Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Crazy Couple of Weeks

The last few weeks have been pretty fun, but I am definitely ready to slow down! On February 5, I got to go with Jason to do his "job swap" at Kualoa Ranch. We are lucky enough to have wonderful neighbors who took Ashlyn for the morning so I could go. It was such a beautiful ride, but the best part was that it was free! Later that day, Ashlyn and I flew to California!

We went to California to go to Taylor's wedding. We arrived Tuesday night, and then drove to Utah Thursday morning. Ashlyn was a super traveler. even if she did decide to throw up 30 minutes into the drive. You can see how packed the car was, and it was just my mom, Ashlyn and me!

The wedding was beautiful. Taylor married such a nice girl. I actually just met her for the first time on Thursday night when we first got up to Utah. She has an awesome family too. They got married in the Mount Timpanogas Temple on Saturday, February 9 and it was FREEZING outside! It was so nice to have all my brothers there too, except for little Matty who was down the road at the MTC.

All the little nieces and nephews just looked so cute!

They had their reception at the Cascade Event Center. That was fun to be able to see so many friends. On Sunday, it was my mom's birthday. I won't tell you how old she is, but I will say she can now get the 10% discount at Ross on Tuesdays! We had a little celebration in Park City where we were all staying. Amber made the delicious brownies.

Cute cousins....and Mike

On Monday morning, well, more like afternoon, we packed up and made the trek back to Yucaipa. The rest of the week was spent getting ready for the second reception, except for the one afternoon spent getting pedicures!

Taylor and Aubree really wanted to have the reception in my parents backyard, and my mom went back and forth for days on wether or not to do it. Finally, just a few days before, she decided to just go for it. I was so impressed at how quickly and how well it all came together! My mom and her crew of helpers completely transformed the backyard. Too bad it was too cold to just sit and enjoy it! But it sure was gorgeous.

Even Grandpa and Winifred made it! Their grandkids were sure happy to see them.
It's a good thing Ashlyn's uncles are suckers and gave in to her love of cuddling up to a good book

Sunday afternoon was spent just relaxing. Brooke and Tami came over with their kids and we played outside for a few minutes, and then we played a few rounds of whoonu, Rook, and Up and down the river. The kids were just too adorable. I couldn't help myself but take a few pictures!
Kira actually took this picture. I thought she did a pretty good job!

My parent's pool at sunset. Who needs to live in paradise when you can put it in your backyard?


Monday afternoon Ashlyn and I flew back to Hawaii. It was wonderful to be able to spend so much time with family, but it is sure good to be home with my husband.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Pucker Up!

Ashlyn sometimes does the funniest things. Here's just a sampling of two of the funnier things she does. Kiss and Growl.

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Plus, if you want to watch one of my "Job Swap" stories from KHNL, check it out here!