Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Important to know: this picture was taken on Sunday and Kyle entered the MTC this afternoon. Because of the new drop-off policy, we knew we would not be able to take the time to take pictures, so we did the pics ahead of time. (I want to make that very clear--since the kids are all feeling they have been "living a lie" for 5 years. None of them (except Brent) seem to remember being told that Brent opened his mission call ahead of time with just Allan and me and then when he read it to the whole family on the conference call, we already knew ; ) And speaking of Brent going on his mission--wow, can you believe how little Kyle was when Brent went. It was cute because the other day Kyle said to his dad he never realized what a big deal it was when Brent went and how much preparation and stuff you have to do before you go. Now he understands. I know Brent will be a great support to him when he's out. He will give him great advice and Kyle will listen because Brent has been there.
Another picture we took on Sunday at the MTC. I know Heidi and Kyle will really miss each other. Brent had Sacrament Meeting when we were taking the pictures ; (
We have had a great week together. Kyle and I have played Rockband--it's been so fun. I think most of Monday he spent playing the drums.
He also challenged Tank to a game of ping pong. We went to see a movie together (How to Train Your Dragon--Heidi and Kyle hadn't seen it and Brent was working at the theater), had some great meals together at some of our favorite places--Cafe Rio, Kneaders, Zupas, In-N-Out, Market Street Grill and even had ice cream at Cold Stone. We were planning on hiking the Y, but our plans were ruined when it snowed. (Heidi, Brent, Allan and I will hike it tonight--maybe we'll wave at Elder Robison from up on top ; )
We have loved having the opportunity to visit a couple of temples
Kyle, Brent, and I visited Heidi's class yesterday afternoon. Kyle played the guitar and Heidi sang. The kids loved it. They were so cute.
Then Kyle played the piano for them. They really enjoyed it--it was cute to watch them get into it. He played a couple of songs that he has composed and they seemed to enjoy them. It was a lot of fun.
Then the teachers were playing kickball against the 6th Graders and Kyle went out to play with Heidi.
The last time we saw these kids was last August right after school began, so it was fun to see how much they have grown up. Heidi is a great teacher and does a wonderful job with her class.
Last night he was set apart. We were very lucky we could do it here in Utah so Brent and Heidi could be there for it. Needless to say, it was a great blessing. His dad always does a great job when he sets missionaries apart. His two aunts and his cousin, Jennifer, who he got to know better while the two of them were here at BYU this last year, were also there. We had to laugh because after he was set apart, he couldn't hug Jennifer--love the picture.
At least he could hug his sister.
This morning we went to the Draper Temple with Elder Robison and Brent.
We went to In-N-Out for lunch. Couldn't believe how many missionaries getting ready to go to the MTC were there--too funny.
And then it was time to go to the MTC. I think I was ready and I know Elder Robison was ready. I had explained to him that I would hold back the tears. My feeling is it's always hard enough on the kids when they have these separation moments and seeing me crying isn't going to make it any easier for them. But I failed--I had a few tears, especially when I hugged him goodbye. It was hard for Allan, too. I think Elder Robison was happy to go quickly because he was starting to tear up.
I am comforted knowing that my Idaho blogging buddies will be watching out for him. Thanks to everyone for all your support and encouragement. It's going to be a great two years.
The big question is HOW IN THE HECK ARE WE GOING TO GET ALL THE STUFF HE LEFT HERE IN OUR CAR TO TAKE BACK HOME???