Eric and I wanted to drop Alex off at the MTC personally, so we decided to fly out to Utah with him and spend the last night and day with him. It was great to have that last personal time with him before he left.
We flew out Tuesday morning on the 6am flight. We arrived in Salt Lake City around noon. By the time we waited nearly 2 hours for our rental car, we were starving. We found a Crown Burger right away and enjoyed some delicious burgers and fries.
|Oh how I miss fry sauce!!!|
After lunch, we got busy on our list of things to get done. Alex needed a missionary haircut, we needed to purchase some new scriptures for him, and he wanted to watch Ephraim's rescue. First was the haircut. We found this traditional barber (pole and all) closeby and he did a fine job on Alex's hair. He was very particular and perfectionistic. I liked that about him. He even put shaving cream on Alex's side burns and shaved him with a blade. Alex was not expecting the shaving cream. You should have seen him jump when he touched him with it. Pretty funny! (Second pic down with shaving cream).
Next up, scriptures bought. We even had them engraved.
We also picked up Ephraims Rescue while at the church bookstore.
|Finally time to check into our hotel|
|Alex getting comfortable in the hotel room chair|
The next morning, Alex was up at 6:30am according to missionary guidelines. He got up, showered, and was dressed and ready to go without any encouragement from us. He then did his scripture study time while Eric and I showered and ready. We werent in any hurry since we didn't need to be at Brick Oven until 10:30 to be sure to get right in at 11 when they opened. It was about a 40 minute drive.
We drove around Provo, and found the duplex where we lived when I was pregnant with Alex.
|The door behind the bush was our side of the duplex|
|We drove in downtown Provo to see the progress on the new temple which is being built from the old tabernacle that was damaged by fire.|
|It is huge!!!! It going to be beautiful when completed!!! Alex said maybe he will want to get married here. :) It's going to look like a castle!!|
|Finally made it to Brick Oven|
It was a beautiful morning, and walking around the campus made me miss my college days. That campus is SO beautiful!!!! There's no way you could be unhappy when you get to see that everyday.
|Some beautiful landscaping up the side of the hill to campus|
|Lots of roses|
|One of many sets of stairs up to campus (Eric and Alex near the top)|
|Father and son next to the beautiful little path and stream that runs along it.|
|Alex and I next to the stream, it was breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful|
|Y on the mountain|
|Eric and Alex walking along the stone path|
|Alex and I by one of the waterfalls|
|This will be Alex's next step after his mission.|
|We had to get a picture next to the soccer field|
|Great picture of Alex, Eric, and his Uncle Joel (who met us for lunch)|
|Alex pulling a little face cause he was tired of pictures. :)|
|Another "no more pictures" look.|
|The 4 of us having lunch at Brick Oven|
|Alex with my youngest brother, Joel|
Then we headed up to the Provo Temple, which is across the street from the MTC. It was time say our goodbyes soon. (They tell you to say your goodbyes before you get to the MTC, because it is just a drop off drive through.) Every minute seemed like an eternity.Alex suggested we drop him off early. Goodbyes aren't his thing. :) We took some pictures and walked around the temple grounds and finally said goodbye. It was SO tough. I am going to miss that boy SOOO much!! We have developed a really close relationship over the past 2 years. He is such a good kid.
|The Provo temple is beautiful up against the mountain|
We got a video while driving into the MTC. Once we got to the right drop-off location, Eric helped him with his luggage while I waited for my one last hug. It was a quick hug, then I turned around and when I looked back, he was almost gone.
|Missionaries helping him pull his luggage, Alex is walking in front.|
After shopping for a couple of hours, we drove by the Mount Timpanogos temple (Alex's favorite) just to make us sad I guess. Maybe it was a way to hold onto him a little longer.