Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Feeling somewhat nostalgic

As fall has hit, the valley here has just gotten even more pretty. Looking at some of our pictures I couldn't just help but think about growing up here.

While growing up here, I totally hated living in a small town. I hated that the closest movie theater was 20 minutes away. I hated that I was related to almost everyone. I do in fact know who my 8th cousins are in some cases. I didn't really like that I went to high school with not 1, but 8 of my cousins- 6 on my Dad’s side and 2 on my Mom’s and lets be honest I’m probably forgetting someone. I hated that all we had to do was go bowling or light toilet paper on fire and kick it around (Seriously that really happened). I had a professor at BYU-I tell me he wanted to live here someday and I thought he was crazy!

It took me living outside the Mormon bubble that runs from lets say St. George to oh maybe somewhere in Southeast Idaho, to really appreciate where I grew up. Although everything in Reno seemed a lot closer it still took 20 minutes to get there.

But I love it now, well at least some things.

I love that we can go see my parents on a whim- I don’t know if they love that though. I love that I get to live in this gorgeous valley again. I even sometimes love running into old friends at the grocery store, sometimes. I love that I get to see some of my oldest and dearest friends if we can ever coordinate schedules right.

I love living here with Grandpa and that my kids love him and want to play with him. Seriously, Mooch was trying to wrestle him the other day and it made me think of all the times Grandpa did that with all of us grandkids when we were little. I love that Chad gets to see where I grew up for an extended period of time, yet again not sure if he loves it. This place made me who I am. The people here made me who I am. I’m grateful for it. I just thought I’d tell all of you that because, well I can.


Rachel said...

by the way, i love your taste in music. benton and i have been listening to it for about two rotations. love it.

Banta Family said...

...love the random ramblings... Yes we are finally settled in and our ward is great; we stopped by the church on saturday to ask what time our ward started, and I just happened to meet the relief society president, so many people new about the "Bantas" by the end of Sac. Meeting. Everyone is very nice and friendly and it is a good mix of on base and off base people and young and old people.
It was good to see you guys again; we will look forward to spending Christmas together with the fam!

Tawna said...

Well said! I totally agree!!