I'm a wife to a wonderful man, Dan and a mother to 10 amazing kids. I'm a "mom-in-law" and a grandma. I love being all the things I am. I work as a Speech~Language Pathologist with a local school district and I am also a Pharmacy Tech in my "spare time". In the summers I love working in my flower gardens and taking pictures of my beautiful roses. I enjoy reading, cross-stitching, sewing, walking, and reading my family's blogs. I especially love holding our new grandbabies and talking with my children. I have a great life and I am grateful for the many blessings I have.
"Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' 'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ~ Alice in Wonderland
Spending a weekend with Jace and Annie is as fun as going to the zoo. Actually, it was even funner than that.
I went to their new place in Midvale, Utah and spent some time with them a week after Brooklyn was born. Mark was going on a biking trip with some friends and Laura was at home with the kids. I took Thursday, September 20th and Friday, September 21st off of work and headed south. Thursday afternoon.
Jace and Annie took me to their new "playground" right outside their apartment. We played ship on the slides and then went for a short walk to look at the flowers near their new house.
Friday morning we loaded up and headed to Salt Lake. Laura drove her car there and got us into The Children's Museum. They have a family pass but she had to be there to get us in. Soon afterwards she took baby Brooklyn home and the three of us stayed to play for hours and hours. We ate a lunch that Laura had packed for us and then we went to get my tire fixed.
I had a slow leak and needed it fixed. Jace, Annie and I ate pizza at the tire store and waited for the car to get done.
After that we went out to the Kennecot Mines in Magna. It was a fun ride out there. The kids had been there before with Mark and Laura but it was all new to me. I soaked it up like a little kid myself. We spent a little bit of time walking around and seeing all the videos, and sites that we could. It started to get a little cold so we got back in the car and headed home. What a fun Friday!
We got up Saturday and decided to make it a day at the Zoo. My Olympus camera had broken so we tried to pick up a new camera at a Walmart on the way. No go! We didn't find the camera I was looking for so we just went on. I took a few pictures with my camera. They aren't the best but at least I have some.
We rented a double stroller and bought some hats and then we hit the cages.
We ate another yummy lunch that Laura had put together and then we ended with rides on the carousel
The area was ablaze with fires and the sky was cloudy red with a big ball of red. You could actually look right at the sun and it didn't hurt your eyes. It took over a month for the fires to all be extinquished. Alisha and I had to have a picture since we could look right at it.
Seth and Ali's wedding was one of the most beautiful I've seen. The day started out at the Idaho Falls Temple were they were married and sealed together for time and all eternity. When they came out of the temple, Alaisa was radiant. Family pictures were taken and then we came home for the luncheon.
After lunch the men headed to the Sportsman's Park to set things up for the ring ceremony, reception and dance.
And here at the house we were all getting ready for a big night.
And when we got there they had taken pictures ....
and everything was in place and beautiful.
They had a formal line with Alaisa and her dad, Seth and myself and a whole line of bridesmaids and grooms men. We all walked down the path towards the seated area.
Marley was the Flower Girl and Sitani was the Ring Bearer. They were so cute!!
President Reilly conducted the ceremony and Gracie read a poem. Kelsey, Ali's sister also participated but I've forgotten what she read. Seth and Ali exchanged rings and the party started.
They served breads and spreads and pies and cake.
One of the highlights of the evening was having Roger and Candy Vickery there with us! It was so good to see them both again!! And to think they drove over from Oregon just for this.
We knew they were coming and we had waited with anticipation. Unlike, when I suddenly, out of the blue saw Carlos and Sharon Becerra. What?? That was Chiloquin. Weren't we here in Idaho Falls? Where they really here, too? Those were some of the random thoughts I had when I first saw them. They had decided to surprise us and come for the wedding. WOW! They had driven all night and were heading back the next day. WOW!! What a wonderful surprise. It was such a surprise that we didn't even get a picture of them there. However, we had a great visit. Then I joined Dan at the table with several of our good Ward family. So many wonderful people all there for Seth and Ali.
There was a dance below by the river and I Seth danced with me once. The kids all had a great time and Peggy and I visited for a long time as men and boys hauled out the chairs and tables and the lights were taken down. We tried to help but mostly we just stood on the bridge. The lights were low and it was such a beautiful, warm, August night.
The next afternoon the Vickery's came over and had lunch with us on the patio. It was wonderful to visit with them again and we made promises to get together more often. It was like family leaving when they had to go.
Mostly, I loved being in the Temple with Dan and several of our children!! Will had stayed a week with us and was there to help with everything!! Haini's and Kristi's family was there as well as Mark and Laura's. Luke flew in special for the wedding and Grace was home, too. She would be leaving soon for Germany so it was especially good to have here there with us.
Visiting with family and friends ~ Time together ~ From start to finish, that's what it's all about~
Thank you Seth and Alaisa for a wonderful day ~ one we'll never forget.