Bob arrived on Thursday, just in time for a bachelor party camp out which Bobby planned for Michael. Ben brought his boat and the boys (family and a few of Michael's buddies) headed to Strawberry Reservoir for an intense evening of fun challenges and adventures. In the morning, they helped move Michael and Kristin's belongings into their "new" cozy little apartment (actually, "old" and "tiny" might be a better choice of words) in Provo. Thankfully, it won't take much for this love struck couple to live "happily ever after"!
Kristin, Michael and her family had mastered control of the reception plans for Friday evening, so there wasn't much to help with. My friend, Millie, was in town spending time with her sisters that week, so she offered to join Chelsea and I at the church to help set up. Afterwards, we gorged ourselves on the lunch buffet at good ole Chuck-A-Rama. (Bob's mission president was one of the founders of the franchise.)
After the wedding on Saturday, we continued to party - you know me - can't let the good times come to an end! This time it was a "girl's only" baby shower for Chelsea, organized by Jill and Stephanie. We went to a little gourmet pizza place called "Pizza Limone" and showered Chelsea with suitcase-sized baby boy gifts to take home the following day.
And then, as if we needed more excitement in our lives, we had a family birthday celebration for Thomas, who turned 27 on June 3!
Sunday afternoon, the parties came to an end as Chelsea and Thomas returned to San Antonio, and I went to Green River to spend the week with Stephanie's family. Bob remained in Murray for a couple of days so that he could get in a para-gliding lesson on Monday, before flying to Houston for more business. Bobby and Jill, and Doug and Sandra's families were probably quite relieved to get a break from house guests. We are so thankful to all of them for putting us up in the homes for several days! Doug and Sandra were even gracious enough to take in a couple of our stow-away friends from Texas without advance warning! Gotta love the way those college kids "roll", without a plan from minute to minute. Somehow, they make it work! We love you Aaron and Jordan! And it was such a surprise to have Michael's Texas friend, Amanda, also join us for the weekend. We feel very loved!
I took Paige to a play group one morning, and the following day we had fun at a family fair hosted by CCDC preschool. Paige and Bennett got to play in the big bounce-house/slide, have duck races, dig for dinosaur bones, build towers out of paper cups, play with magnets, and make paper dolls. What a great event!
One thing I did accomplish while in Green River, was to complete the queen-sized T-shirt quilt that I had been making for Michael. I was quite pleased with the end result, and I think Michael was, too!
On Friday evening, I rode with Stephanie and Ben's family to Provo where we spent the night at a hotel so that we could arise early and attend the LDS Payson Temple Open House with their ward youth group. It was a cold and rainy morning, and we were glad to experience the beauty and warmth of this gorgeous temple. Had it been built many years earlier, this would have been the temple of my mom and dad's youth. since they were from Benjamin and Payson. I felt a connection to them as we visited there.
We met up with our returned honeymooners for lunch and a little bowling at BYU, who then took us to their apartment to see all their wedding presents. We are so grateful for the many generous gifts shared with them! Then Michael and Kristin drove me up to Bobby and Jill's home where I would spend the week, and Stephanie's family headed home to Wyoming.
Can you match the hair with the kid? These are the little munchkins I enjoyed playing with in Murray.
We didn't have much on our agenda for the week, and just had fun being together. I enjoyed watching Linley at her gymnastics class, and recalling memories of her daddy doing the same thing at her age. Linley and I went to "Color-Me-Mine", where she picked out a ceramic princess figurine to paint. We also had a little slumber party together one night. Linley is quite the conversationalist when you get to spend time with her one-on one! she read the book Pa had given to her, and she showed me tricks on their new climbing dome - a birthday present Poohpie and Pa gave to the kids this year.
Max and I had a date to the Nickle Arcade where we were so busy playing that I forgot to take any photos! We also walked and rode bikes to the park with Elynor and had so much fun that we didn't make it home in time for Linley's arrival from school. It's a good thing Linley is such a brave girl, and so good at babysitting herself! (oops - slight miscommunication between mom and grandma!) Max showed me how well he can jump on the trampoline, and Ellie just keep me entertained and grinning! (Sorry that I wasn't better about taking some pictures this trip!)
I returned to my sweet husband in Seoul on Sunday, May 17, full of gratitude for family, and especially thankful that ours is an eternal one!