The more I thought about that, the more I got worked up. This was back in May while we were packing and getting ready to leave. I was very nervous about the move. Leaving the familiar. Headed for the unknown. So I decided to do something to calm my ball of nerves. I decided to make plans to return to the most familiar place I know. I found flights from LAX to Idaho Falls for under $150 round trip at the beginning of August. I decided to reward myself for the move and starting a new life in California. Although not returning to Northern Utah made me sad, the thought of not going back to Idaho, was not an option.
My bro in law asked, "Idaho? Why in the world would you go to Idaho." My response was, "Because I am like a salmon, I have to swim back to where I came from." Idaho just calls to me. No matter how I try and fight it I need to go home.
I was so excited for find such cheap flights that I didn't even really look at the times of the flights. After I booked the flights I started to realize that the flights were going to be a little bit tricky. We flew out of LAX at 6 PM on Monday. LAX is 90 mile from Murrieta. After stressing about how to park at LAX I decided to spend $120 and Uber to LAX. Best $120 ever. Only problem was it meant I had to take Brad's carseat with me. No biggie right? (Insert big eye emoji.)
So for our 5 day trip I had 2 backpacks, 2 car seats, 2 kids, 1 Bob double running stroller, and 1 ergo carrier. I was quite stressed about how I was going to manage it all. But the kids did great! The Uber ride was actually shorter than I thought it would be. It took us 1.5 hours to get there!
Of course Brad still slept on the drive.
So we got to the airport faster than I thought and our flight was delayed an hour. So we had over 3 hours to hang out at the airport. And no offense to anyone who loves LAX (is that possible?) but it is not the best place to hang out. There were only 3 food options in all of Terminal 5. So I ended up spending $18 on this beauty. Yes, a lousy sandwich with potato chips. Brad said he wants to be like this guy when he grows up.
We had a few near possible disasters like an insane blow out. But we made the most out of our 3 hours in the airport.
Kate was of course a champion although she doesn't seem to like the carrier like Brad did. I was a little nervous about how the gate check would go. How to carry baby, 2 back packs and watch Brad while I drop off the car seats and the stroller. (Closing and securing a double Bob running stroller is a feat in and of itself let alone even without wearing a baby) But we managed. Putting both carseats in one bag made it significantly easier.
But luckily the girl sitting next to us was able to move seats half way through the flight so Kate was able to sleep on the seat. And Brad loved his ipad so it was a very great flight!
It's crazy that exactly 3 years ago I have the exact same pictures of Brad... except going to a lot more exciting places.
Erica picked us up at the airport at 11:00 and we were all excited to crawl into bed by midnight. A perfect start to our amazing week in Idaho.
First thing the next morning I went for a run to say hello to the Tetons. Oh how I love this view!
And cool canals like this one.
We tried to do all our favorite Rexburg things. We hit up the splash pad at Porter Park. It was amazing. Brad loves time with two of his favorite 2nd cousins.
After a trip to Millhollow we went back and had a fire. It's crazy that it is Brad's first fire that he can remember. He loved it.
We ended the night we a gorgeous walk around Teton. Oh how I love Idaho sunsets.
The next day we went for a drive up to Island Park. Brad loved swimming in the river.
And picking wildflowers.
We hurried back to Rexburg to spend time at Leon's. His yard was amazing.
And of course another delightful sunset.
Brad lived his best life in Idaho. He loved every minute of it.
One more stop at Millhollow...
And my week in Idaho was over. It was amazing. I was nervous about the 10 PM take off time.... which means we didn't get into LAX until 11:30... and then another hour and half home...