Welp, I better wrap up our little stint in Utah really quick.
Not only did we get Claire settled as a true college girl up in Utah (back HERE), we filled our time up with a whole slew of other things.
Utah is amazingly green right now, and the weather?? Well, I’ll be honest, anything in the whole wide world may feel better than the 115 degrees in the desert, but we sure loved taking advantage of all that beauty up there.
The first day we were there it was FATHER’S DAY. Couldn’t have chosen a better place to celebrate that Dave (he is in Heaven in those mountains).
Those four Utah kids of ours came up and met us at church, we had a special brunch and got to hang out together.
And we got to celebrate my dad with a bunch of Eyres as well.
(Lots more about Father’s Day back HERE.)
I wrote all about tucking Claire into her new life back HERE, but here’s a pic. I forgot to include that I made her pose for as we took a tour of the athletic facilities at UVU:
…and a couple extra tidbits since it’s not all so fresh and it’s pretty amazing to look back and see what has happened in such a short amount of time:
–She had to change every one of her classes (the ones she signed up were a pretty heavy load and the wrong timeframes to be able to work volleyball in).
–Unlike most freshmen she has been trying to maneuver two different campuses (BYU classes, places to eat, counseling offices trying to figure out her classes and a random changing of her “status” so she couldn’t sign up for a couple she needed, etc.) AND at the same time she had a UVU campus and athletic facilities tour with the volleyball assistant coach (I talked about that in the other post), trying to figure out summer scheduling with volleyball weights and practices mixed in with those BYU classes. Those are pretty big things for a new freshman in a new place with no car trying to figure out the bus system.
–It’s been fun to watch that confidence grow by leaps in days. It still is a lot to maneuver, and she’s added running summer kids UVU volleyball camps (all the girls on the team are the “coaches,”) into her days, but it’s such a great experience to get the dorm life under her belt and to meet so many new people in this environment while getting her feet wet with college classes.
It is all working together for her good.
Fun to see Grace thriving in her new environment as well.
We got to visit her at work:
And we got to meet so many of her friends:
Some of them came up to visit after a trip to the Alpine Slide and we had dinner and played games all together to Lucy’s delight.
There are some good kids she’s surrounded herself with, all stemming in different ways from her mission as well as a girl she met at a workout class who just got her call to that same mission. Missions are the best!
We got to spend her birthday together up there. The other kids came up from Provo the night before and walked Main Street for a “festival of food,” bands playing, long tables set up all up and down the street, pink cotton candy clouds above, everyone in the best spirits:
I talked about the rest of her birthday back HERE, including that we got to go to the homecoming talk of my nephew.
He is one of Grace’s friends as well as a cousin and she and Dave were able to go meet him when he got home at the airport (while I was helping Claire with her crazy schedule):
I’m not sure if I mentioned before that his talk was one of the best I’ve heard and we loved gathering with all the extended Pothiers at Julie’s house after.
Love all these people!
My parents came to join us for dinner and we basked in the Utah beauty before the Provo kids had to get back and my Mom took Lu to my sister Saydi’s for a cousin sleep over and my Dad stayed to go on a walk with us:
Lucy, Dave and I spent a lot of time together.
And we liked it.
I always think it’s interesting when the oldest kid leaves home and the next in line steps up to shine.
We played some good cards games:
She got to have her cousin Emmeline over to sleep over one night (and she got to go there too).
We tried to do the Alpine Slide with Grace and her friends and then tried another time too but it didn’t work either time (although we didn’t mind, just liked being there):
We helped her get in a mile of walking almost every day. We actually did a pretty steep hike one day. (She wasn’t happy about it, but she did it).
We even shopped together, for crying out loud (Lu abhors shopping, but she was willing to do it to prep for Grace’s birthday).
One day when we were walking together and saw our shadows stretching out before us we joked around that we are the “Three Musketeers.” Lucy didn’t like that name much at first but Dave made a joke about it and started calling us the “Three Muskies” and it stuck (and Lucy has grown to like it).
We have a lot of life to live together, the three of us, so I feel so thankful that it felt so good to be together.
We celebrated our anniversary:
All about that yesterday back HERE.
I got to meet up with my high school girlfriends and every single one of us was there (but one left before this picture, dang it!):
I hadn’t seen a couple of them for years (they weren’t able to come to Hawaii with us…back HERE). Although we sat there in the shade of a beautiful tree for hours, there is still so much more to catch up on. Love those women so much and how they have been part of me for as long as I can remember.
We said goodbye to our friends and siblings as they headed out on their mission adventures (all about that back HERE). I am so happy for all the adventures that await them, but we are pretty sad to lose them I have to say. In a way it feels like we have felt so many emotions right along with them as they have prepared.
We spent a fun evening with Max and Abby:
Had fun checking out their new scooter Max commutes to work on:
Love that we got to work in some serious time for being together as sisters to not only be together, but to get down to the nitty-gritties of this upcoming podcast. We were pretty naïve when we decided we’d just “whip together a podcast”…takes so much work! More on that soon, but it was grand to have time to hike through beauty and discuss all our “to-dos” before our new launch day (August 1st).
Gosh I love those sisters of mine!
Also, we had a BBS family gathering (back HERE).
I’m sure I’m forgetting all kinds of things, (we sure packed in a lot!), but there we go: a mid-summer Utah wrap up.