Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Views of Summer

This summer has found us all over the place! We have spent time in Idaho, Colorado, and home in California. We have had visitors come and go. As the end of summer approaches with the coming of September we have enjoyed reminiscing about all we have done. With our big move and our big baby news we have loved soaking in the summer and taking the time to experience our new life without the pressure of having to plan it out and document it. There were times when we got a few snapshots, but most of the time I was behind the camera, and often we were just casually strolling through our new areas.

^^ Brett's parent's came into town and wanted to go to Disneyland. It was a fun, long day full of carnival food and trying to go on the same few good rides they allow a pregnant lady on as many times as I could!

^^ Guys, the beach is great. I didn't used to get what the big ideal was with the beach, but that was before I had been to a real beach. Feeling the sand between my toes and the water lap at my ankles is something I look forward to getting used to. 

^^ Some friends Brett knew when he lived in Arizona serving his mission came and stayed a few nights with us and it was so great to get to know their family. They have four of the cutest little girls, As per usual, the youngest kid became immediately attached at the hip to Brett. 

^^ An early morning view of the beach. Somewhere out there one of those dots is Brett trying to learn to surf. He was semi-successful. 

^^ There were so many trips to our favorite San Clemente Beach and a stroll out to the end of the pier. 

^^ And of course, there was time spent at the apartment complex pool. Jumping in the pool is Brett's new favorite way to cool off after a workout, and I have to say that I agree. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

My Sister's Wedding

Back in April we were able to go to my hometown for my little sister's wedding. It was a wonderful experience being able to be back at the temple were Brett and I were sealed four years ago. We were lucky enough to live in the same town as Stephen and Brook while they were dating and engaged and It is such an amazing feeling to know that your sister married a great guy that makes her happy and know that before you even get to the wedding day.

Most of Stephen's family was able to come, other than his dad. His father is serving as Mission President in Peru, and was unable come back to the USA for another two years. He was missed by all, but he said repeatedly that he didn't mind being gone if it was only to allow two amazing young people be sealed in the temple, still surrounded by friends and family who love them and not postpone the happiness that comes from being married to the one you love. There was so much love and support throughout the day it was palpable.

The only downside (kinda?) was that it was an early spring day and a little rainy. When the rain wasn't actually falling it made for a beautiful backdrop of clouds, blooming flowers, and blossoming trees, but it also made are hair all a little flat! I have been waiting forever for my sister to finally relinquish her hold on this pictures and now that she has I have loved looking through them over and over. These are just a few of my favorites, but they all turned out beautifully thanks to her amazing photographer.

^^Bride and Groom's Family

^^Groom's Family

^^Bride and Groom's Parents

^^Bride's Family (The older we get, the more alike we look)

^^Her dress was absolutely killer. Its a little hard to see in the pictures, but the lace and button work on this dress is so incredibly detailed. It was stunning. 

^^The wedding day happened to be the same day as Senior Prom for another one of the sisters, so after all the official wedding activities were over, she got to sneak away to the dance, not before taking a few pictures with the photographer of course!