14 May 2016

Jeremy & Yulz Get Hitched

Technically attending a wedding with 5 small kids is a logistical nightmare. I hardly slept worrying about my kids, getting to the temple by 9 am, the kids behaving at the temple, my brother showing up to watch my kids, and etc. We got up and dressed before 8:45. A tender miracle. We rushed off in the van, halfway there I realized my camera was still at Grandma's house. Jared was still at the house (pulling out) so he grabbed my camera bag for me. Since I always seem to forget something important like underwear, deodorant, etc I stayed true to form and left my battery and charger in Nebraska. Drats. I am forever grateful to my former roommate Sarah for coming early on a Saturday to referee my 5 kids in the temple waiting room. She managed them all with the help of an iPhone, iPad, and Kindle...plus snacks. Hooray for forever friends. My brother Jeff did show up, not sure if he helped Sarah or not. Justin and I arrived just in time to wait a moment in the waiting room before going to the sealing room. We reminisced about our own sealing in the same room 11.5 years ago. What a time we've had since that day. Jeremy and Yulz looked so radiant as they sat before the sealer. We were all surrounded by family and friends in that lovely room. We left the quiet bounds of the room to return to our Indian tribe. They were all alive and surprisingly clean and quiet. Sarah reported that our kids are pretty amusing.

Jeremy wowed everyone with his amazing white tux, pistashio bow tie and cumberbund, and orange/yellow pocket square. All he was missing was a 1980's prom setting, a top hat, and cane. We love you Jeremy Jacob (train on the brain I'm a nut dingleheimer smith punk mailman). He surprised Yulz with his wedding outfit. You did good bro! All the little girls squealed when the happy couple danced out of the temple. Jeremy pumped the air with a fist. It was a good start to a long day. The photographer started taking family photos. The terrible came out of my two year old angel while we waited. I was holding the baby and balancing my camera when Evelyn put a toe into a flower bed. I told her to not step on the pretty flowers. Her response was to run cackling into the periwinkle bed. She lost both her shoes as our family was called up for our turn for photos. Instead I tiptoed through the ground cover to recover my toddler, her shoes, and wave at the staring folks in the waiting room who had a full view of the incident.

After photos the Lances with kids met at the McDonalds to feed the kids before the hangry monster resurrected. We fed the gremlins french fries and soda. It worked. They played while jamming fries into their faces. The adults visited and jammed fries into our faces. It was quite mutual. At 12:30 we convened at the Wight House for a wedding lunch. While luncheon was served each table introduced themselves and their relationship to the Bride or Groom. Justin had quite the time keeping Evelyn from conducting experiments with her juice, water, and salad. I was "working" so he managed the table monkeys. After lunch we drove down to Charity's for a couple hours. Everett, Phillip, and Josie all dirtied up their cute outfits, we had time to launder their clothes while we visited. I did drive around the temple after dropping off the older kids and Justin to allow the toddler to nap for a while. Evelyn woke up as I drove around the temple. I heard her exclaim: "Da Tempo! So pretty mom! Princess!" So sweet. Sweet Josie was quite the popular baby that day. She got held and carried around most of the time. The reception started at 6:30, we were there at 5 with a load of Del Tacos and a hamburger. The photographer was back for more family photos before the party. The older kids amused themselves playing games on their devices or with cousins. Everett thought we left him so he waited at the door being a gentleman for folks coming and going until Justin found him. I hear he was then spotted under the tables, I hope he was at least eating cheesecake under there. Phillip manned the juice station for those unable to get their own drinks. I caught Phillip taking a peek under Yulz dress: he was surprised to find two feet and two ankles. We had a talk about not looking under girl's dresses and skirts. Lots of talking, visiting, waiting in the reception line, and a bit of dancing went on. I caught Grandma Jean and took a sweet photo of the Amelia Jean's together. My kids and husband fell apart at 7 pm. I handed my camera and flash over to my dad to capture the rest of the party. So sad I missed the cake, flower throwing, dancing, and departure. It was a good thing though to get my tribe back to Grandma's for rest before the Sabbath Day.

We love you Jeremy and Yulz. Thanks for getting married and throwing a totally righteous party.

Fish Lips

Josie learned how to pucker her lips, she gives awesome fish lip kisses. She is about the cutest thing ever. After Amelia's dance recital I felt pretty stressed for time. I had 400+ photos to edit/order/process before leaving for Utah. I spent Monday and Tuesday chained to the computer. I did not get the ordering done but did get all the photos culled and LightRoom edited. When we got back I had to edit group photos since my backdrop was not tall or wide enough. I also had a gifted newborn session, the baby came 3 weeks early so had to squeeze that in before we left. Her dad is a policeman so I got to hold a police utility belt, that thing weighed about 20 pounds. The baby was pretty well-behaved after she fell asleep. Josie was in a pretty happy mood after her morning nap so I snuck her downstairs for 3 month old photos. Gasp...I took the photos 3 days early. I am always amazed at how fast babies change, even in 3 days.

Amelia's school had spirit week, Monday was Manic Monday. I interpreted that as 80s day. Most kids showed up with mixed up clothes or colored hair. Whoops! Still she totally rocked the 80s with an outfit we pulled together in a couple minutes. My other favorite day was Farmer Day, she makes a cute little lady. Phillip had his last soccer game Monday night. His team won this time! Phillip earned a medal after the game. He exclaimed: "This is the best day of my life! I won a medal!" He was pretty darn proud.

Evelyn displayed her artistic talents using my eye liner pencil. She watched me apply liner to Amelia's eyes for her recital. Little discoverer climbed up a stool and grabbed my makeup basket. After we cleaned up her body Phillip gave her a black permanent marker. She decorated her legs again. Thankfully, it was cold for the wedding day so tights covered up her body art.

I packed and cleaned all Wednesday. Around dinner time our house looked like WWIII with all the stuff we laid out and the kids playing as well. I am always amazed at how our house looks when it gets cleaned. Amelia and Everett cleaned up Evelyn's room, part of their bedroom, and even cleaned up the living room! I was so impressed with their clean up I had to take a photo. My kids CAN clean!

The drive out on Thursday was pretty uneventful. Amelia sat in the front on her booster. I sat in the back to keep Evelyn from poking Josie in the eye and to nurse. Quite frankly, the captain seat back there is more comfortable than the front seat. My poor back hated when I sat in the front. We stopped once for lunch at the Thai place in Rawlins. We drove straight to the Lances and arrived there at 4:15, pretty good time for 5 kids and for leaving at 8 am. I hand-mended 4 pairs of Justin's dress pants and hemmed up a pair of Everett pants during the drive. Phillip once again filled up the red pee bottle, he even managed to pee on my arm as I held the bottle for him. He is not trustworthy enough to hold the bottle alone. I guess hazards of the job are part of the description.

We enjoyed dinner and playing at Grandma's house that evening. Justin decided to sleep with the kids on a bottom bunk. Dang! That left me with octopus girl and the baby in my bed. He gets the better sleep deal every time. True to form, Evelyn fell out of bed 4 times, flopped and flipped all over me and the bed. We woke up with red eyes from restless sleep. Grandpa is expanding the driveway (again). Some guys delivered a couple yards of gravel to line the new patch. Oh boy! The kids were in heaven watching the truck then playing in the rocks. Of course the kids had to take a ride on the fat shaker Grandpa has. Amelia took a ride and regretted it for the next couple hours. Silly girl, take care of that hip. She cried half the time at the toy store because her hip hurt so badly. We decided to spend part of the day down in Eagle Mountain with Miekka and Courtenay. On our drive down we stopped off at Toys R Us for Amelia and Everett to get birthday presents. Our kids had eyes the size of saucers seeing that many toys in one place. Guess our dinky Walmart is not very impressive. Amelia wondered why Sidney lacked stores like Toys R Us. Evelyn was quite the pill in the store. She would run away if not in the cart and scream if she was. I was not about to back down to a tantrum so let her scream. As we drove into Miekka's driveway a hail storm scuttled over the area. I stayed in the van with a napping Evelyn and Josie. Guess we brought the hail with us! Amelia and Jacob played MineCraft most of our visit. Miekka and Amy were sewing up Disneyland outfits! All the ladies holed up in the craft room to chat. The kids scattered off to play with their cousins. eventually John wandered over and we had some nice family time with everyone. Justin wisely wanted to get back to Grandma's at a decent time to get the kids bathed and in bed for the long Saturday wedding party. Phillip really loved Grandma's water whistle, it is still in one piece and entertaining kids since their time in Egypt. My Great-Aunt Shirley came with her daughter from Arizona for the wedding. We enjoyed catching up. Everett was so sweet, he remembered my cousin Amber from giving her a hug at Grandma's house. He welcomed her with a huge hug at the temple, saying how much he missed her and was so glad to see her again. That kid has a stellar, tender soul.

Phillip punched out his top right tooth with his tongue. He was quite impressed with his tongue strength. The tooth fairy missed his tooth hiding under the pillow the first night. Maybe the tooth fairy has small wings and took longer to fly back to Utah. He found a dollar under his pillow the next night. He carried the tooth and dollar around with him all day. I was impressed he did not lose his tokens! I catch glimpses of him poking out his tongue through his new tooth space.

Parasol Ballet

I love recital day! This year the girls worked on a ballet dancing with parasols. Their costumes remind me of Mary Poppins. She looked pretty with all the makeup and ballet bun. Amelia danced pretty well considering her hip disease. Mrs Margaret let her practice the second half of the year with her crutches. We could tell she was favoring her right leg and was pretty wobbly. She felt good enough to leave her crutches just off stage. She danced the 3 minute dance then fetched her crutches.

I lost my head on recital day. I brought my camera but left a memory card. Thankfully, Justin stayed home until it was near the time for Amelia to dance. We walked over a card for me. Sheesh. I always forget something. Evelyn was so excited to see Amelia skip on stage. She yelled, "RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY!" Evelyn was enthralled with the umbrellas. Phillip cracked me up after the program. He stretched out on the stage like a Sultan for a photo. Looks like ballet will be off the activity calendar for next year. Darn it!