Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sarah's Wedding/High School Reunion ;)

Last week Jenn and I headed back to Virginia for the wedding of one of our closest friends in high school, Sarah. We flew in Wednesday afternoon/evening, the 21st. Of course Jenn was flying in from Salt Lake and I was flying in from Phoenix. She got in a few hours before I did, so she and Jordan (cousin) came to pick me up around 7 and we immediately headed to Tyson's mall to meet up with a friend, Colleen, for dinner. We were meeting up with Colleen at Shake Shack and were pleasantly surprised to run into our cousin Sarah before she arrived! Such a coincidence!

Not a flattering shot of me, but it has to be documented ;)

We got to stay with my aunt Cindy. We have such great memories at the Lund's from growing up, so it's always so fun to come back! Jordan, Dane, and their kids, Adler and Ettley, are living in the basement so that was an added bonus :)

Thursday we had an easygoing morning and then went to lunch with Jordan and her kids at Nordstrom Cafe.

Jenn got this shot before we headed out. I was FaceTiming with my kids :) And there's cutie Ettley!

We browsed Nordstrom some afterward and Adler ended up with 3 balloons! Here he is running off..haha.

We had to check out the fish as well :)

Dane's parents were in town as well because his brother graduated from the FBI so they headed off to celebrate that, so Jenn and I had some time to kill on our own. We decided to head down to Georgetown. We hadn't tried Georgetown Cupcake before so that was our priority ;)

We had heard there's often a line so we didn't think anything of it when we got there, but then, come to find out, they were closed for 2 hours filming for TLC's The Little Couple! Luckily it had already been about an hour when we got there, so we *only* had to wait an hour. We had to sign a waiver and have our picture taken in case we show up on t.v.! I seriously doubt we will, but it airs in about 2 months if anyone spots us..haha.

They were letting people order and pay for their cupcakes while waiting, but we really wanted to go in since this was our first time, so we waited it out.

They were celebrating their little girl's 5th birthday!

Jenn was able to get a few pictures since we made it to the very front of the line. They're not great pictures, but here you can see the dad.

Here's the son and mom leaving.

We got 6 cupcakes - the milk chocolate birthday, vanilla birthday, chocolate salted caramel, and mint cookies & creme and then we got the chocolate squared and red velvet for Cindy and Jordan :)

Cute Georgetown.

Back at the Lund's with our beautiful cupcakes :)

My favorite ended up being the chocolate salted caramel, top right corner, but they were all divine!

We headed out a little later to go pick up our gifts for Sarah (we didn't want to have to fly them across the country).

Friday we met up with Sarah (bride) and Shannon (maid of honor) for brunch at La Madeleine at Tyson's. Amy and Jeannine were supposed to be there as well, but Jeannine's red eye was delayed and she had to spend the night in the Denver airport and didn't get in until after brunch. We were happy Amy could join us in the beginning, but then she had to head off to pick up Jeannine. We were so sorry that that happened :/

It was so fun to catch up with Sarah and Shannon for a few hours before Sarah's big day! Before we parted ways we even all went down and had our rings cleaned..haha. So crazy that we're all married now!

We shopped around a little bit and then headed back to the Lund's for an hour or so. Then we headed to my Aunt Karen and Uncle Mark's for their weekly pizza night with their kids and grandkids. We got to see our cousins Sarah, William, and Stephen for a few minutes before they headed out. It was a lot of come and go!

Karen's college roommate, Cindy, and her husband were in town for the BYU game, so we spent most of our time chatting with them and hearing of all of their adventures over the years :)

We made it back to the Lund's around 8:30 and got to chat with Cindy for a bit before Jordan and Dane got back. Later we watched The Proposal with Jordan, so fun!

Saturday was wedding day! We didn't need to be to Sarah's wedding until 2, which was so nice because we could sleep in (we had a late night) and have plenty of time to still get ready.

The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. This was our first time attending a Catholic wedding and it was neat to catch some of the similarities to a Mormon wedding. 

It was so great to see all of our high school friends again! Jenn and Jeannine were cracking up b/c they live like half an hour from each other in Utah, but hadn't seen each other in months and had to fly across the country to make it happen ;)

Shannon was the most beautiful maid of honor. Just loved her dress!

High school reunion minus the bride :)

We had like 2 hours to kill after the ceremony, before the reception, so Jenn and I headed back to Lund's real quick so that Jenn could change into a more comfortable dress. Then we met up with everyone at Maggie's parents' to munch and mingle some :) Thank you for setting that up Maggie!

We headed to The Barns at Wolf Trap for the reception at 5. I forgot to mention at the very beginning of this post, but Jenn was the photographer ;) Pretty much all of the pictures in this post are hers (I did steal a few from Maggie as well!). I kept telling her she was the photographer and I was the blogger..ha.

The table settings.

Dinner was a buffet with 3 stations - varieties of sliders, tacos, and mac 'n' cheese. It was all so yummy!

Photobooth fun!

Mormons at an open bar reception. Shirley Temples all around ;)

Sarah shared a dance with her grandma, who is in her 90's :)

Instead of cake, Sarah and Mike had Oreos. The sign talks about how they'd buy each other Oreos when they'd lose a bet..ha. He prefers the Golden Oreos and she prefers the regular Oreos. We each got an Oreo and a milk shooter :)

I had to get a picture with the gorgeous bride one-on-one :)

Class of '06.

Sarah and the Mormons ;)

Sarah changed into her Harry Potter socks and wedge sneakers for the reception. And that is not Mike. I did not realize when I took this picture..haha.

From what I could tell, Sarah had wanted to have a sparkler send-off, but it was considered a fire hazard at Wolf Trap so they went with glow sticks instead.

The reception ended around 10:30 and then we actually headed over to Shannon's for a little bit to see their place. She and her husband, Jacob, have done lots of renovations on their town home and it was really neat to see/hear all of the work they've put into it!

Sunday, Jordan and I dropped off Jenn at the airport around 10:30 and then Jordan dropped me at the Harrison's. I got to go to Vienna Ward (home ward) with them and loved it. I only really knew a handful of families there because the ward has changed so much, but it was still so fun for me. AND they just happened to be having their Primary Program so I loved seeing how theirs turned out since ours was just the week before! And then Sarah (cousin) dropped me at the airport.

I'm so glad Jenn and I were able to make it out to Sarah's wedding. I have the best memories with Sarah from high school, some in particular from a beach trip I took with her and her parents one summer (sophomore year maybe?) ;) Love you Sarah and congratulations again!!

And thank you to my mom and Tanis and Kari (Lucas's mom) for helping with the kids W-F while Trent was at work. You all went above and beyond with them and they had SO much fun! And most importantly, thank you to Trent for holding down the fort and happily sending me on my way. I can only imagine how exhausting it was to work all day and then come home and care for the kids on his own. Thank you love!! I owe you big!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Lake House 2016

Oh man, this blog post has been a long time coming. I put it off at first because I had to write the whole Primary Program for Church, then I got sick, and then, I'm just not into blogging like I used to be :/ Anyway, here it goes!

We got to spend the last week of July at my grandparents' lake house for our annual family reunion (my mom's side). I had been meaning to get Janie a little suitcase like Aiden, so the night before our trip we hurried out to try to find one and didn't have any luck. But we did find Janie her very own Dory backpack..haha.

Saturday, the 23rd, we spent most of the day flying to New York. We had an early flight flying out at 7 in the morning and then we had a layover in Baltimore.

I was loving Janie's laid back style ;)

The kids did pretty dang good. We got a splitter so that they could both watch the tablet.  And it was so nice that Janie had her own seat, now that she's 2 and everything ;) 

We were shocked that Janie didn't sleep during the entire flight to Baltimore. We got a little delayed there and she ended up falling asleep in the airport. Bummer that it wasn't on the plane :/ Luckily the flight from Baltimore to Rochester was short.

We didn't make it into NY until like 7:45 that evening. This year was the first year that my whole family ended up staying at the hotel instead of the lake house (some families had chosen to do this in previous years). We've officially outgrown the lake house and there really wasn't room for us. Plus we have 2 kids now (this was Janie's first year) so it worked out better to be able to leave in the evening to take our kids back to the quiet hotel to sleep. I was definitely bummed because one of my favorite things is to wake up in the lake house and be able to look out at the lake, but luckily the hotel was maybe 5 minutes away. Anyway, we dropped our stuff at the hotel and stopped into the lake house to say hello to some of the family there. We chatted for a little bit before we called it a night. We were beat!

The next day, Sunday, we had to wake up the kids to make it to 9:30 Church. They weren't too happy with us. Probably good that we only stayed for Sacrament Meeting. We did get this great picture though ;)

Michael, Jenn, Mom, and us.

We headed to the lake house afterward and took a Sunday boat ride. This was Janie's first time on the boat!

Bad lighting.

Grandma and Aiden.

Trent and Aiden got up in the "tree house" with Dane and Adler (who you can't see too well). 

Janie jumped.

All through the week our kids loved just hanging out on the boat while it was docked :)

That evening we took a night boat ride. I need to get a picture of that from Jill.

Monday we woke up to pouring rain. Trent had already headed off to the lake house to get as much boat time in as possible since he was leaving Tuesday. The kids and I took our time getting ready and just hung out at the hotel to wait out the rain. Once the rain slowed down we headed to the lake house, and by the time we got there it had pretty much stopped. We hurried to get our swimsuits on and meet Trent out on the boat.

Jill and I took the jet ski out with the kids. It was Janie's first time and she did not like it..haha. She pretty much screamed the whole way!

Trent was wake surfing when we found the boat, but I coudn't get a good picture from the jet ski :/ Here's Amy wake surfing.

Aiden loved sitting on the back of the boat and "supervising."

Quinn, Adler, and Aiden on the trampoline a little later.

It started to rain again so we all got dressed and thought we'd take the opportunity to go on our annual book run. My grandpa made a tradition of taking all of the grandkids to Barnes & Noble to pick out a book every year and my grandma has been so great to keep up the tradition. Aiden chose Dragons Love Tacos and has loved this book! I got The Boys in the Boat and Trent got The Alchemist. Janie was napping when we left so Amy stayed back with her and Quinn. We picked out a super cute book for her, Ellie.

My mom got this picture of my uncle Jeff reading Aiden's book to him back at the lake house. So cute!!

That evening we had pie night. Peach was the favorite!

Tuesday Trent got up early again to get out on the boat before his flight later in the afternoon. My mom got this picture of him wake surfing. I wish I had been able to get a picture of him after he threw the rope in :/

We made it over to the lake house and met up with the boat again.

Janie took the wheel ;)

Janie and Grandma.

Trent's flight took off around 2, so I took him to the airport. The kids and I were so bummed that he couldn't stay the full week, but he was starting a new job so he had to get back (which actually didn't end up happening that week, but that's news for another day..ha).

Who let that little girl in the hot tub?!

I thought this picture was so cute of Adler sitting at the end of the dock while the boat and jet ski pulled in :)

My grandma purchased paddle boards this year, so Wednesday I tried out paddle boarding for the first time. They were a big hit during the family reunion.

Janie must have felt insecure with me standing b/c she started to get nervous, so I ended up kneeling down with the kids.

I wish I had done this more during the week! It was one of the only things I could do since I'm pregnant ;)

A rare picture with GG! Looking after her great-grandkids in the hot tub.

Thank goodness for Puddle Jumpers!

The young Whitmores (my mom's youngest brother/sibling) got in on Wednesday and Aiden was so happy to have Tessa and Sawyer to play with!

Aiden and Tessa on the inner tube.

My mom and her 3 sisters playing Spike Ball :)

And later the kiddos gave it a try ;)

Aiden and Janie hanging out on the hammock.


Kyle let Janie sit on his lap :)

Jill and Amy double skiing.

Janie watching with Grandma.

Everyone convinced me to get out and give wake surfing a try since it's the lowest impact water sport, so I got my pregnant little self out there..haha. It took me several tries (it had been a while and obviously my balance felt a little off since my weight is distributed differently while pregnant), but I'm glad I tried.

I was sore the next day though!

Janie headed back in with Aunt Amy. She felt much more comfortable doing the koala hug ;)

Jenn and Michael tried out wake surfing together!

We came in for lunch and what not and later took the boat out again to let the little kids inner tube. Aiden went out with Aunt Jill and my cousin Jordan and Adler (her son). He loved it and was so bummed to come back in, but with a family so big no one gets much time for anything, especially the little kids, unfortunately :/

I caught this back at the lake house :) Courtney and Cameron were so sweet playing with the little ones. They loved fighting with the pool noodles..haha.

That evening "the girls" did our annual gummy run. We typically get candy (not necessarily gummies) and then watch a scary movie. I don't usually watch the scary movie (I don't do scary movies, I hate how I feel afterward), but this year was weird. With half of us at the lake house and half of us at the hotel it kind of just fell through. I know the girls at the lake house ended up watching something. I, of course, had to get back to my kids. Thank you to my mom for helping out in the evenings with the kids.

Friday was crazy! It was the last full day of the reunion and it was PACKED! We got to the lake house around 10 with plans for our annual Olympics that afternoon.

Last day - I had to get pictures of the beautiful lake house.

Cutie Janie just loved the boat, when it was docked of course..haha.

Aiden spotted a dead crawfish from up on the dock and Uncle Michael made his whole day when he retrieved it for him. Aiden carried it around with him on a paper plate the rest of the day and even made me put it in a baggie to take home on the plane with us the next day to show Daddy..haha.

It was probably around 1 that the Olympics went into full swing. This was the first year that we did boys vs. girls! I did not get to participate much because I had to keep an eye on my kids.

A few of the events.

Human Battleship.

Concentration (remember this game...Concentration *clap clap clap* 64 *clap clap clap* no repeats *clap clap clap* or hesitations *clap clap clap*..haha. I was able to play this one :))

I don't know what to call this one, the Balloon Challenge? Everyone tied a balloon around their ankle and you try to step on and pop the other teams'.

There they go! It didn't last long!

Cutie Quinn and Richard.

I don't have pictures from all of the events (for instance, we always do cheers at the beginning), but we always end with a timed relay race.

Kayaking was part of the relay race...

...and doing a headstand on the paddle board!

Aiden played in the tree house during the relay.

Girls team.

Boys team.

Technically the girls won, but I feel like they kind of just gave it to us. It seemed like the guys won more events, but the girls won the relay race. Anyway, my grandma treated everyone to Abbott's custard afterward.

We got back to the lake house and celebrated Quinn's (my nephew) first birthday (!) and Ian's 19th birthday :)

The lighting coming in from the skylight kind of messed up this picture, but Quinn is a cutie monkey.

Right after that we had Thane (my cousin) and Shelby's gender reveal party. I'm telling you, it was a crazy day! And I don't have a picture :/ I may need to come back and add some pictures to this post from my mom. But they're having a girl!! Due in December!

My uncles Cary and Rick got the sailboat up and ready. We missed out on going out on the regular boat (boat time is hard to come by..blah), so I'm glad Jenn pushed us to come out on the sailboat.

Again, I don't really have any pictures :/

That evening was a little rough. I think the few days of being on my own without Trent (I was the only person there with kids and no spouse) caught up to me and the tears came flowing. I actually think it was a combination of multiple things.  The hormones from being pregnant of course, I think I was feeling a little sad it was the last day, and maybe I was just feeling a little sorry for myself :/ I am not one to ask for help because I don't like to inconvenience anyone. It made me cry even more (happy tears) when everyone jumped in to help me when they saw that I was struggling. My sisters helped feed the kids, then Uncle Michael took them in to watch a movie, Thane just hugged me, and so on. I really do have the best family. I just need to humble myself and ask for help when I feel like I'm going to lose it.

The rest of the evening was wonderful and such a great way to end the reunion.

The 3 amigos. Jenn (my twin), Thane, and I. Class of '06 ;)

We threw the kids in GG's bath.

Jesse got the fire pit going and we had s'mores.

And our final night boat ride. Some may have skinny dipped ;) Call me lame, but it's not really my thing.

More tears were shed the next morning saying our goodbyes. But I have to be honest, it was so good to get back home to Trent! I told him, never again. I can't do the lake house without him. Fingers crossed that he'll be able to make it work to come the whole time next time!

All in all, it was another wonderful week at the lake house. It truly is one of my very favorite places and I am so grateful to my grandma (and grandpa, of course) for their generosity. We have had a family reunion every single year since I can remember and, because of it, my cousins are my very best friends. Here's to next year!