Saturday, August 18, 2012

Road Trip!

Because it was our anniversary on the 8th, we decided to take the week before the wedding and drive down to California. We made the (hard) decision to leave Grant with Brandon's mom for the week (thank you!!) I was really sad leaving him, but by the end of the trip we were glad he didn't tag along :)

We got to stop on the way to Provo and see my new niece, Riley!
We stayed in Provo and Mikey and Shiann's (Thank you!)
Brandon and I used our Seven Peaks pass on Monday
Then went to our fav Thai restaurant!
And I got my FAV dessert, mango and sticky rice

Next stop: Vegas!
We stayed at Adam and Meghan's (Thank you!)
Another old roommate, Craig, was driving through going back to dental school in Cali and stayed with us! It was great to be reunited.

We ate at The Sugar Factory on The Strip.
The. best. pizza of my life.
Then the boys had to play a little Adam and Meghan's bedroom..
Anniversary dinner at Cheesecake Factory in Caesars Palace
Bellagio water show

Next stop: Hemet, CA!
Snuggling with the babe
Frozen yogurt with some of the family that stayed at Melissa's

Next stop: Laguna Beach, CA!

We all got to go to this gorgeous private beach in Kaitlin's family's neighborhood

The next days were full of wedding festivities!
It was a great vacation!

Trevor and Kaitlin's Wedding

My brother Trevor married the darling Kaitlin Kimball on August 11th in the San Diego Temple and it was a beautiful day! Well, it actually started out with me getting out of the shower to a text from my dad saying something along the lines of, "They are shutting all but one lane of the freeway down. Everyone needs to leave now." So I left looking like a wet dog so I wouldn't miss my brother's wedding, but they had already re-opened the freeway and we got there an hour earlier than necessary. (Thank goodness for visitor center bathroom's with outlets so I could do my hair ;)
The sealing was performed by Kaitlin's Grandpa and was so great. It was awesome to hear (all day actually) how much her family ADORES Trevor.
Unfortunately, the photographer went to the wrong temple and so we all had to wait 2 hours after the sealing for him to come and the married couple to come out!

The brother's in law (and they whine that they never get to be in the
pictures ;)

Kaitlin's family was so gracious and had a luncheon at her Grandparent's beautiful home right on the ocean. Then, since we were already behind schedule we had to head over to the reception, which was at a beautiful park in the same neighborhood.
This was probably the most beautiful reception I've ever been to. They thought of everything!

Live birds

Cookie and ice cream sandwiches

Cute little boxes to fill all the fresh fruit you could imagine! Brandon was in heaven with the raspberries

And I was in heaven with Chelsea's new baby Riley

Cute tree that people wrote notes and hung them on


Setting off lanterns

Aaaand then it was a 12 hour drive home the next day. (We were planning on 14, so it wasn't that bad!)

Friday, August 17, 2012


It's no secret that Summer is my FAVORITE time of the year and we have been livin it up!
Here is a way out of order picture overload of what we've been up to.

Got some tan lines ;)
Grant and I did a 2 week Mommy and Me swim class at the Rec
Went to the Lincoln County Fair
Watched Dad play softball
Went to the Cassia County fair and rodeo
The biggest event has been Brandon accepting a different position in the Aardema Company and is now running their calf ranch of about 8,000 calves and 35 employees over in Wendell. This means we are looking to build or buy a new house closer to town and to his work. It has been quite stressful! Any advice is appreciated. This house we looked at above has a custom basketball court...of course it's been Brandon's favorite.