Showing posts from November, 2012

Can you stand more wedding pictures?

I can.

These were all taken by Jen of hawleyfocus (with the possible exception of the very last one). We like her photography skillz. We also like her.

The story of the pants

This is a story from the wedding. It is 100% true. Most of you have probably heard the story, but I'm going to tell it anyway.

Sunday morning of our Utah trip was spent slowly getting ready for church. Daylight Savings had kicked in so we were up early with plenty of time to spare before we had to head over to the Tanner Building on BYU campus for Paul's ordination in his priesthood class. 

As we were getting ready, Jim grabbed the suit bag for the suit he brought, which he was going to wear both to church and to the wedding and reception. He bought the suit a few months before and had the pants tailored to fit. He unzipped the suitbag and eased the suit coat out. Then he reached in for the suit pants.

But he couldn't find them. 

"I think I left my pants in Minnesota," he said with a perplexed look on his face. He was so sure he had packed them. 

No suit pants anywhere. All he could find were jeans. We still had an hour before we had to be at the church and fortunate…

We went to the temple

I just watched my baby get married. 

I got to hover over her all morning, while everyone else had to wait in the waiting room for her to get ready. I got to hover afterwards while everyone waited outside for her and her new husband to exit the building. I was the first one to see what she looked like in her bridal finery. 

She was a beautiful bride. 

I'll post pictures as soon as I get some. 

She picked a good young man. He picked a precious young lady.


Cheers to old friends

Except we aren't old. Our friendship might be getting up there in years, but we aren't. Certainly not my friend, who does not look as old as we technically are.

I knew Beth from my early years. We went to the same church and she was my age. She might younger than I in years, but I felt she was older and wiser, mostly because she had all older siblings and "knew" things that I didn't, I having been the oldest of my set of sibs with no one to tell me about how boys operated, what music is cool, or how to avoid being a dork.

Even during the high school years (Beth went to a different school), in my eyes, Beth exuded cool. She would not agree with me, I'm fairly sure, but I didn't know that then. Teenagers are not known for effective communication skills, are they? How was Beth cool? Her hair. She had a wicked mane of blond hair that she could get to look really big. She laughs about her hairstyle then, but I still secretly love 80s big hair. She had awesome …

And now we travel back in time to last Saturday

I have a good friend Pam who loves to have parties. (I suggest you all get yourself a friend who likes to have parties)

I was feeling a little down and out a few months ago when I realized that Kate would be having bridal showers without me. I was not despondent, but the corners of my mouth were turned down just a hair more than normal. But this good friend of mine, sensing in herself the opportunity to host a party, approached me and asked if she could plan and throw Katie a Skype bridal shower. (Y'all know what Skype is, right?) I thought what a fun idea! I could be a part of a bridal shower for my daughter using the wonders of technology! 

And my good friend did not disappoint! She goes all out to decorate.

BIG thanks to Pam for the party, thanks to Jen for taking pictures (but she didn't get one with her in it) (and nevermind that she hates my camera--these photos were taken with her phone), and thanks to all who attended!

And for those of you who read the last paragraph…

Obligatory Halloween costume post

Although not so much obligatory as "for posterity's sake." As in so I can remember what costumes the kids wore each year. Because I like to keep track of those things.

Hayley had been working on her costume since summer time. She sewed stuff for it, but in her own way; without a pattern, without instructions, willy-nilly, making a mess, hounding me for help with a collar. She likes to create things, but doesn't want too much structure telling her how to do it. And she got a hat and a Pikachu backpack free from some website (she is always getting packages in the mail. It's a bit worrisome, but she claims they are all freebies).

But here she is:

 Matt had no clue what he wanted to be for Halloween, which was kind of hard to believe since he was the one who went as Dirt and as Fire and one year as "an explosion of Mario" and last year as Jake the Dog. But when kids from the neighborhood his age came to the door, Jim and I decided he should be trick-or-trea…