Thursday, December 11, 2014

Garrett and McKenna's wedding

We went to Utah last weekend for Garrett and McKenna's wedding! It was a fun whirlwind weekend. We loved seeing family and being in the Salt Lake Temple with Garrett and McKenna. I took a few pictures and Tyler took a bunch too, so once I can upload his I'll update this post.

Traveling to Utah:

So happy for 5 am!!

We could not have made it if not for Sharon lending us their stroller so we could have two light ones. We were quite the scene getting on and off the shuttle with two duffel bags, two carseats, two backpacks, one diaper bag, two kids, and two strollers. It was funny.

Max's first time on a plane!

The kids did really well. It was like a wrestling match with Max for most of the time, but he was quiet, so whatever. I was so proud of them.

Poppy had Cafe Rio waiting at our hotel room when we got there, which was just amazing. I told Tyler that eating their chicken salad again felt like talking with an old friend - you don't have to catch up really, you just pick up where you left off. Pretty ridiculous to talk about food that way, but you know.

I have zero pictures from the wedding dinner that night. We were kind of a zoo - tired kids, spills, tipped chairs, kids crying, kids feeling shy and nervous with lots of people around, you get it. I felt pretty discouraged afterward, unsure that I could ever handle more kids and that I was already failing these two. Clearly, I was tired and emotional and overreacting. 

Wedding day fun:

Garrett and McKenna's sealing was beautiful - I love going to sealings and getting free marriage advice haha. It's so much easier to take it all in when you're not the bride and groom too. We love G&M and are so so happy for them. The kids did well in the waiting room, thanks to Tyler's awesome cousins.

I'd ordered a coat for Millie online and it arrived a few hours after we'd left (of course)! But luckily the weather was beautiful and crazy warm for December in Utah. We did just fine with our hoodies.

Peekaboo in the car. Millie gets sweeter with Max every day.

We went to JCW's to eat before heading down to Salem for the reception. 

The reception was held at a community center, and outside the community center they had all these pretty Christmas lights - including a lit carriage! "It's just like Cinderella, Mom!" 

The lighting was really dark in the reception place so my lame cell phone pics are, well, lame. I loved this flower crown that Millie got to wear, just like McKenna. Millie was not thrilled.

Can't seem to get a good one... above, Max pulls my hair. Below, Millie stares off and the Christmas lights outside make weird lines in the picture! Oh well.

The kids were so good during the reception. I busted out some of our airplane entertainment and Millie sat quietly doing these lacing cards for a long time. She also tickled Max when the opportunity came.

We had so much fun celebrating Garrett and McKenna! 

Traveling home:

I had a little scare when I was about to go through security and couldn't find my wallet. Tyler had a moment of inspiration and remembered that I had put it in the console of the rental car when we'd gone into the temple. He went back and they had pulled it out already, so it only took a few minutes. Thank goodness.

She couldn't stop smothering Max with hugs!

Hanging out in Denver.

She loved holding the headphones close to her ears to watch Sleeping Beauty and The Incredibles. Next time I'll wise up and go get a pair of kid ones that go over the ear, not the ear buds. Clearly we don't fly much.

The kids did well traveling, again. Thank goodness for them and their easygoing natures, and for a rockstar husband! Also, it was 20,000x easier to travel with 4 extra adults to help carry our crazy amount of baggage. Good times!


Lindsay said...

Whew! I get tired reading about weekends like that because while they are so neat to be a part of, I understand how very exhausting it is!! It's such a crazy, fast change for little kids and we expect so much from them and they have no idea what's going on. But you are awesome to handle it all so well. And very strong to wrestle that big boy Max on the plane ride the whole time!😃 Plus you look like a freaking model while doing it, so props to you!! Glad you got to be there for them on their big day.

Britt Hanson said...

Your outfit for the wedding is stunning!! I love it. I'm glad the kids did so well! I'm flying with Abe for the first time next week (to Utah for Christmas) and it will be an adventure... Haha.

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