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The nearly empty nest thing takes some getting used to. This past week we took a final vacation with our boys before our 18-year-old, Samson, heads to Richmond, Virginia, for two years to serve as a missionary.

If that's not traumatic enough for a momma, that will mean we have only one minor child, Caleb, still at home. There's a lot of secret crying going on over here.

Anyway, Sam and I took the boys and Samson's best bud, Darvel, to San Diego, California, for some water fun, per Samson's request.

Day one was spent riding wave runners.

Day two was Sea World.

Day three including boogie boarding, kite and drone flying, swimming in the pool, and riding electric scooters up the coast.

As you can imagine, enormous amounts of food were involved in all phases.

We drove out of a blizzard to get to the beach and drove back into another one on the way back to Utah. The second one took us out. You'll have to watch the video for the down low!