Monday, April 25, 2011

april's utah trip!

We went to Utah for a quick trip in April.  The big reason for the trip was for the big wedding!  Aaron's brother, Adam, got married to darling Kate.  It was such a great excuse to travel back to UTAH WE LOVE THEE (thanks, kemy).

Although, the wedding was the main event, we did squeeze in a few other fun delights---like the new park in Alpine!  What fun!?!  I can't tell you how happy I am to see all that land turned into something like this, instead of more houses!  So great.  So much green grass.  So many cool new toys at the playground.  Good times abound. See for yourself...

I love Tillie's legs in this one.

I might just get punished by my sister for posting this one, but I couldn't help it.  I did, however, choose the most flattering shot, so I can't imagine she'll be TOO upset...

 Even Papa got into the action.  So fun.
 Check out that landscape in the background.  Amazing.  And, yeah, check out that cool mom.  She MUST be rad b/c she's flashing a PEACE sign.  Double Amazing.

::: Next up on the agenda was to play... Utah Style.  Okay, I don't even know what that means, but we were able to have a ton of fun on the trampoline.

she always thinks it's so funny to get SUPER close to the camera.  Weird.  I wonder who taught her that?  Guilty.
love this pre-jump position.
Sing it with me: "I'm comin' out! I want the world to know, gonna let it show..."  Tell me you know that song and tell me that this dance move makes you think of it.

::: We were able to go watch the Salt Lake Real Pro team play----oh wait, maybe they weren't QUITE to that level, but it was fun anyway.  We saw our nephew, Max, and one of my best friend's little boy, Blake, play at their first soccer game. It was so cute to watch them run around chasing the ball.  The experience was cut short by a certain 3 year old's plea to find a potty.  After running clear across the mega field we found a Port-A-Potty.  Such fun time had by all in that little jaunt.
Here are the pictures we got:

::: Onto the main event.  The wedding was lovely.  I have a TON more pictures I took of them right outside of the beautiful Mt. Timpanogos Temple, but alas, they are on my parent's computer.  Addendum to come eventually.  First off, I am SOOOO happy that Adam found Kate.  Another great home-town couple.  They grew up around the corner from each other but never really knew each other till college.  Sounds familiar, no?  (same thing with Aaron and I)  Anyway, I am SUCH a huge fan of darling Kate.  And, hello, our kids love her.  In fact, every time they twirl around, they laugh and yell, "Kate! Kate! Kate!" for some reason.  Even Cal does this.  Wow.  See, they love her too.

I was lucky enough to help out with their invitations.  I love doing these kind of things, so I was super excited when they asked. As per usual, I make up a ton of different mock ups for the "client" and then we narrow down in hopes of finding what makes them happiest.  Here are some of the early versions I was rather fond of...

In the end, they went with something simple and classic---and I loved it.  It totally reflects their personality.  I love how clean and simple it it is.  And, I love the blue they ended up choosing in the end.  Oh, and in case you were curious, the tree has everything to do with their relationship and that was an element they wanted included.  I love how it turned out.  We did little insert cards for the luncheon and temple in a soft salmony orange and green.  Pretty fun.
Anyway, enough of the paper goods---let's get onto the reason why we wanted to celebrate!  The marriage!  Again, I'll post pictures of them walking out of the temple + luncheon pictures later, but here's some we snapped right before the reception.  Sorry, the pictures aren't great, but that's why they hired a photographer!  :)

Kirstin had literally JUST had a baby like 3 days earlier!  We thought there was no way she'd be there for any of the wedding festivities, but she snuck away for a few minutes to get in some of the pictures!  It was such a fun and unexpected surprise!!
cute cousin Garrett!
gotta love these group shots where we try to have everyone "LOOK" happy!  :) hAA!
this picture is worth a thousand words.  I look about as happy as Calvin was in my arms.  He was trying to run around while we were needing him for the photos.  I'm very amused here.  :)  Thanks for capturing the moment, Aaron.  In the end, he eventually got to run free.  You can see proof in the next few pictures.
messing with door handles and locks.  nice.
stealth mode.

What a happy day it was!  We are so happy we got to be a part of it all!  Congratulations, Adam and Kate!

::: We left back to Texas on Easter Sunday AND Tillie's 3rd birthday.  They happened to be on the same day!
I totally stole some pictures from Saturday's Easter festivities from Kirstin's blog.  :)  You love me, Kirstin. We took the kiddos to the Cedar Hills hunt.  I'd never been to such an event, and it was nuts!  All the build up and then when they said "GO!" it was Pandemonium!  and then over in about 45 seconds.  Amazing.  We're gonna try our best to train the kiddos before hand, so Tillie and Cal will know what to do next time.  I think they ended up with one piece of candy each---only b/c cousin Maxer shared.  hA!

::: The next day we opened up some presents for Tillie before we left to the airport.  Her birthday was definitely LOW key this year.  We'll make up for it next year, I'm sure.  :)  Here I am dressing Cal for the day.  Random.  But, we're happy, so I'll add it.
I can't believe this is the only picture I have of Tillie in the skirt and shirt my mom made for her as an Easter dress from our Rainy Days and Mondays fabric.  Lovely.  I'll have to take note and get a true picture of her in it.  It's darling.
Even though Tillie was acting like a TOTAL STINKER, she loved her new princess dress that she got from Nana and Papa.  It is so cute on her! 
::: Like I said, many pictures are missing from this post (mind reels that there could be more).  So, I'll add them when I'm in front of my parent's computer.  Until then, long live UTAH WE LOVE THEE.


The Tengelsens said...

I had no idea Adam was getting married. Tell him congrats! Looks like you guys had a blast!

Lindsay said...

I saw the invite to their wedding at my parent's house! That is so cool! Katie was in my home ward, all growing up! She is awesome and comes from an amazing family!! I am so happy for both of them.
looks like you guys had a great trip. and kirstin is amazing to just join in on all the festivities 3 days after giving birth!

Amanda Jane said...

I just got into town and that park is amazing! I'm in awe. It came out of nowhere (because I've been gone.)

Those invites are great too! Congrats to all (Esp. Adam and Kristin!)


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