Visiting Mattawa Part 1

Last weekend we jumped on a plane for a quick trip to my hometown in Washington state. 

When you think of Washington I know what comes to mind: space needles and Sleepless in Seattle. While we do love our Puget Sound, my version of Washington is about 3 hours inland where things flatten out a little bit and we are known for our wind, not our rain.

My grandparents moved to the state decades ago to start their apple orchard farms. I'm a little biased, but you haven't really eaten an apple unless you picked it yourself on a cold, crisp, Mattawa morning.

 Mattawa is a tiny town, fueled by the agriculture along the Columbia River. Since we hadn't been back to visit (WA is a little out of the way...) since the beginning of my blog (it had been waaay too long!), we made the most of our couple days.

We lived out our Friday Night Lights dream watching my brother, who is a captain of the football team, play his heart out! I reminisced of my own high school career as a cheerleader and was surprised that I could still cheer along with the squad!

We ate lunch at my favorite place growing up (the taco wagon) and stopped by Estudillos for my absolute favorite candy

in the whole world

. I should have grabbed more because home is the only place I can find it! We even searched every candy and grocery store in Mexico during our trip last year, and couldn't find

Slaps

anywhere.

The reason for our trip to the Northwest was because my brother had been serving a two-year mission in the heart of Navajo country in New Mexico. During his mission I only spoke to him twice! Once during Christmas and once on Mother's Day when he accidentally called me instead of Mom. I am so proud of everything that he learned and all of the service that he gave as he taught people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though he was an amazing missionary it is sooo good to have him back so we can chat whenever we want.