The second our anniversary was over, wedding prep took its place and we were busy. Well, I was busy helping prep and Brad was watching the boys and being awesome. *LOTS of pictures!!*
Getting manicure and/or pedicures! I opted for a mani because I am far too ticklish to really enjoy a pedi
The bride and our SIL, Angie
On the drive to Sacramento. I was taking a pic of Jack sleeping and Gav wanted more pics of him hiding behind the racoon. Silly weirdo
Cousin Lucas being awesome on the rope web
I realized going through my pictures I did NOT get a picture of the castle playground. Garg. But this is the other play ground right next to it that they mainly played on and was awesome
My brother, Sam, swinging the kids on the tire swing
Our amazing hotel room. They were all out of the rooms my mom reserved so we got a suite. Yessss
The wedding went wonderfully. I was lucky enough to go with my mom and help Rachel get ready for the sealing. It was definitely a special time together. When Rachel was taken to be with Thomas before the wedding, I went into the waiting room with the rest of my family... and lost it. Like embarrassingly lost it. I think the combination of my sister getting married, just celebrating our anniversary, having ALL of us in the temple together... all of that emotion just came pouring out my eyes. Luckily it didn't last too long (though longer than I would have preferred). The sealing was beautiful and Rach was aaaallll smiles through the whole thing :) Just like that, she became a Mrs!
The morning of
On my way out to help my sister!
The LDS Sacramento Temple. I forgot how beautiful this temple is. I haven't been inside since the open house in 2007 and it was so wonderful to be back for such a special occasion
Thomas and Rachel are married! I actually missed them coming out of the temple doors because I was chasing my crazy two-year old. Thanks, Jack ;)
Cousins (minus Jack, the maniac)- Sadie, Darci, James, Lucas, Chloe, Gavin, Rylee, and Maci
Apparently in front of the temple is the PERFECT place for a lie down. I'll wait...
I am in love with these doors- the entrance to the temple
Lucas was feeling the wait after the wedding. James was trying to wake him up a bit and help out his cousin
The photographers pictures-
Brothers and the baby sister
The rest of the day was taking pictures, a luncheon at Mimi's Cafe, driving back to my parent's house while the bride and groom went on their honeymoon (no reception for them), playing in the backyard with cousins, a delicious BBQ, having my in-laws spend some more time with us, eating wedding cake, and lots of talking. My family hasn't been all together since we lived in Idaho. That was five years ago! It was about dang time! And, man, was it awesome. Really really awesome- all of us and our families being together and loving one another. I know my kids were in cousin heaven, it was so cute.
Bride and groom chocolate covered apples
Gavin "patiently" waiting for his grilled cheese
Cutting the cake
Guess our bed looked more welcoming than his sleeping bag
Sunday was the day we all went home. Too quick of a trip, but so glad it happened. Our usual 9-hour trip with stops turned into 11-hours. Poor Brad didn't feel too well through the mountains after Redding and we had to stop a few extra times for him to regroup. Then we ran into the most random traffic thirty minutes before we were home. Gah! But we made it.