This time last year we were in the process of a grand adventure. The “Move” to Idaho from Zion. I will admit it was not an easy decision to pick up and leave family, friends and a home we loved. All we knew was it was right. Everythig in my mind, heart and soul led me to believe it was time for change. So here we are a year later. I can say without a doubt that those promptings were absolutely right. So much has happened this past year. Gratitude for many blessings and our new life here.
This past week we finally took a break. We celebrated Pioneer Day here in Idaho Falls. BBQ and an outdoor movie made for a fun night. I got a little crazy Tuesday and cleaned the house top to bottom. I think I did everything twice. Kids were murmuring. We went to the Temple Friday.
The kids wanted to start Friday Night Cinema for the rest of the Summer. We had the first one this weekend with Iron Man. It is so fun watching the movies outside under the stars. The weather has been really nice. Usually we are 5-10 degrees cooler than Zion. I will not complain about that!
Yesterday we got up early and took the four wheelers out to the dunes with some friends. It was our first time since college out there and we had a blast. Definitely want to do that again. Keith has been wanting to buy some dirt bikes so Saturday after we got home the boys went motorcycle shopping. He didn’t buy any yet, but he is wanting to bad. There literally is no where to store them right now. We really need to get this Barn and everything else done here at the Homestead so we can clear out the garage. We need extra storage so bad it is crazy. Our Garage and Food Storage runneth over.
I have been packing all evening for our annual girl’s trip. Mandy, Sara and I plus our daughters are headed to Boston and the Cape this week. We have some school shopping to do, some sight seeing, beach time and a few dōTERRA classes to teach. So we will be going hard and having fun. My daughter has been bouncing off the walls she is so excited. Flight time is at 8 am and we will meet up with the others in SLC at 9 and then arrive in Boston at 6 pm. It is going to be an awesome week.
Sometimes you take the kids and do the family thing like to grandmas and grandpas or Disneyland. Sometimes you do the romantic getaway like Cancun or a cruise. My favorite vacations are always with friends. Especially my two BFFs! I mean you love your guy and want to spend time with him because he’s your best friend and all. But isn’t it more fun to be in a group? It’s like game nights. A game of backgammon or chess is fun and can lead to strip rounds but game nights with friends can be a hoot. Anyway I’m off topic thinking about strip backgammon…it’s been awhile.
So we went to California in 2012 and was able to get some nice rooms. Had a few days away with just 3 couples. Anyway we did the beach, went dancing, spa, beach, touring, universal studios, beach. (Yes beach repeated 3 times). It was like 4 days and 3 nights. Well honestly I think this was the most fun trip ever. Each of the 3 nights we swapped spouses. So the guys moved rooms. We made them move because we make the rules of the games we play :). So only rule was no penetration. The days were fun and the nights even a bit more. No one could talk about what happened during the nights until after the trip. We didn’t have any group fun at all it was just totally innocent with your spouse from breakfast to dinner or when we called it a night then we swapped. Guys went and got their stuff then we joined them after. I guess you would call it a soft swap. I can’t even begin to tell you what our girls get together was like after we got home. I think we talked about what happened for 4 hours. That was like the opposite of being on the trip where nothing was said to you spill everything. It was kind of strangely hot wanting to ask your husband how it was going? Was he having fun? You couldn’t though. Totally was barred from the topic of nightly activities. We didn’t even get any one on one time together with our spouses for four days. We have never done that again but I think I would like to. Except one change. I think we would rent a beach house next time. Even though rules were no talking about the fun who is to say hearing some gasping and screams wouldn’t be hot. Anyway probably one of the best trips ever. We have done some sort of trip together about every 2-3 years since college with all of us. I have done a couple of trips with just us girls. A few trips with just two couples. Lots of family trips. We did one family trip with all 3 of our families. That was a lot of fun to, but totally innocent, nothing crazy. I am convinced vacation time helps with liking each other. Aloha!