Thursday, September 22, 2011

My St. George Birthday Weekend

I had a FABULOUS birthday weekend. The kids (minus Alyssia who couldn't miss school) joined Rick and I in St. George on Friday evening where we cooked a nice dinner and had a movie night. Saturday morning we got to go to Sand Hollow Resevoir with my sister Deanna and her husband Kelly who have a very nice boat. My nephew Jeremy was there as well and he brought along his three darling kids. We had a wonderful day on the lake. We skiied, wakeboarded, kneeboarded, tubed, and some even jumped off some VERY high cliffs. Hint: NOT me!! That night even though we were tired we hopped on over to Chili's for dinner where we watched the 3rd quarter of the BYU/U game. We left beftore we could get too worked up about it and hit the hay.
Sunday was nice and relaxing with an 11:00 church block and afternoon naps with dinner, games and a movie (17 Miracles). Nice day.
Monday (my special day:) we went to the Outlet Mall and did some shopping, had enough of that and went back to the house to swim and lounge by the pool with a book (my favorite thing to do)!! That evening I got to open my presents from the fam and then we went to our favorite restaurant, Samarai 21 and had our favorite chef (Leo) and had some yummy food. Afterward we headed over to the Tuacahn Theatre to see The Little Mermaid. Some of us liked it....some of us didn't. I won't say what my opinion was. Anyway, the next morning the kids all had to leave to get back home to their jobs and I have to admit after they left I felt a little lonesome for them. I really hated to see them go. (Rick and I stayed an extra night) I LOVED the weekend with my family. It was a wonderful!!

All of us had a chance to do some watersports:)

Pool Time......

The fam bought me some nice birthday gifts. My very own pair of Tom's from B&K, an osterizer from The Gare, Some goodies and wall art from Kait, and some perfume and a certificate for a massage from my sweetie:)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Temple Wedding

This wedding post is sectioned into three different parts. The Wedding, The Reception, and The Details. It has been fun for me to remember and reflect on the beauty of this day.......I hope you enjoy the pictures!!
June 29, 2011 will be a day that I will always remember. My sweet Kendra was married for time and all eternity to her sweetheart Brach Boman. It was a wonderful day and she was truly radiant. I usually cry at weddings (not sad tears by any means...happy tears) but this time all I felt in the temple was peace. As our former Stake President, Brooke Hales performed the ordinance I felt such joy to be there in that place and at that time. He taught true principles and yes, I did tear up a little as my heart felt true joy.
After the ceremony I helped Kendra get dressed into her wedding gown (she was married in her temple dress) and the couple came outside to be greeted by friends and family. We took a few pictures on the steps and then it started to rain. As we all scattered to find shelter someone handed Brach an umbrella. Then the wind came up and that's where the funny pictures come in. I only posted a few but it was pretty hilarious. Brach's such a goof.
We found refuge in the JS Memorial Building where we took a lot of pictures of the bridal party. It sure is beautiful in there.
After pictures we had a wonderful luncheon hosted by Doug and Leesa (Brach's parents) at the Lion House. We were served rolls and green salad, pork chops and veggies and potatoes. For dessert we had cheesecake. It was a nice break before the big party that was to come!!

The Reception

Brach and Kendra's reception turned out great. Yes, there are a few things that I would do differently but all in all I was pleased with the way everything turned out. For 2 1/2 months straight we had been praying that the weather would cooperate for us on this day. While we were at the luncheon I got word from home that the wind was really bad and that we would have to change the plan as far as the backdrop went. It was supposed to be out in front of the trampoline to cover it and to discourage the kids from playing on it. Well, the backdrop kept blowing over and so it got moved onto the patio. Plan B. It turned out OK other than our guests now had to wait out on the driveway to get onto the patio to meet the bride and groom. I felt bad because the line was long the WHOLE night. (and the driveway is NOT the most comfortable place to stand) Some people waited in line for over an hour. We had a tremendous support from friends in the community and of course, family. We actually were very blessed and felt that Heavenly Father answered our prayers. Just before the reception was to start the wind died down and it was really pleasant the rest of the night. It was a HUGE tender mercy for us. I loved having the different patio sets out throughout the yard so that the guests didn't have to stay under the tent if they didn't want to. It definitly felt like a garden wedding. My niece Leslie was a HUGE help in ideas and the go to girl for troubleshooting. She basically held the fort down throughout the day. (Thanks Les for everything....I owe you.....still)
The food was wonderful (despite the millions of Grantsville flies...eeeww). Our caterer was out of Logan and she was great. She served chicken salad, turkey and ham sandwiches. Also, fresh fruit, a cheese and crackers tray, pasta salad, and desserts for the white and milk chocolate fountains. For dessert Kendra's cousin, Kara, made up cupcakes and had them decorated so darling. There were also three different cakes for the guests to slice into. Brach's Aunt LaRee made her wedding cake. It was really darling. The cake topper was made by the florist and she used the same flowers that were in Kenni's bouquet.
Kendra's bridesmaids were her twin sisters Kaitlyn and Alyssia, and her cousins, Jenni and Bonnie with Julie as her maid of honor. Brach's groomsmen were his brothers Sage, Bridger, and Burke as well as his friends Jared Flack and his best man Micah Watson.
It was an unforgettable night!! I hope that everyone that attended enjoyed themselves completely!

Reception Details

I love the detailed pictures at a wedding reception. Our photographer was great at getting the "little" things. I'm glad that she did because when you stand in line all evening greeting people..... you miss the fun stuff.