Friday, September 14, 2012

Wonderful Wedding

After Trent's homecoming, I worked like a maniac for the next two weeks.  
Long hours, little rest, blah, blah, blah.
You get the picture.
We needed to get to Utah for my niece's wedding.
Because I was working at a place that is on the way out of town,
I devised a plan where my family would load up the car,
and come and pick me up.
And then we would head to Utah.
I figured that this would mean we could get on the road earlier than 
if I drove the twenty minutes home and then back again.  
I failed to fully appreciate the crucial role that I always play
in packing for trips/getting everyone out of the house.
In the end after many phone calls asking me where such and such was,
they picked me up and we were off.
And luckily no one forgot anything that a trip to the store couldn't fix.
We made it to Spanish Fork by about 11:00 pm.

Friday morning we were up early in order to be to the Mt Timpanogas Temple by 9:30.
Unfortunately, Trent got another cyst on his tailbone and it was really
bothering him to the point that he couldn't sleep.
I didn't see how he was going to make through the day without a visit to the doctor.
And really the day was very full,
so I sent him off with my husband to the urgent care in Springville.
They got there right when it opened at 8:00 am.  
Luckily, they got it treated and got antibiotics and made it to the temple right 
about the same time we did.

The wedding ceremony was beautiful.  Being in the sealing room with 5 of my siblings and their spouses doesn't happen very often.  It was very special.  
My Dad is a sealer in the Seattle Temple and he was able to 
marry my niece.  There was such a wonderful spirit there.

Next came the very suspenseful time where we hoped that all the kids would make it to the temple.
There were 18 grand kids raging from 18 - 8 months.  There were actually 3 18 year olds, 
which was perfect because there were 3 cars that needed to be driven.
When we left at 9:00 am none of the kids were dressed because they were still
eating breakfast and it was unrealistic to think that they could keep themselves 
picture presentable for an hour and a half when eating and playing outside were involved.
So there were 6 teenagers who had to get 12 smallish children presentable and to 
the temple by 10:30.
And it actually did happen, so that was all good.

While we waited for the happy couple to come out of the temple,
we took some family pictures.

Here is my family.  I think this picture was taken on my phone and that is why it is a bit blurry.

Here is my sister Amie's family.
Here is my brother Andrew's family.
And my sister Jennifer's family.
Finally the waiting was over and they came out of the temple.
Don't they look too adorable?
Because of missions and honeymoons, we had to get a shot of all the grand kids on this the wedding day.
It will be the last time all of these kids will be together for who knows how long.
Trent is the oldest, and he is holding Benjamin who is the youngest of the the twenty grand kids.
I think the fact that most everyone is smiling in this shot is nothing short of a miracle.

And here is one with Grandma and Grandpa.

Next it was time for the reception.
Have I mentioned how much fun I think it is to work in the kitchen
at weddings and funerals?  I think the best times happen
on those occasions.
Here is a shot of the cute backdrop they made for behind the food.
It is super cute and hides the staging station that is behind where 
the food was prepped.
Here is a shot of the food.  It was simple but delicious with a 
chocolate fountain and bread and spinach dip.
Cute shot of Amie and Benjamin, who wonders why am I wearing this tie?
Diana took some amazing pictures at this reception.
I love this one of these four girls.
So fun that they are such good friends.
They were also good sports and helped clear tables.
I love this shot Diana got of the cute jars with baby's breath.
How does she think of this angle with the tables in the background?
Here is a shot of the jars from the front.
Check out this great shot Diana got of one of the bridesmaids bouquets.
And she got this one of the bouquet, cake and jars in the background.
Here is one of the teenage guys.  There is this group of boys, but then 
a whole bunch of girls came along.
They look pretty handsome.
And here we made my niece stand in the picture with them.
Time to cut the cake.

Everyone watching the cake cutting.
Here is a shot of the cute lights they strung up over the whole back yard.
It was so pretty as it got dark.
This was the start of our family reunion and it couldn't have been nicer in any way.
Yay for weddings and love and happy couples.


mn_cnking said...

Thank Patty - I love to read your blog - You are looking so great and your daughter is beautiful. Loved visiting with you at the river. Take care - Love Cathy

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Aunt Cathy,

Thanks so much for inspiring/pestering me to start blogging again. I really do love it. I just forget that sometimes. I have had a summer worth documenting. So it is good to get it all put down.

I hope your road to recovery is going well. Takes a lot of work to be the caretaker to someone who has been sick. Lots of opportunities for growth, I am sure.

It was good to see you too, although I was sad that I wasn't in your visiting group on the river. Oh well maybe next time, right?


Smart Helm said...

Sounds like a fun time was fun for all... once you got there :) Beautiful pictures too! Glad to have you back though.

amie said...

if anyone is curious Hunter is on the left and Taylor is on the right in the Grand Kid picture and Good Job Pat for blogging