Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 4

Day 4 started with my sister Amanda, her husband and baby arriving home from the hospital (hooray!)

We all got ready for the day, then headed out to tour Logan. Logan is where Ben and I met, dated and fell in love, so it is a very special place for us. We loved it there for many reasons and miss it a lot. Ben hasn't been here in 4 or 5 years, so he was really anxious to drive around and see what was new and what had changed.

Our first stop was our old college apartments.

We were in the same ward and met for the first time at Ward Prayer, where we found out that we lived close by- in the same parking lot,
to be exact.

Here is all of us in front of my old apartment. Our first kiss was on that door step. Now it's full of us and our four kids!

Ben and I were commenting how when we were here and dating, we probably never could have imagined having 4 kids and living the wonderful life that we do now. Oh, what it was like to be single and kidless! :) Life was much simpler then, but what a blessing have an eternal family is. I don't really miss my single days because having a loving husband and kids is all I ever wanted, but it is fun to reminisce and remember fun and special memories, and occasionally it is fun to remember what it was like to go to the bathroom alone and never have anyone banging on the door tattling or needing anything, or being able to shower without much planning or being able to walk out the door without diapers, sipees and toys in hand! And being able to go on a date without calling a babysitter, paying for a babysitter, or having a babysitter call in the middle of dinner.

And across the parking lot from my old apartment was Ben's apartment.

Reenacting a little bit of the Utah State magic!

After our stop at the apartments, we headed up to campus. We went to the Aggie bookstore and bought the kids some Aggie shirts and gear, then headed outside to explore and walk around. The kids and cousins all love the water fountain that we stopped at in the middle of campus. My mom and I were shelling out pennies and nickels as fast as we could find them in our wallets for them to throw in.

Group shot!

Our next stop was the famous "A" where True Aggies are made. In order to become a True Aggie, you must kiss someone who is already a True Aggie on top of the "A" under a full moon at midnight, OR you can kiss anyone (even someone who is not a True Aggie) on Homecoming Night.

True Aggie wanna be's:
Paige, Chloe, Jace, Carter and Mitch

Ben and I never became True Aggies together- Ben had become a True Aggie before by someone else and I had no interest in it at the time, but regret it now.

Kissing on the "A"- it was not under a full moon at midnight or on Homecoming Night, so it didn't make us True Aggies. But I'll take a kiss from this guy anytime.

My dad is a USU Alumni, but I'm pretty sure not a True Aggie!

True Andros'!

Lexi and Leah, warming up the "A"
Future Aggies!

We tried these shirts on them in the bookstore to see how they would fit (knowing they'd be too big for awhile) and then they both screamed when we tried to take them off, so we left them on. More like little Aggie dresses, I guess.

My two nephews, Carter and Jace. They are cousins (not siblings) and Jace is the most responsible and caring 10 year old boy I know. He helped look after all of his younger cousins all week, especially Carter. They have such a special bond. It's hard being the oldest cousin, but Jace does a great job.

Carter and Mitch matched again this day- they even had the exact same shoes too. (That made for some confusion getting shoes on every morning that week).

Looking at some construction on campus

The last place we stopped on campus was at the Engineering Lab where Ben spent countless hours studying and working. Thank goodness for all his hard work there, which has blessed us with a job that he enjoys that supports our family. Nerds rule! :)