My children were the greatest impetus for the trip to Utah. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have worked the way I did for myself - regardless of how much I wanted to visit my sister and meet her newest baby. I'm so grateful for the gift and blessing of my children's desire and the fire it lights in me!
So, seeing my sis again was awesome. Meeting her youngest babe (and re-meeting her older two) was simply heavenly. Enjoying her company as much as I possibly could was a treasure. I miss her very much. It's been difficult to bring myself to writing about the joy I felt while with her for the sadness of missing her. I'm finally doing it now, though.
I'm so grateful that we were blessed by someone who loves us very much to be ABLE to visit my sister. I can only imagine the sacrifice this person and family made to help us... I'm just so grateful!
My Kitty Kat was the biggest surprise. Her reaction to General Conference was far and away more wonderful than I ever would've expected. She was just thrilled to have been there in real life. When I saw her, during the break between the two sessions, I really thought she would tell me she didn't want to go to the next one. I was blown away when she practically threw herself at me in a bubbling effusion of excitement and declared, "I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE!" almost yelling. I was shocked and thrilled and still feel an amazing rising of joy whenever I think of it!
I worried about Kat a lot before this trip. I worried because I felt in her such a huge desire to be like her Daddy (smoking, drinking coffee, drinking tea) that I would lose her to those habits as a teen or older. I acknowledge that it could still happen. I'm just not worried about her if it does because now I know she has a solid foundation to which she will return if she does stray. I felt in that experience after the first session a sort of "game changing".
Ria loved it as she knew she would. The whole trip fulfilled many items on Ria's bucket list. I had no idea she HAD a bucket list, but she definitely does. Visit the mountains, go to General Conference, see the Salt Lake City temple, see the Conference Center, and I think maybe another one or two I can't recall right now. It's such an honor, as her Mama, to be able to have facilitated the fulfillment of a few items on her list! Another reason I'm so amazingly grateful to those who helped finance the journey!
Tea and Jmy were cool with the trip. They didn't seem overly excited about much. Jmy definitely gravitated more toward the guys (his Uncle and his Uncle's Dad and brother-in-law). Tea was all about having un with her cousins. EmJ... well, she didn't want to have anything to do with any adult other than me. She does tend to be that way, generally. I was sad that she didn't let my sister (who she was named after) hold her at all. *sigh*
We loved every bit of our time with my sister and her family. It was a joy and now joyful memories!