Idaho and Friends
Idaho Falls, Idaho
While visiting friends in Rexburg, we stayed in downtown Idaho Falls on the 4th of July. Our hotel was just minuets away from the Idaho Falls Temple.
The view from across the river at night was beautiful. And apparently sitting on either side of the river was a popular place to watch the fireworks.
Since this would probably be the only time in our lives we would be within walking distance to a fireworks show, we just had to go.
Not knowing exactly where the fireworks would be fired off, we just followed everyone else, and plopped ourselves down on an open piece of grass. Brad and Breck could hardly contain their excitement...
Merinda too, could hardly contain her excitement.
By the time the fireworks finally started we couldn't even see them because of all the trees in the way. We jumped up with the rest of the crowd to try and get a better view, but it was too late.
We ended up sitting on the street curb while everyone walked in front of us. But it was okay because the reflection of the illuminated Temple on the water was more beautiful than any firework display.
The next day I just had to see if the Temple was as beautiful in the day as it was at night.
And it did not disappoint!
Even though we didn't actually have kids attending BYU-I at the time we drove through Rexburg, we had a wonderful time visiting old friends.
And sometimes it's kind of nice to go to a place 'where everybody know your name'. This is not a picture of our uncle Blake but Brad and Breck had fun trying to pose like him anyway.
We had a great time catching up with Brad Massey (our good friend from Saint Louis, MO) at Kiwi Loco, one of our favorite frozen yogurt places. If this picture were taken in Saint Louis, we would all be standing outside of Ted Drewes!
It was fun to see the Barrus family again. We wish they would come back to KY, but then our college kids would starve, have no place to keep their mountains of stuff, and we would of been unable to salvage Aubrey's clothes and bed linens.
Here, we are eating lunch at the yummiest little restaurant called The Hickory.
Our next quick stop was to the Ross family. Diane and I went to nursing school together, and without her I may not have survived it!
It was also good to see Chet again, and their adorable kids (yes, even older kids can be adorable), and if they lived next to ours', I have a feeling they would all get along just great.
The Ackermans made us a delicious breakfast, and were just as nice as could be. It was good to see Darrell again, who is usually out of town when we visit.
Pam and I have been life-long friends, and were college roommates.
Pam helped us survive college by being our provider of food (little Caesar's Pizza!), mother, and entertainer.
Her kids are just as spunky, talented, and real as she is.
And of course I will be forever honored that she named her daughter after me. It's good to know there are two Alicent's in the world.
Ali was showing us some of her tricks on the trampoline. The Ackerman's live in a cute little farm house where the wind always blows.
Merinda is a year younger than Alicent and they both share my name (Merinda's middle name is Alicent).
Breck and Justin are just about the same age, and if we lived closer, would probably be good friends too.
We had so much fun seeing all of our friends in and around Rexburg. We want to thank you all for fitting us in, and spending time with us even though it was 4th of July week, and you were busy with your own families. We consider you our family, and will always remember these brief but cherished memories. Thank You!