Thursday, June 17, 2010

Au Revoir!

Just a quick post! I was so happy that I was able to go with Andy and her parents to drop her off at the MTC. Although it was just a few minutes really, it was what I needed to say goodbye and feel ok with not seeing her for so long. I'm so proud of her, and know that she will be an absolutely AMAZING missionary! I can't wait to get her letters and hear about all the fantastic work she is doing! Of course I'll miss her terribly, but somehow I'll make it through!! :)
Oh, and a few notes on the actual drop off process.
1. Because Wednesdays are the day all new missionaries go in, it is absolutely a madhouse over at the MTC. There were seriously lines to go and take a picture with your missionary infront of the gates! Crazy!
2. When you drop off your missionary you are giving a spot on the curb to pull up to and then the missionary is just supposed to get out and grab their luggage and go. And Andy was super nervous because she had two big suitcases and wasn't sure she'd be able to lug them around. But as we were driving in, we noticed that at each parking spot were two Elders with Host nametages, ready to help you with your luggage! It was seriously precious and it like made my day!

California...California.. Here we Coooooommmmeee!!!

So this past weekend we finally made a trip out to Redlands! We hadn't been since the wedding, and I was missing my family, the weather, the palm trees, Andy and just about EVERYTHING in Redlands!
We went out for Andy's farewell and then just to spend time with the familia. We mostly hung out and ate and that's about it! We got to go down to Orange County to go see my grandparents, which was super nice because Ben had only met them once and that was at our wedding reception.
Andy's farewell talk was wonderful and her primary class sung "I hope they call me on a mission," and pretty much all of us cried! We didn't get to spend as much with Andy as we had hoped, but at least we got to see her for a little bit before she left for 18 months!
Anywho, it was a really short trip and we were so lame we didn't take any pictures! But we are planning another trip out to California in August for my birthday! It's going to be a Disneyland Extravaganza! And I promise there will be a TON of pictures to put on from that trip!