June 5, 2010

Has it only been 2 weeks?

I literally cannot believe what a whirlwind these past 2 weeks have been. Let me just give you a quick play-by-play to give you an idea of our first week or so here in Utah. We packed the moving van on Saturday (2 weeks ago) and waved goodbye to Albuquerque. We made it all the way to Helper, UT (about 2 hours from our final destination) before our moving van broke down on the side of the highway. We waited there for over 4 hours until Penske finally decided to buck up and just tow us out of there. We got to Christian's parents' house in Fruit Heights around 2am. It was quite the trip, to say the least.
Sunday- day of rest. Literally.
Monday- drove to Provo to find a place to live, signed a lease, and then back to Fruit Heights.
Tuesday- move-in day, drove to Provo, arranged for my family to meet us at our new place to help move us in. Went to a pre-wedding dinner with my brother, Beau's wife's family in Provo. Drove back to Fruit Heights.
Wednesday- Beau and Amy got married in the Salt Lake City temple. Reception at Soldier Hollow in Midway. Back to Fruit Heights.
Thursday- I drove to Provo to clean our house and unpack. Then, met up with my sister, Julie's husband's family in Midway for a pre-wedding BBQ. Back to Fruit Heights.
Friday- Julie and Seth got married in the Manti, UT temple (very long, beautiful drive). Drove back to Provo for their reception. Back to Fruit Heights.
Saturday- Drove to Provo to unpack the house. Spent the night at my parent's cabin in Sundance.
Sunday- Church. Back to Fruit Heights to spend the night.
Monday- Memorial Day with the Bells in Morgan, UT. Drove to Park city afterwards to get Christian some new work attire. Went and bought a car in Murray. Back to Provo to spend the first night in our new place!
Tuesday- Cleaned my parent's cabin in Sundance= nightmare because Amelia screamed the whole time (she's got ANOTHER cold). Jason and Claire (my sis) were our first guests that night in our new home.
Wednesday- drove Claire and Jason to the SLC airport.
Thursday- unpack, unpack, unpack.
Friday- the same.
Saturday- I think I've finally got my head above water. YEAH!

Whew! I know it sounds like a whirlwind, but it was totally worth all the stress and driving because we got to witness the coming together of two amazing, beautiful couples in the temple and also got to spend lots of time with family.

Pre-move: Amelia playing in the rapidly emptying cupboards.

Double Trouble

Amy and Beau after the sealing. Her dress was seriously one of the most stunning dresses I've ever seen. And, she practically made it. This girl is not only fun, sweet, and beautiful, but seriously talented.
It was a dream come true for all the little girls around.

I don't know what's up with the funny face Christian is making here. He might make me take this down once he sees it, so enjoy it while it lasts.:)

With the kiddos at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway.

We tried our best, but conditions were a little windy.

Beau and Amy's reception at Soldier Hollow.

Amelia and Poppy. She was being pretty picky about who had the privilege of holding her but I guess Poppy made the cut.

Julie and Seth after their sealing at the Manti temple. Let me just tell you, it was the prettiest temple I have ever been in. I was seriously regretting not getting married there myself. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. Not to mention, their sealing was beautiful and so touching.

Julie looked amazing. Not too hard when you look like Julie, but still.

See what I mean about the Manti temple? It sits atop a little hill and is so picturesque.

The reception at a friend's house in Provo. The florist/decorator/planner was so talented- the reception was so beautiful. Note: this is before the table arrangements and hanging lanterns were in place.

Sisters- Jenn, Amanda, Julie, me, Emily, Jessica, and Rachel.

The spread- all very color-coordinated by the talented chef (Seth's cousin).

I would also like to give a little shout-out to all the wonderful people in our ward in ABQ that helped us with the move. The Young Women showed up and cleaned almost my entire house, so many of my friends watched my kids, and then the Elders Quorum moved us all out. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It truly was an act of charity. We miss you all and hope to see you soon- please call when you come to UT!


Jess & Jessica said...

I miss you rebecca! It sounds like Provo will be a great place to be. Amelia is getting so big and both your kiddos are so cute. Good luck with life. ;)

Kristen said...

Wow! Not to overwhelm you or anything but I am definitely coming to visit you guys! I'm so glad you're here!!

Tyler and Rachael said...

wow--what a whirldwind, but a wonderful one it sounds like. best of wishes in unpacking and getting settled.

Macy said...

wow, you guys have been so busy. Hopefully things will calm down now. Those look like some really beautiful weddings. I bet you have loved having your family around, Rebecca. Hope to see you soon.

christian@dontdodumbthings.com said...

I was experiencing the worst allergies of my life, that's what was going on with my face. Rude.

Manti temple is the prettiest temple in the world. Hands down.

Braden said...

That looks fun! I hope you enjoy UT. Traitors.

Brad and Lisa said...

We miss you guys! Ventana Ranch just isn't the same without you!

Nichole said...

yay! I am glad to finally see some pics of the weddings! Both looked beautiful!!! Glad you made it to Utah safe!

Hillarys little Paynes said...

I am so glad you guys made it here! what a trooper you are to deal so wonderfully with all that chaos! If you ever need a babysitter, or someone to hang with remember, I am only a little ways south in Payson!!

Jessica Sedgwick said...

Fun to see your pictures, although I hate pregnant pics of myself. I have beautiful sisters, though!

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Ryan@dontdodumbthings.com said...

Geez. That is crazy. Made me really tired to read. Thanks for that.

But so glad you guys are here. We're looking forward to seeing a lot of you.

Jo said...

I'm with Ryan. Yay!!!


I was bummed I didn't get to see you or chat at Memorial day....now I get why you bailed so quickly! Let's get together for dinner when things settle!

onehotma! said...

Congratulations! You were the first to post enough pics so I can see the whole thing again. I checked Facebook and the other family blogs but you get the prize! Camille Anderson