Saturday, September 8, 2012


Last weekend, we flew here:
for the wedding of my brother, Tyler, and my good friend (who is now also my sister!), Rachel.
 They got married here:

Their wedding was the first time my whole family had been together since Garrett and Krystal got married in January of 2010, so we took lots of pictures.
This is our traditional family picture at the reception. It's incredible to see how our family has grown from one wedding to another, starting back in 2005 with Lissa and Jason.
For the wedding, Russ was a groomsman and I was a bridesmaid. I loved my dress. The lace and style of it made me feel like a 50's housewife, which is what I would chose to be if I ever got to live in another time (either that or Downton Abbey era, I suppose).
Rachel and I are only 2 weeks apart in age. Not only do we get along now, but her mom showed me her scrapbooks, and I am 100% sure we would have been best friends growing up.
Tyler and Rachel went on their first date in November (a double date with us), became a couple in January, and got engaged in April. I should mention that Tyler moved to Alabama in December, so their entire relationship has been long-distance. I am sure they are enjoying finally being able to spend time together! And I should also mention that Tyler had his eye on Rachel beginning in mid-August of last year. I think they make a very beautiful couple.
This one is my favorite :D
I was happy they smashed cake on each other. :) I think it's more fun and entertaining than kindly feeding each other
Rachel is the oldest in her family, but in our family she has inherited 4 nieces and a nephew.

Here are my parents happily posing with all of their grandchildren. The oldest is 4 and the youngest is 6 weeks.
Oh. I meant this picture... :P

Here are some other pictures from the weekend, and the reception:
This picture is significant because we took a picture like this at Garrett's wedding, but Tyler was standing all alone. No one is alone anymore!
Keeping Sophia entertained. She's a strong one!
I liked looking through random pictures from the reception and spotting us in the background.
hahaha. I have NO IDEA what we're talking about, but it looks very serious.
Past Sophia's bedtime, but she was holdin' up like a champ!
I don't know why, but I really like this "family picture"
Sophia trying to remember her Aunt Rachel from our good times in Provo
Matching dresses for the wedding
Sophia and Savannah are only 3 months apart. I wish we would have taken more picture of them together, but Savannah toddled around a lot. :)
Kiera is such a ham for the camera :)
It looks like we had the perfect weekend, and it would have been, but Sophia actually spent a lot of the time crying! Poor little girl got her sleep schedule completely messed up when we headed to the airport at 4:30am. We will never be doing that again, by the way. She doesn't fall asleep in our arms so she spent literally half of the flight screaming her head off because she was so tired. I will have a LOT more sympathy now for the mothers of crying babies on the plane. I wanted to cry too because she was so overtired she wouldn't take her bottle, pacifier, toys...nothing. It was so sad. Plus, we knew she'd been cutting her front teeth for a couple weeks, but we noticed she also has 2 others coming in. Here in Minneapolis we've been meeting new people, and Sophia hasn't been shy at all, but at the wedding she was VERY clingy to Russ and I.
Here's a happy moment. She won't cuddle with us, but she loves snuggling with stuffed animals!
Somber Sophia.
Screaming Sophia
Luckily Sophia was just fine hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa during the reception because Russ and I were both at the "head table" since we were in the wedding party.
And she was happy and charming part of the time
Cuddle-attacking the bear again. We LOVE that little girl!
We are really glad we could go. It was a great weekend getaway. Russ started classes this week after we got home, and so far seems much more excited than overwhelmed. I'm sure this transition to him being full-time student and me being full-time mommy is going to take some getting used to. Sophia and I are ALWAYS very glad when daddy comes home. We're used to having him around more often.


Stinson Clan said...

Great post. Yes, everyone is happier when daddy comes home! :) I hope Russ gets an internship here next summer so Sophs and Savannah can be BFF's!

Megan said...

That's awesome. It's awesome to see the beautiful wedding and exciting that you got to have a mini family reunion as well. You have a beautiful family-the growing one you came from and the one you've created.