Snow and Trip Recap

Here is what it looked like when we went to go get Joe from the airport on Friday night.

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Here is what it looked like the next morning.

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We drove home all day Sunday. I was a little worried about the weather but as we approached Southern Utah, I relaxed and the snow disappeared. I don’t like driving in the snow. I don’t like anyone else driving me in the snow. I tend to get white-knuckled and spend a lot of time perched on the edge of the seat, eyes opened slightly too wide and asking inane questions like, ‘You doing alright? Are we almost there? Was that a skid? Are those people going to hit us? Are you doing alright?’ I’m surprised Heather didn’t slap me a little or send me to the back seat to sit with Chuck the night she drove me to go pick up Joe from the airport. Instead she just kept smiling, patting my arm and telling me that everything was going to be fine.

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to play with Leta. It’s not often I get invited into the world of a 3.5 year old and I soaked it up. Too bad I was so easily replaced. Right after Joe got there, he was invited to play circus and be the official Ariel DVD watcher with her. Oh, the fickle heart. I was crushed for a minute but watching Joe play with Leta was almost as fun as playing with her myself.

At one point, Leta grabbed her tape recorder and a tape to show off her dancing. Imagine my surprise when the tape turned out to be ‘Show A Little Love‘ by Janene Brady, featuring songs like Maybe You Laughed and The Words You Speak. I don’t know how to adequately describe these songs but, imagine if you will, the 9 year old version of myself wearing white roller skates with green wheels skating to this tape in the boom box as loud as it would go in the front yard with ALL MY HEART and feeling deep down in my toes how important it was to never tell a lie because you DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU WILL END UP except it will BE IN H E DOUBLE TOOTHPICKS. Some of these songs inspired crying spells where I was filled with so much emotion I couldn’t speak. Because some kids laughed at some other kids. WAAAAAAAAAAAH.

Anyway, I watched Leta do some excellent dancing and I sang along to all the songs which I discovered I still know by heart. Maybe next time she’ll let me dance with her.

Another trip highlight was the coffee. Jon and Heather have the best coffee machine in the whole world. It comes with its own attachments that foam the milk, shovel the drive and create world peace. I can tell you what’s high on my Christmas list.

But the best parts of the entire trip were the conversations. They were many and varied and long and sometimes deep and it was very satisfying to get to talk and talk and talk and listen and listen and listen. I miss that. We need some friends that live closer than Northern Utah.

12 Responses

  1. I’m crushed that you didn’t mention what SHOULD HAVE BEEN the REAL highlight of your trip, i.e., meeting me!

    That’s OK, I documented the encounter for the whole world:
    http://tinyurl.com/283crp

    Really, the world needs to know about you and that brick thing, Leah.

  2. Oh man, I dont like driving in the snow either, but I sure as heck love seeing it! what pretty pictures! it was cold as heck here this past week, then today, bam it was 70.. expected to hit 75 tomorrow, and here I thought it was December and Christmas was soon approaching.

  3. Jon and Heather are good talkers. Chuck is a good listener.
    Isn’t it great to have a conversation with someone who you feel REALLY understands what you’re saying?

  4. I once had a nightmare where our truck, with the whole family inside, skidded off the road because of the snow and we starting flying through the air into a massive ravine. I woke up before we all died. My husband likes to bring up that nightmare whenever we’re driving in snow. He’s a sweetie, that guy.

  5. I saw that incredible little snippet of Leta dancing. Unbelievable kid! Yes, 3.5 years old is pretty trippy and amazing.

    I’m so glad you had a nice time. The rings below are beautiful, by the way.

  6. I know exactly which Janene Brady songs you’re talking about. I knew many of them as kid, especially the one you mentioned about never telling a lie. . . “My teacher told me I should never tell a lie, because a lie will bring you trouble sure as pie. . . its an awful thing to do, and it’s true as true as true, you’ll get caught and then you’ll start to cry. . . ” Can you tell I grew up in Utah, too?

    I’m glad your trip was a good one!

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