Here's how it all played out with wonderful blessings along the way. I'm linking this to Susanne's Living to Tell the Story Friday Fave Fives.
1. A great substitute teacher. It's not easy to get a sub for my job. You have to have had training as an IEW teacher. Last summer I spent a few days working and helping to train four women who are now teaching the curriculum alongside my boss and me. Finally--I can confidently take a week away from classes and know my students will smoothly move on through the program.
2. Time with that New Boy who has grown up so much. In the mornings, I monitored his schoolwork. Easy peasy. He just sat down and did it.
It turns out that the heated swimming pool was the best attraction of the days we were in a city in the northern climes (read: colder than California!) It was beautiful, though.
On the last day, we finally persuaded him that a trip to the park would be OK.
3. One of the best parts of the trip was meeting many of my daughter's colleagues who obviously respect her abilities and expertise in her field of work. Of course it was fun to listen to the interaction of the brainiacs around the dining table. I am incredibly proud of this amazing woman--my daughter!
4. To sweeten the deal, my daughter added three days in Phoenix with our new little PAL to the offer!
The cousins meet for the first time.
New Boy definitely had fun with his uncle! Who had the most fun??
5. The Professor had a hand surgery already scheduled for the time while I was gone. Although it was a simple surgical procedure, he needed 'supervision' for a day. Son #2 to the rescue! How I appreciate my son who just rearranged his grad school academic schedule and came from the San Francisco Bay area to hang out with his dad for three days, drive him around, and watch football with him.
So that was my little adventure to Utah and Arizona. Now it's back to the routine.