So, I guess it worked. My trip, the time spent, life... how ever you want to look at it.
Nebraska was great and I certainly made a bunch of new friends... which happens to be my favorite thing. Friends=good times. I think my favorite was the Independence Day celebration. Fireworks were everywhere and it was very fun! The best part was it was right in the front yard! They go all out in NE! Go big or go home I think is their motto...
I had some fun hanging out with Matthew's family for dinners and adventures like the zoo out there. The desert dome was really cool. I find it amazing that people create what they do. I'm crateful for creative brains!
We also floated down a river in Valentine, NE...
And from there, after quickly changing, I loaded into the van of Heather and Gary Armstrong and their kids and started driving down to Utah...
It was so fabulous to see Amber, Jeff, Elaina and Carter and Elise and Sonja; !!!!!!
And as a little side trip, dad decided to take us all down to Zion's National Park!
What a great time-I tell ya!
Then, plans had been made to travel up to ID as well, so Amber, Jeff and the kids with Matt and me following, drove up to see the Idaho folks! I realized that it's been about 4 years that I hadn't seen grandma and grandpa Smith. It was about time!
Narlie and her fam!
Babes on a boat!
I found a piece of HI at BYU-ID!!! Crazy!!! But oh-so cool!
The new trick Auntie Gina taught Sonja!
Oh-what fun it was to go to ID and eat Brian's pizza, hang out with Grandma and Grandpa Smith, cousins and Aunts and Uncles!
From there, I drove back a little later with dad and mom since Amber and her family as well as Matt drove back already a couple days previous.
Back in Utah... really? A cancelled ticket, huh? That's not so great, but why not go back to Ohio on the 4th of Aug instead! Thanks to a good friend who flies the friendly skies (or assists on one) I got back to Ohio safely. I was able to spend more time with Amber, see other friends as well as Matt, and hang out with Grandpa Child for lunch. Always creating happiness rather than bitterness. Plans happen or adventures are created. That's how I see it. Either way, I'm learning.
Plus, we got to eat Matt's homemade pizza! SO GOOD!!!!!!!
Copper! I miss him Amber...
AND we got to have a creme soda party!