When we lived in CA Spencer hired a cute girl, Breann, who stayed with EY for several years. She was a hard worker, super fun, and missed her family in central CA. She started coming over for dinner/dessert with us on Sundays and even came to some of Tyler's baseball games (she played softball in college). She ADORED Tanner. Well, after a few years at EY she realized that it's a hard life with long hours (we did it and "paid our dues" for 10 years so we totally got it!) and started dating a boy from home who had two little kids. She left EY and moved home, but we kept in touch.
Well, these two lovebirds got engaged and their wedding was set for September 1. Spencer and I were invited but didn't see how we could make it work. After a few weeks Spencer decided we needed to make it happen to be there for her wedding.
So, we flew out Thursday afternoon and got back at midnight Sunday night. It was a crazy whirlwind weekend (just how I like it/plan it), but it was so perfect. We hadn't been back in almost two years since we had left, but we had lived there 7 1/2 years so we really wanted to see everyone we could. We landed at 7 pm, grabbed In N Out, then headed to a friend's house to see a few of our friends. It was such a great thing to see these dear people and their kids who had grown SO much. We saw some other friends in their new, beautiful house, and crashed around 1:30 our time.
It ended up being a perfect day. 78 degrees, no humidity (hello California!), hardly any people for 3/4 of the hike, and so nice to be able to hike and talk and have no whining.
Glacier Point was gorgeous (Spencer got woozy and had to back wayyyy up), and our walk was gorgeous and it was an awesome workout (I got 28,000 steps that day). We got to Nevada Falls and soaked our feet before heading down a couple miles of stepping down boulders (that was the hardest part). We were SO SORE the next few days, mostly our calves. I am pretty sure I will never forget just how sore we were. Yikes.
We drove out of the park that night, to Oakhurst, and stayed at a hotel that had a hot tub - best thing ever for that night!! We crashed early and then had to get up early so we could get to the Fresno temple. That is the tiniest temple I have seen, but we made it, and likely won't go to that one every again because it's in such a random spot, but it was awesome. And then it was off to the wedding in Hanford.
This wedding was a very traditional Catholic wedding, very long and interesting and sometimes boring. But we got to see lots of people from our time in San Jose. Breann was gorgeous. The reception was held in Three Rivers, up in the mountains, at a family-owned ranch. Dinner/food/dessert was all amazing. It was very fun.
After that we stopped by some more friends', and then went to our little spot of heaven on earth to visit Macie. Sweet friends have kept her little grave area looking nice and pretty, and I was hit with so much emotion as I sat near her headstone. I don't know where it all came from, but I can honestly say that was the first time I have cried over her in a long time. It was so special to make it there.
We drove to the airport and headed home. Such a wonderful, incredibly timely trip for us. It was so good for my soul. The kids were fantastic for Tracie but so jealous. I need to find a way to get us all back out there.