Sunday, June 1, 2008

Idaho



Over Memorial Day weekend we took a drive up to Nampa, Id, outside of Boise and spent 2 days with our friends, Natalie, Aaron (Oz) and Caleb. We got to see their beautiful house that they have spent a lot of the last year remodeling. I am so impressed with the work they have done! Nat and I were college roommates and were friends from French Creek Bible Conference...aka camp...from sometime in our childhood. So we always have a lot to talk about and can laugh and cry together over anything and everything. It is so nice to see how well our husbands get along as Ben & Aaron have a lot of fun together too! Their son Caleb is 4 already and a total ham like his mom :P but is also really well behaved and a joy to be around. We drove up after Ben's return from a business trip on Friday and didn't arrive until after 9pm. Saturday we had a lot of fun taking Caleb to Zoo Boise-that is what it is called, not the Boise Zoo, but Zoo Boise...although, I have to admit that I may have enjoyed the animals more than he did...we still all had a really fun time. That night Nat's niece, a totally fun and sweet girl named Kaitlyn (probably not spelling that right at all) babysat Caleb so we could go out to dinner and a movie on a double date. We saw the new Indiana Jones movie and all enjoyed it....I personally had a lot of fun watching it. I like adventure/fantasy stuff (thanks to my dad) and thought this was totally unbelievable fun! Go with no expectations but to laugh, turn your head once or twice and maybe grab your date's hand in anticipation of what crazy thing is coming next...:P Sunday we enjoyed attending their PCA church service and were invited to stay and have lunch, playing some ultimate frisbee and eating dinner with the church. I always love quality time with friends, and this visit was no disappointment...Thank you Nat and Aaron for hosting us...and Caleb for being so fun! We look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible...end of the month, right??? So after all of that fun we were really tired and hit the road for the 5 hour drive home. The scenery is very pretty and we drove through some rain and saw several rainbows across the sky from fields to mountains...totally cool to be reminded of God's love for us and our hope in His promises! Memorial day itself was spent working and cleaning around the house and then we asked two currently enlisted friends and a formerly enlisted friend, all Air Force, to join us for a cook out and some fellowship. Justin, Veronica and Mandy & her two kids were a lot of fun! They are some of our best friends here in Utah and it was so great to recognize their service to our country on Memorial Day by sharing our home and food with them. We value them as soldiers, friends and part of our family of God! This was the first Memorial Day that I had ever spent with military friends. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the holiday and for my friends...to really think about their service and sacrifice and to thank them for it. Praise God for our military friends and their families! Ok, that about wraps up our big Memorial Day weekend! I only have 4 days of my school year left...and then Jenny P comes to visit! YAY!

4 comments:

Beth said...

Looks like you had a blast. I'm so glad you have each other out there. What a blessing. Love you!

Crystal said...

i LOVE the double rainbow pic! and i sent you the links to the photo albums of jay's pictures and stephanie's wedding. let me know if you have any problems with them!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday weekend! You were definately missed at the wedding, and keep an eye on your mailbox (not for another week or so) for something special from me and *my* Ben. =)

La Familia Garcia said...

Hey Ester!
It's so cool to see that your still friends with friends from Camp! How cool! Its neat to see what you've been up to!