meet so many of my husbands family members. It was also really great to see my father-in-Law enjoy himself with his siblings. Next time everyone come to Texas and we'll have some pit BBQ and square dance. Ok, we won't make you square dance, but for real- the BBQ will knock your socks off!
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