Monday, August 25, 2014

Wedding Crafts

One of my cute cousins got married a couple of weeks ago.
I thought these pictures of her bridesmaids trying to find the thing to hold up her dress were so cute!

We're so happy for these two.  They will be awesome together!
                     The bride and her sister came over a couple of evenings before the wedding to work on                    crafts for the reception.  We had so much fun together!...probably too much fun :)
We painted some cabinet doors as chalkboards... 

...and used my silhouette to cut out vinyl for their mailbox, (they had written a lot of letters back and forth throughout their courtship so that was kind of a theme for the reception)

and to do a fun Mr and Mrs banner.

Like I said, so much fun and so happy for the cute couple!

12 Years

I know it's been a while since I last posted...
I better hurry and get caught up on my life or else I'll get so far behind that I won't want to even try and catch up because it will be so daunting :)

Andy and I celebrated our 12th anniversary on August 9th.
The day before had been a rough seizure day for Ben.  Andy came home from work with take out from our favorite fancy restaurant.

Ben was asleep in his room so he set up a card table in the hall where we could still keep an eye on the guy.

Friday nights Andy tries to let me sleep in our bed as often as possible and he takes a turn with Ben.
After he went to bed I stuck this vinyl on our bed's headboard.
While we were dating I would go over to my grandparent's home weekly and do odd jobs.  Grandma would often have me do dishes.  Andy would sometimes tag along and help me.  Above my grandparent's kitchen sink is a little picture that my mom framed for them of two indians in a canoe.

 It says, "Many years same canoe, blessum you!"
Anyway, that little saying has kind of become somewhat of a theme throughout our marriage.  
We'll quote it to each other every now and then.  

The next day (our anniversary) we drove down to South Weber to see the Weber Days parade at Andy's grandparent's home.  Grandma had grocery bags with everyone's names on them all ready to go to collect candy.

Matt was the most aggressive in collecting the goods, which was no surprise :)  He came away with quite a haul.

Then we had a bar-b-que.
Three generation picture....they don't look anything alike do they?

Afterwards we drove down to Andy's parent's and they watched the kids while we went on a little date.  Our plan was to ride the gondola up the mountain at The Canyons and then take a spin around the lake at the top in a paddleboat.

I'm not the greatest with heights but I did better than I thought...
...especially when we went out over a huge drop off!

By the time we hiked to the lake, all the paddle boats were already in use and they closed in 10 minutes.

But it was lovely and we had a really nice hike down.

When we got to where the gondola would take us the rest of the way down, we saw preparations for a wedding at the lodge.  We watched as they unloaded the cake from a gondola car...are they called cars?...anyway, and wheeled it over to the kitchen.

On the way down I ultra zoomed in with my camera and found Andy's parent's house.

Love this guy!  He's so good to me!

Blessum you Andy, husband of 12 years!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bloody Bowling

So, I wouldn't have named this post what I did if we were British.  However, I tend to try and come up with alliterative titles when I post and this worked quite well for me :)

We had a spontaneous moment the other day and the Bryan family went bowling.
It's a rare thing that the whole family goes on an outing like this.
It's just often so much easier to stay home with Ben while Andy takes the other kids out to do something.  For some reason though, I decided we should all give it a try.
At first, it seemed that Ben wasn't going to want to bowl but we finally got him going.
We had to help him choose his ball and carry it over to the lane...

...set it on the stand and push it down the ramp.

He loved it and signed "more" after each turn.

I was pleased with how our little outing was going so I turned to Andy and said, "So far so good."
Not too long after, Ben was screaming with a bloody nose.
In between turns he just wanted to go up and down the couple of steps by our bench.
Well, he tripped and fell and hit his nose.
I ran and grabbed a bunch of napkins from the eating area but not before it got all over his and Andy's shirts.

Eventually we got him to calm down and from there on out, instead of climbing the steps, he sat on them in between his turns {his own choice}.

I wish my photography skills were better...I'm always getting blurry and dark shots, so that's what you folks get too :)
Matt had quite a unique technique of bouncing his ball down the alley ;)

Abby also had interesting form but usually got it rolling pretty straight.

Love the face!

Josh's expressions were pretty fun too.
BTW, these are happy expressions :)

...and Andy danced :)

Ben won by a landslide!

Even with the bloody nose it ended up being a good family activity.  I'm so glad I didn't choose to stay home with the little man.