GH and I have lived in our new home for nearly a year and while there are some people I like and see once a week there hasn't been anyone in St. Louis I have felt a strong bond with. And honestly, I miss having a friend to go to movies with, or run off to the beach with, or ring up for a spontaneous weekend brunch. It's true that I have a great husband and I certainly don't discount him in my life, but there's something really important about having girlfriends close. Then again it could just be the reality of making friends as an adult. The reality that time constraints and other responsibilities make finding new friends in your mid 30s tough. That said, you can only imagine how elated I was to spend the last two weeks of July with my family.
Before we left for vacation I made a deliberate goal to capture people in my photographs, as opposed to food and vistas. Of course I ended up doing both, but looking back I'm so glad I have these pixel memories of people who mean the most to me. We drove from St. Louis to Salt Lake City, stopping in Colorado Springs to visit with GH's parents. Our time in Utah was divided between friends and family and I felt especially lucky to have so much one-on-one time with my nieces and nephews. After our time in Salt Lake we ventured north to Bear Lake, where we spent time with a group of friends from my time at Utah State University. For three nights we relaxed in this massive house, which fit our group of 20 adults and 25 kids with no problem. Each day I literally found myself feeling lighter. Happy and at ease. In addition to seeing old college chums, I squeezed in a few special lunch dates. And isn't being surrounded by familiar faces, feeling loved, and spending time with those whom you have a shared history what family is all about?