Such a beautiful temple!
Time for the fireworks! Ryan sang America the Beautiful Ray Charles style.
Jaxon's uncomfortable crossing. He hated it!
Right after High Creek it was time for the Mud Pots at Troy's rock quarry. It was amazing. Best mud pot experience ever. The kids loved it.
Mom joined us to. This pond was cool because there was about 2 feet of water on top of 2 feet of soft mud. It was perfect for everyone to crawl around on.
We came back to Kelly's and hosed off.
Lottie thought she was Lady Godiva.
After a hamburger cookout we had a little accident. The kids were playing on Kelly's huge swing set. Gemma was on the big metal swing and Lottie ran into it and cut her cheek open. It was a bloody mess and kind of shocking.
We were able to meet Josh's new fiance, and soon bride-to-be, Sydney. Fun to say high to Shelby too.
Kelly and Troy are so much fun. We loved spending the weekend with them. The kids can't get enough of them.
The stitches- four of them to be exact. We hope it doesn't leave to big of a scar.
We had a fun cookout that night at Kim and Daves.
We had some fun with sparklers and played cards while explosions erupted all around us.
Doesn't this picture just sum up the fourth of July?
They had a fun water play area, complete with water shield apron where Lottie could sit in the table. Fun.
The boys found this giant lego building area and used every single lego to build this house. Other kids joined in on the fun too.
Lottie and I took a moment and snapped these photo booth pics. She keeps calling this her daddy date so- check and check!
We had an interesting thing happen while we were in Utah. I've been applying to a ton of colleges for music and choral professor positions. I had a few interviews with University of Wisconsin, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and Paris Texas Community College. Oklahoma seemed very serious about me, so Ari and I thought we should head out there and check out the campus. We took a whirlwind of a 24 hour trip to head over to Guymon and Goodwell Oklahoma. We flew into Oklahoma city the night before, really late and stayed with an old BYU roommate of Kim's. They lived next door to the Oklahoma City temple- so we were able to add this pic to our temple check list!
We had a layover in Denver and ate a fantastic meal at this place.
I ordered Lamb Sliders with a curry yogurt sauce for the sweet potato fries, and a mint yogurt sauce for the sliders. They were insanely good!
While we were in the airport in Denver I received an email from my contact at Oklahoma PSU and was officially offered the job. I was ecstatic. Ready to jump over the moon. And definitely ready to move to Oklahoma. I didn't care what the job was- it was college, and I had my foot in the door.
Ari told me to not rush anything and wait to see what we saw in OK.
I couldn't sleep at all that night. We got to Kim's friends around midnight, but I couldn't sleep till 2. Then a dog jumped on me and freaked me out. By 3 I was ready to go. I just had to get out to the panhandle. I woke up Ari at 4 and told her we needed to go. She ended up sleeping the whole way there. I was buzzing with adrenaline.
I noticed as we drove out of OK City that the land just became more ugly and desolate the further we were from the city. Once we got to the panhandle it was SO ugly. Yikes.
The wind was blowing, and apparently it never stops. All the trees lean toward the north.
We drove out to campus and it was pretty old and run down. The building all look about 100 years old.
The library. The guy who runs it is a member in the Guymon branch.
The sign. (I still thought I was taking the job at this point).
Another building on campus
Driving out. . .back to the airport in OK City.
I could tell that Ari was not feeling this place at all. Housing was looking pretty slim, the options were not great. We got a weird feeling from the school. All in all, it didn't seem like the best fit for us. The biggest problem was that it would be a sizeable cut in salary from what we currently get. The cost of living would not make up for that so it just didn't make sense to go that direction with our family.
Interestingly enough, I have a friend who is going through the same process- wanting to get into college teaching. I told him about the position, a few days later I found out he accepted the position and moving there with his family. It will be interesting to see what happens! Can't wait to see the great things he does over there.
Finally time to head back to Arizona. We timed it just right to have lunch at our favorite Cafe in Bluff, UT. We love the Twin Rocks Cafe. Their stew, indian fry bread, and burgers are crazy good!