So late last month, we had an unplanned trip to Logan, Utah. My husband's dear aunt passed away and we wanted to pay our respects to her and to be with family during this time. We were able to excuse the kids from school and left on a Thursday to attend the funeral on Friday and drove back home on Saturday. It was short and sweet but very memorable. Here are some of the memories captured in photos...
*disclaimer- when I was editing these photos for uploading on the blog my husband noticed that I was not adding any photos with people other than the immediate family. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I don't post photos with other people in it. Why? because I don't know if they are alright about publishing photos of them on the web.It's just something I tried to do to keep people's "internet" safety at bay. BUT my hubby insisted that I post pictures of the family and so I am doing that (for the first time ever) here in this post. So if you are a family member that has your images included in this post and would NOT like it to be posted, please email me (graceelainetolmanatyahoodotcom) and I'll take it down immediately. :)
Ok so the drive to Logan started off without any issues. We borrowed some books on CD at the library and was listening to "Chronicles of Narnia.The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe" on the way to Utah. We stoped by Laramie, Wyoming to eat our packed lunch.
Driving through Wyoming, we started seeing some dark clouds which later on became a full blown rain and lighting show that we had to drive through. It was neat seeing all the lighting taking place but I was getting frustrated that they would go off too fast for me to snap a photo of them in action.
After four hours of listening to Chronicles of Narnia, we took a break and I took on reading this...
We arrived in Logan about 7 pm and went straight to the funeral home for viewing. We would've been there an hour before if we didn't have a "vomit accident" while driving through the canyon right after Garden City. Maddie didn't complain of tummy ache, she didn't warn us of what she was about to do and just hurled right in the car! It was a mess. Luckily we had a change of clothes for her and baby wipes in the car that we were able to clean everything out. Here she is all happy and smiling just a few hours later sitting cozy in our hotel room.
On Friday morning, we went back to the Funeral home for the funeral service. It was a great one. I love how because of the Gospel, we have the knowledge of where our loved ones go after death and the promise that we will see them again.
Before the services started, the family put together a video slideshow of photos of Aunt Norma and here's a few viewing the photo display on the screen.
The family also got to have sometime before the services started to be in the viewing room and have a family prayer.
After the services, we drove north to Dayton, Idaho where Aunt Norma was laid to rest in the family plot. It was a nice drive with mountain views all around.
The gravesite service was short and it even started snowing on us when we were there. Something that our Florida-based family members were super excited about. And for the rest of us....we were just trying to get through the cold!
All the pallbearers. My mother in law was taking the photo and I decided to snap a photo myself.
Mitch laying his yellow rose on the casket, being followed by his brother Dana.
After the services, we went to a luncheon provided by the local relief society (church women's group) in Dayton. Here's the family all together (Whitney, Tolman and Archibald) There were a ton of cameras trying to capture this moment so all of us were looking in different directions.
After the luncheon we drove to the Archibald's farm house where my mother in law grew up. Mitch has some fond memories of summer and holidays spent here when he was a kid.
Maddie was very fond of the horses. She was not afraid of it at all. She even pulled out some grass for the horse to eat. Sweet girl!
Marcus was following an older cousin climb up this very old barn and unfortunately fell and recieved a ton of blisters from the fall. He was not happy afterwards. Marcus refused to let us take off the splinters and he was miserable for the rest of the trip. Here's Mitch and his brother Dana helping me capture the memory of the barn, even the bad ones. :)
Maddie met a family member her size and these girls were inseprable all through the afternoon. The played with the horses together, explored the old barn (thank goodness no more splinter incidents with them) and played in bliss together.
After saying our goodbyes to the family, we went back to Logan and found a hotel for our last night in Logan. After settling in, we drove to the Logan Temple and went sightseeing there...
I wanted to capture the temple in all it's greatness but my kids had other plans. They decided that it would be more fun to roll down the hill. This was the time that Marcus perked up and started smiling again after his splinter accident.
The tulips were blooming beautifully in the temple grounds...
my favorite model always happy to oblige her "camera-happy" mother with a smile.
Mitch did a great job capturing me and the kids with the temple in the background. We seemed itty bitty compared to the scale of the building but at least we were in the photo. :)
The following morning, we set out to drive back home. On the way back, we stopped by Garden city to visit some friends that had moved from our ward in California to here. We got to see their lovely home and chat a bit and made a trip to a local shop to have some of the town's famous Raspberry shake. It was definitely worth the stop!
And just before leaving the city, we stopped and snapped this photo of the family eating some lunch with Bear lake in the background.
We were glad we could make this trip and for all the memories that we captured. Thank you for revisiting it with me.
Till next time,