Dallin and I had been playing with the idea of making a trip up to Utah. We really wanted to see so many people there and we thought it'd be a good cognitive move for Dallin to see what memories would come back. We just weren't sure about me driving the whole way and taking off of Dallin's therapy. Teddi had mentioned that Tell and Beau (her brothers) were wanting to find a ride up there over Conference weekend and we jumped at the chance to have extra drivers.
It was a really great trip overall and we got to do so much, but it was so quick!
We got to see Conner and Megara! It was so great to catch up with them and talk about their new little boy due in December. We just love them!
The first day there we headed up to Logan and it brought so many memories back to Dallin. He got so excited. We saw Lance, who helped us go through our storage unit -so sweet! Then we got to see Brandon and Caitlin who were our good friends and next door neighbors! They helped clean and fix up our apartment after we had to leave so suddenly. They're awesome.
One really amazing thing is when we drove up to Kenny and Janalee's temporary home (this is the house Dallin helped them move into just before the accident) Dallin said that he'd been there before. I asked when he'd been there and if it was the night of the accident and he said that he was sure it couldn't have been the night of the accident because he distinctly remembered helping move a chicken coop and stopping by the Bishop's afterward. (At the time Dallin's nearest memory before the accident was at least a couple weeks before.) Anyway, I wasn't with them the night of the accident when they were moving stuff in (direct orders from Janalee that I not lift too much) so I couldn't tell him whether or not it was the night of the accident. We went in and asked Brock about it and sure enough those were all vivid details of what happened about an hour before Dallin got in his accident. We were amazed!
Brock, Chase, and Keato were all so happy to see Dallin. It hit them really hard when Dallin was in the accident because we had been at their house playing with them just minutes before talking about how they were going to have to come over for a sleepover. Also, they went to the car to look for Dallin's cell phone and all started crying. What's interesting though, is that they all shared how this experience built their testimony. It was so touching.
Before we left Logan we got to stop by Dallin's work and see his boss Dave and Theresa. It just so happened that Rusty (the Vet) was there and Sarah (Vet tech) along with some people Dallin worked with. We all went for a walk around the farm to see some of the new buildings and chat. Dallin said that Dave was talking to him about projects they're working on like he would before and that made him feel good.
Dallin and Dave
Dallin, Rusty, Sarah, Dave, and Theresa
They all pitched in and got Dallin and I a baby gift for the shower. They are all so thoughtful. It was some Utah State gear and blanket. Some binkies too. Ugh, we just are so grateful for all their support.
This is Stevie Wonder, the lamb that Dallin and I would come and feed at night because he had some development problems. We were coming to feed him and the girls the night of the accident. He isn't doing too well still (you may be able to tell by his size) - poor guy!
When Tara heard we were coming up she and Teddi arranged a Baby Shower for me! It was so sweet of them and it was such a wonderful time. Tara is quite the party-planner! Everything was perfect and there were so many people who came and showed their support.
Grandma Allen, Teddi, Jessica, Sister Sheets
Stephanie Garcia and McKenzie Masters
Paula, me, Sister Austin, Sister Briggs
Aunt Carol, Valentine, Aunt Joyce, Liz
Tracy Allen, Megan McAdams, Sister Nielson (My Mission Mama), Sara Bezdjian, Shelby Ostler
Such sweet gifts-so fun!
Adorable little outfit!
I love all these people so much!
Hyrum, Tara, Char, and me. All three of us due within a month of each other! Both Tara and Char are on their 3rd. It was so good to see her and her little man.
Levi and Ty are getting so big. They are such good buddies. They loved the cake Tara got for the shower. :)
TJ, Devin, Dallin, Beau, Tell
The shower was timed to be during the General Conference Priesthood session so the men were off. Looking sharp!
That night we stayed at TJ and Tara's house. We stayed up late talking and had a lot of fun! The next morning we were headed back to Arizona. So grateful to have seen so many.