As Justin flew to SERE training, Sam and I flew to Utah where we were welcomed and picked up by Mom and Dad Schmidt. We were excited to spend lots of time with family before making the far away move to Germany. What fun we had. Sam still asks to go to Utah. He knows where his family fun is. :) Prepare yourself, there are lots of pictures!
We then swapped back to the Schmidt's house. Aunt Laura is awesome! She caught us a snake. I wouldn't even dare try. Ugh, I really dislike snakes. Sam got to ride the tricycle around the Schmidt greenhouse. It was full of beautiful flowers.
Justin is back! Sam and his dad had a welcome home wrestling match. It was also Justin's birthday, so the brother's went on a bike ride together. Sam got to jump in the puddles with his cousin Brandon and get a boat ride from Uncle Kendall.
Mom put on a goodbye BBQ for us where all family was invited. It was fun to catch up and see everyone. We felt loved! And yes there were tears. Germany is pretty far away.We then headed to Salt Lake one last time. We were able to rent an airplane that Justin could take us all up in. It was sure fun to be his "copilot". He's worked hard and accomplished so much. I'm very proud of him and tell him he's a genius all the time, but probably not enough. :)
We then had the Schmidt Family Reunion at Lagoon. What fun that was!! Sam loved the boats most. The first time he listened to the Lagoon attendant to get out. The 2nd time he did not and we had to go in there and take him out screaming. Lol.
Aunt Anna got her horse and carriage out for us. We each got a turn riding in it. Sam thought that was pretty darn awesome. Our nephew earned his Eagle Scout award and planned it so we could attend. What an awesome accomplishment and ceremony! Way to go Grant!Sam sure adores his cousins!
We couldn't ask for better family. Even being in Germany we have relied on and felt their love and prayers in our behalf. I don't know what we'd do without them.