Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wrapping Things Up

The Star Wars suitcase proved to be a great purchase,
since this guy knew it was his and was excited to cart it around.
One less job for us!
 With one last plunge in the pool . . .

one last morning sack lunch meal prep . . .

one last cram into the elevator . . .

one last meal . . .
Isaac, the smarty pants, took the family to Costco for our meal.
At $1.50 for a hot dog and drink, he provided the cheapest meal of the trip!

and we were on our way home.

The flight home was uneventful, however I do have to mention the delight of a half-empty airplane for the leg from Phoenix to Spokane.  After spending so much time squashed together in the van and in hotel rooms, we spread out in the airplane.  We each took our own row and s t r e t c h e d out!

 And, with that, we were home.  Beautiful, wonderful home.

It was a marvelous trip, one that we will talk about for the rest of our lives.
Testimonies and family ties were strengthened.  Our understanding of the world and of our history grew.  It was a financial sacrifice to undertake an endeavor this magnitude with this large of a family, but I cannot feel bad about that.  This will be the only year that all of my children live with me.  With Isaac leaving for his mission soon, we are at the end of an era.  
This was our last opportunity to have a last hurrah
and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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