When I had the crazy idea last year to try to win a ticket to the conference, my main reasoning was that I had family in the area that I could stay with and meet up with when I came. It was probably my favorite part of the trip!
I have to share the funniest thing first–I have a sister-in-law who lives with her husband and their 5 kids near Thanksgiving Point (where the conference was) I was sad that I wasn’t going to be able to visit them because they were leaving the same day to go to Minsk, Belarus where they are going to live for 4 months while he teaches there. But then, I actually got to see all of them, in the Salt Lake Airport! I happened to land about 40 minutes before their take off, so we got to sit and visit for a little bit. Such a fun surprise that it worked out!
Then I stayed with my sister Chris, so we got to hang out every night I was there.
I also drove down to Provo to visit my brother and his wife at BYU. The last time I saw Mike and Aly was at their wedding, so not a lot of downtime to chat. It was fun getting all caught up with them!
It was fun being back on campus since it’s where my husband and I both went to school and met.
(and yes, those are my duct tape boots–they made me feel kind of famous at the conference since a couple of people recognized them!)
On Saturday we all went to Cafe Rio for lunch too. Yum!
I’ll be back later to share about some of the people I met and things I did during the conference. Thanks for reading!