Monday, August 31, 2015

Steph and Emery

Stephanie and Emery's wedding was on Saturday the 15th. It was an exciting and special (and busy) day! 
Of course I took a lot of pictures...they had a great photographer and I'm very excited to see her pictures (I've seen a few already and wow! They are amazing!)
Here are a few I took before the ceremony...they had guests put gifts in the back of the truck.  
Their centerpieces
The venue. This is in my dad's garden. They planted grass for the wedding and planted corn around it. I couldn't really picture it at first (because before this is was a patch of dirt and weeds), but it was really beautiful. It was looking really cloudy and stormy right before the ceremony. I was sure it was going to come in and pour but it didn't. It actually ended up being perfect. It cooled down a lot and the breeze was nice. It also made for some nice pictures.
Steph loves mushrooms and majored in mycology so there were a lot of mushrooms incorporated in the wedding. 
Their ring boxes. 
Me and my sister Jen
James, Karrah, baby James
Jen, Jake and Bruce 
Johnny, Josy, Tyler
Adalynn and Lyla were flower girls and they loved every minute of it. 
I think I found a new, really cute place for pictures. 
Emily walking down the isle. 
I somehow missed Devin walking down the isle--he was too quick! Darn! Hopefully their photographer got one.
Here come the girls. 
I love how Adalynn has a little dimple when she is nervous. 
Steph and Dad 
  
The ceremony was really beautiful. Their good friend Sue officiated and did an amazing job. Their exchanged vows. All my siblings and I read a cute story about their relationship (with vegetable puns throughout). Steph and Emery looked so beautiful and happy. 
Everyone with Stephanie except Johnny (sorry Johnny! I wasn't quick enough)
Their wedding favors--strawberry jam (all made by my family) (such a cute idea right!?) 
Reception time! 
After pictures, they had a station to get appetizers and something to drink. Then they served dinner.
Giant Jenga
They had a kissing booth 
Devin and his buddy 
Lyla was so tired at the end of the night.
I put my camera away once it got dark so I don't have any pictures of dancing or the rest of the night. But here are a few highlights I want to remember

  • Jared still has some moves (especially when you play Ice Ice Baby). 
  • Jared trying to teach Devin how to dance was adorable.
  • Their cake was so cute! It had meringue mushrooms all over it. 
  • They served 5 different kinds of pies (another really cool idea). 
  • One highlight for me was, I was able to see a lot of friends and family from my Payson days. Two of my best friend's parents (Miranda and Blair) were there, and a lot of old young women leaders were there too. My best friend Lauri, was there are we were able to catch up--isn't cool how even when you haven't seen a good friend for years, once you do see them, it is like no time has passed at all? Lauri and I became friends in 3rd grade. Really cool (and kinda crazy) that we have been friends for 26 years! And now I feel so old! 
  • And of course, being with family and celebrating Steph and Emery!!! It was a beautiful wedding and a FUN reception! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Arizona

The kids and I left for AZ 9 days before my sister's wedding. 

In the garden
This is the first time in a few years I have been home when the corn is ready. Super excited about that! I've said it before and I'll say it again, my dad grows the best sweet corn!
Dad teaching my city kids how to pick corn. 
Karrah and baby James were there and my kids ADORED him. Especially Devin. 
This is my dad's 56 Ford that he restored. Such a cool car! I wanted picture of the kids by it and Steph wanted to use if for her reception so the kids and I washed it. 
Lyla found my mom's wig stash. 
The tree house got a fresh coat of paint before we came and we decorated it with wall stickers. 
A few pictures of the kids with the truck. 
Devin and I went on a hike in the creek. 
Visiting Great Grandpa
Devin loved walking up the hill to visit him (he did it about 5 times a day). I love that he loves him. 
Speaking of walking up the hill to visit grandpa! Karrah and I were hanging out on the lawn and Devin runs up and tells me us they saw a snake on the hill. I went up there and sure enough there was a rattle snake under a tree right off the driveway. The girls were crying and afraid. My grandpa gave me his gun and I shot it. I actually felt kinda bad shooting it since it was just minding his own business but I was also worried it would get one of the kids or the dog. Anyways, about an hour after the first one, Devin comes running up and tells me there is another snake! I thought he was lying, but there was another one under the same tree. I shot that one too. 
Completely worn out. 
Friday my mom and I took the kids to Sun Splash where we met Johnny, Josy and Tyler. It was a FUN day. My mom is such a fun, energetic grandma....she was going down all the rides with the kids and was up for anything. 
After sun splash, we went to Johnny and Josy's house and stayed a few days. It was great just hanging out, swimming and getting our nails done by Josy. Saturday we met Jen and Bruce at a splash pad. 

I had to drive by the Gilbert Temple. I was disappointed it was locked up so we weren't there long. (plus is was crazy hot). It sure is pretty! 
Monday we went to the Lake.
James is one cute kid! 
Making Jam
My dad and I took the kids to Tonto Natural Bridge. I think I read that it is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The last time I went was when Jared and I were dating. It was a beautiful hike and the kids enjoyed it. There is a bunch of water at the bottom of he bridge and the kids went swimming (but man! It was cold). 

This is the view from above
This is where we hiked down, at the bottom of the bridge. 
Back at home, hanging out. 
Karrah is so mean (but not really!)...she put James right in front of the sprinkler and got him wet. His face just cracks me up. 
Steph and Emery had their rehearsal dinner at Chapparel Pines. Pretty fancy! Both the girls felt sick right as we were leaving so we left them home with Karrah and my cousins.
I obviously did not get the memo about wearing blue! 
Cute Devin! He was so mad I made him get dressed up (I don't consider this getting dressed up but if it isn't basketball shorts and a t-shirt, be thinks it is getting dressed up). 
I had so much fun being with my siblings. It is a lot of fun now that most of us have kids. We had a few late nights where we just talked and laughed and had such a good time. I haven't laughed so hard (like crying, peeing my pants kind of laughing) in a really long time. 
Up next, my sister's wedding!