Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Catching up

So it just hit me that even though we have been super busy since the wedding I haven't been taking any pictures to prove it. I have to document with out them I guess. We had my Mom & Dad stay with us for about a week after the open house for the first week in April. This was my spring break so I was off for the week which was nice. They needed a place to hang out until my sister, Beth came to Utah. It just didn't make any sense for them to drive all the way home then come all the way down again a week later. It's a good thing they stayed here because mom ended up getting really sick . She was very tired and didn't even go into stores and stuff with me so I knew something was up. She is always up for shopping even for groceries. Dad and I had to check out the new WinCo in Vegas without her since she stayed in the car exhausted. Then she camped out on the couch for a few days trying to feel better. After a couple of days of no relief she finally went to the Dr down here. Sure enough she had bronchitis. Luckily the Dr gave her a z-pack and got her started back on track. She was still exhausted and didn't fully recover until the middle of May actually. Dad ended up with a eye infection and maybe sinus infection too. So they limped up to Idaho to see Beth and her family then crawled home to recuperate.

About this time Christina came down to Overton to hang out with us for her Spring Break, Wouldn't you know it never lines up with ours so I had to work. I did take one day off and filled up every evening with fun and favorite shows and movies!! We even had our FHE group with the Keels and the Jensens when she was here. Towards the end of the week we had the fair so off we went. We checked out all the exhibits and did some shopping and eating. It was a fun day and she got to see a few old friends too while we were there.After her break she headed home to Orem and we loaded up and headed to Rexburg. She was giving Jeff & Rachel her couch and they had no way to get it up there....

So we borrowed Rob's HUGE enclosed trailer and headed up with some leftover wedding presents and hit the road. Getting the sectional into the trailer was a major accomplishment and thank goodness Mendis was there to do it or Christina and I would still be passed out on her lawn. Because the trailer was huge and so heavy it took a really long time to drive up to Idaho. On the way we went through a blizzard in Cedar, Missed a 9 car pile up right behind us in a mountain pass by Beaver and had all kinds of adventures. So we finally got to Rexburg late Saturday night and got the couch unloaded into its new home. (It was a bummer that they live on the 3rd floor.)

The next day we had to head back home so we headed out for a quick lunch at Olive Garden and hit the road. We stopped in Provo to meet up with Beth and John for dinner. We had a great time and got to visit for about 2 hours before we had to go. Notice the lovely pictures we took... pretty sad huh.
We noticed the trailer lights weren't working so we just hoped to make it all the way through the construction before it got really dark. Well just as we got through it there was a pop and we blew a belt right at the exit to Payson so off the freeway we went. We drove 3 blocks and there was a parts store but since it was Sunday night they were closed. So we knew we needed a hotel and wouldn't you know there was one 2 blocks back right at the exit and they had rooms available. The next morning Mendis got the belt replaced even though it wasn't perfectly smooth sailing. We lacked the diagram to put it on but we got it finally. Off we went towards home. By Cedar it was starting to get dark again and the lights on the trailer weren't working again so we booked it right home. Luckily we made it home with out any other problems.
The silly thing is we would have been money ahead to just give Jeff & Rachel the money and have them get a new couch but we decided for some reason it was important to make the trip. Even with the little and not so little problems that popped up we had a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed every minute. It was so fun to see Beth & John, Christina and Jeff & Rachel. We got some good stories out of it and look forward to our next adventure.

The next week we had Brent & Rachel & Laura stop by on the way back and forth to Provo and California. We had a bbq and a really nice visit with them.

We attended a wedding in Vegas that we really enjoyed. It was so fun to reconnect with old friends. We even met a guy who had just returned from his mission 3 days before and it was Hayden's mission.!! He had seen Hayden just 2 days before he left. That was the coolest thing! Small world.

We enjoyed celebrating the Stake's 100 year anniversary this past month also. There was a dinner and lots of entertainment and very cool displays to enjoy. We were there about 4 hours and time just flew by. It was very fun and we loved that evening too. The next day we got a new Bishop in our ward. Bishop Elwin Brown will be taking over for Jeff Keel. We are very excited for him and we know he will do a fabulous job.

Just after that Mendis flew to Washington DC for some Lobbying. I sure wish I could have gone...maybe another time. We wasn't home more that a couple days and it was back into Vegas for another wedding where we got to meet up with the Lewis'. We were hoping to see Mike & Kathy and they were there with most of their family. Another super fun evening!

The next morning it was off to Vegas again but his time to help Ashley & Benjy move into their townhouse. That was so fun to see them and help them get settled in a bit. It is going to be so fun to have them closer. YEAH!!
Here is Grandpa helping entertain the kids. Ashley said that was our assignment, to just listen to her boys and entertain them!

Ashley & Benjy have the cutest apartment. Here is everything just thrown in there. Now poor Ashley gets to unpack it.

Cooper is digging the new stairs. Rees was thrilled with the stairs too!

Hi Coop

Looks like Grandpa is listening to Rees with his eyes closed. I brought over a felt book to keep Rees happy for a few minutes while everyone hauled stuff in and got unpacking.

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