Sadly, the last couple days spent in Casper with Dallas's parents were spent in bed. Both Dallas and I got super sick, I still don't know how Daxton came out unscathed! Drew and Kristie were absolute saints and watched Daxton while Dallas and I were doped up on cold medicines and asleep downstairs. Drew later told Dallas that was his favorite part of our visit, because they got to just play with Daxton all day, so it worked out for all of us!
Our return flight back to Florida was out of Salt Lake City early in the morning. We ended up driving from Casper to a hotel right next to airport the night before our flight. It was a pretty painful drive since both Dallas and I were still super sick and groggy. Luckily this kid was an angel! He played with his pirate toys (thank you again Ashleigh and Robbie!) and watched the iPad for most of the day and evening.
The next day was pretty rough since it started super early, we were still sick, and we had a layover in Arizona. At one point I thought my ears were going to explode with the sinus pressure I was experiencing. At least the little man slept on my "puffies" for a good portion of the longer flight.
I have to admit, seeing this view as we were landing felt so good! I had greatly missed the warm ocean and sandy beaches.
Luckily our home was locked up nice and tight still, but we were greeted by two major problems...
First, the backyard had grown to an absolute jungle. Literally the grass was higher than Dallas's knees at some points in the yard. There were also massive weeds growing in-between the pavers. It took Dallas the entire day to cut everything back and bag it all up. It was too much for our push lawn mower to handle, so Dallas first used a weed wacker and then mowed.
Secondly, our entire master bedroom closet fell apart. The wire shelving where all our clothes were hanging ripped away from the drywall. It was an absolute mess! The whole next week we spent ripping everything out, moving all our clothes, and shopping at Ikea for new closet inserts. Daxton was a dream at Ikea as long as we promised him ice cream at the end. He also thought the little carts were super fun to ride in.
It was really nice to be home, but sad we were welcomed with surprises. I guess it could be worse though! Overall it was a whirlwind summer vacation for over four weeks. We were able to see both sides of our immediate families which was our goal and we were even able to squeeze a fun trip back to the Bay Area. We were so grateful that Dallas has the means to work remotely when needed. Spending time with loved ones was exactly what we needed!