Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Weekend of Weddings

I have to write a post about last weekend...it was great in lots of ways! Joe's cousin, Vicki got married on Friday. I was planning on just staying outside the temple to watch Parker, but when we got there, my sister-in-law Rachelle offered to stay outside with the kids. It was great to be in the temple. After the wedding, I went to pick my mom up from the airport. She'd been in San Diego with my sister all week (not fair). It was funny because the wedding luncheon was at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building right after the wedding. Joe and Parker stayed there while I went to get my mom. I kept trying to call Joe when we got back so that he would just come outside, but he didn't answer...his ringer must have been turned off (even though he promised me he'd answer when I called...oh well). We decided to just go inside and my mom would watch Parker while I went in to the lunch. Well, when we got there, Sheri (Joe's aunt) saw my mom and kept telling her just to come in and eat because there was a TON of food. My mom felt like a wedding crasher coming for the food dressed in her jeans (she looked really cute, though!) It was fun having my mom to myself for a few hours afterwards. Once my dad got there that night, we were busy doing more wedding stuff, but my mom and I just got to hang out for a while.
Friday night was a wedding dinner for my cousin, Jeremy. It was at the Wight House in Bountiful. It was really nice. It was so cute to see Jeremy and Heather because they were SO in love and SO excited to get married. It made me think of our wedding day. Being engaged was hard, but so fun at the same time. There's just something so nice about being committed to someone and looking forward to starting your life together. Marriage is great, too, but once the honeymoon is over, you just get used to being married and it's easy to forget the excitement you felt before the wedding. Jeremy and Heather's sealing was beautiful. I loved being in the temple two days in a row...it was a great reminder of the blessings we're promised if we keep our covenants.
I'm usually really uptight about Parker getting his naps and going to bed early, but I was somehow able to relax this weekend. Michael was shocked when I went out to lunch after the wedding instead of taking Parker home to go to sleep. I guess I needed to maximize my time with my parents since they were only here for two days! I think Parker getting no sleep for three days helped him adjust really well to the time change because he's been ready for bed super early since my parents left.
I LOVED having my parents here. My mom and I were talking about how distance has made our family even closer. I've lived away from my parents pretty much since I went to BYU in 1998 minus a few months here and there until we moved back to California in May 2005. Joe and I lived with my parents for a few months. For some people, this might be a nightmare, but for us it was great. Even when we moved out, we probably hung out with my parents more than anyone else. Of course they took care of us, fed us, etc., but we felt more like they were our good friends than our "parents". Now that we all live far away from each other again, it forces us to really appreciate every minute that we do get to spend together. I feel so blessed to have such a great family (on both sides!) Now we just have to figure out a way to get my parents and Kimberly and Devon to move to Utah...hee hee.
I couldn't end my blog without another picture of Parker and his AWESOME expressions! This was taken Saturday night at Thaiphoon (a Thai restaurant at the Gateway mall) where we celebrated my dad's and Michael's birthdays. It was WAY past Parker's bedtime, but he's our little social butterfly, so if people are around, he's pretty happy. Notice the rice scooper in his hand...he loves playing with wooden spoons, spatulas, etc. Watch out if you're close by...he waves his weapons around without regard for anyone or anything. We love our boy! I


Kimberly and Devon said...

Those pictures of you guys turned out soooo cute! I really wish I could have been in Utah with you guys for the weekend. So, I guess Michael isn't going to go on that blind date, huh. I loved, loved, loved your blog today--very cute!

Susie said...

Cute pictures Robyn- I especially like the last one of Parker! I miss seeing Michael- tell him I said Happy Birthday.