Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jehkiah & Casey's Wedding

Only for our beloved children would we brave the wintry weather and treacherous drive to Utah for a wedding! Jehkiah and Casey were married in the Logan Temple Thanksgiving weekend. The temple is simply magnificent and holy. It was a beautiful sealing and they were surrounded by so many that love them. The reception was held at a little chapel about thirty minutes away where we, of course, endured the endless picture taking, etc. ha!! There was delicious food, good conversation and of course, the kids danced. It was a fun time for all of us. The weather took a turn for the worse so several family members left early to get on the road and drive home. Of all the weekends to have blizzard conditions! But, we survived it all and took home some great memories.

Jovi, Jayden and Shyane

Casey and Jehkiah

Shasta and Karen with the boys

John with all of his children
(except Jonbrock, who couldn't come)
All the groomsmen John and Katrina with the newly marriedMackenzie, Jayden and Shyane

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sightseeing in Utah

We were in "heaven" as we walked the grounds of Temple Square. After the Visitor's Center we went over to the Tabernacle to listen to an Organ recital which was absolutely phenomenal. We took in as much as we could, stopping briefly to meet up with Karen, Travis & the kids for lunch. After lunch, we went onto the Conference Center where we went on a meaningful tour. I say meaningful, because we had a young man join our tour (it was just the four of us). We spent over an hour together talking, explaining the history and sharing our thoughts with Joe. After seeing a PBS broadcast on Mormonism, he was so intrigued, he decided to come to Utah--on vacation from Canada--and check it out. The spirit was very strong and Joe was touched. He didn't want to leave when the tour was up. He asked a passerby to take a group picture of us. It was quite special. If you've never been to Temple Square, it's so worth a trip. The history alone is remarkable.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Day

On Thursday, we left the Brown's and drove north to meet up with our kids. We shared Thanksgiving together at Javis' new home in Brigham City. It was wonderful to be with everyone. There was a lot of enthusiasm, good food, and plenty of activity and excitement for Jehkiah and Casey's wedding on Saturday.

Karen (looking a bit tired), Shyane and Tracen Javis and Liliana
The boys...hanging out
Shasta and Colson Shyane and Tracen Jayden, Breck, Mackenzie and Travis Just pull up a rug! We need a convention center to house our family events!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Utah Trip

After shoveling snow for our customers in Tri Cities (at 5 a.m.), we finally got on the road about 4 p.m. to begin our vacation. We made it to Boise before poopin' out and had to grab a hotel for the night! The roads were horrendous. We arrived in Utah the day before Thanksgiving and after touring the grounds of the MTC (missionary training center), Provo Temple and the BYU campus, we went to stay the night with our good friends, Bob & Lucy Brown (who are living with her parents temporarily). We haven't been able to visit with them in years so it was wonderful to see and enjoy family time with them. Lucy's parents were so hospitable and welcoming. We really could've stayed all day!

Father and Son John and Katrina Jayden, in front of the Temple Mom, Jayden and Dad, at the MTC Bob Brown

Jayden learning from Lucy's dad

Devin Brown