For most of her life Alycia and I were very close. We talked about everything and often got into very deep discussions. I would go and tuck her into bed at 10:00 or 11:00 and it would be midnight before I would get out of her room. Once she got into serious dating however her interests drifted elsewhere.
Alycia decided that she would go off to Snow College and spend one year with Ben and get to know him better. Ben had returned from his mission and was going to Snow so off she went with her brother. She was planning on getting a Social Science degree with a teaching composite. She wants to be a High School history teacher. She loved her first year at school.
Alycia is actually the one child who did take my advice when she went to college. She had a serious boyfriend when she went to college and they did agree to date other people. I fully expected that she would find some nice young man at college and completely forget her boyfriend that she left behind but unfortunately when she returned home and her old boyfriend returned home from NAU they hooked right back up again.
After her first year at Snow and especially when Ben decided to head off to Mesa College she decided to transfer to the University of Utah. This time when she was at school I began to hear more and more about this boy named Trevor. Trevor was from St George and had been on a mission to South Africa. We all expected to see a diamond by Christmas but the actual diamond didn't show up until the wedding plans were well underway.
Alycia and Trevor were married on August 11, 2009. One day before my birthday. It may have been the best wedding present I've ever had. Trevor and Alycia could both be graduating from the U of U this coming spring but Alycia will be doing one more year to get a minor in ESL and also to get her credentials.
Over the last year or so Alycia and I have regained that closeness that we used to enjoy. Trevor is planning on going to law school (what is it with my kids and law school) and I'm really hoping it will be somewhere near Southern California. It has been so wonderful to have Ben and Brandon within visiting distance and I would love to have Alycia where we could go visit without spending a day on the highway. Like I've said so often, the hardest part of being a parent is sending them away. Of course, the other side of that coin is that one of the best parts of being a parent is to see your kids make good choices and become well balanced contributing members of society. If everything else in my life ends up a failure at least I know that I've brought some really wonderful kids into this world.