Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Our crazy wedding weekend

Arriving at Tampa airport
Aunt Donna brought Christmas over all pink airplane themed
Rehearsal at the Florida Aquarium
We took this outside our hotel, which was amazing! Beautiful and the views were to die for Tampa Channel side Marriott
After the rehearsal we had the rehearsal dinner at an amazing restaurant inside the hotel. The bartender wanted to make me a cute pink drink, so naturally a cosmo. I took one sip and about passed out. {I stuck to the Cherry Cokes}
Me and the groom to be
Jeremy and Chuck
The boys
Emery excited to be off the airplane and going to the pool
Bring on the sunshine and pool
All the kids were excited to go swimming
The girls and Daddy. the water was cold!
1st time in the pool
Bathing suit beauty
Eme loving being outside
Jeremy and Bob on our balcony, seriously the views were amazing! We needed 2 huge pizzas delivered to the room after a long afternoon swimming.
Croix, Ellie and Cooper all the kids were excited to ride the trolley to drop me off at the wedding
Pre-wedding photo op
Not sure why we were not the penguin or shark table :)
Me and the hubby at the wedding he looks good all dressed up in his tux!
Jer and Steve
The happy couple!
Congrats Chuck and Jenny! After a whirlwind two and a half days in Illinois we flew into Tampa Friday mid morning for Chuck and Jenny's wedding. We were supposed to fly in on Wednesday and spend the week then fly home Monday after the wedding and Easter. But due to the funeral we had a few changes in plans. We literally got into town in enough time to get ready for the rehearsal dinner. The wedding was held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. It was so much fun to see all Jeremy's friends, and the food was beyond delicious. The next day we had fun swimming and then pigging out in our room. They had a trolley just for wedding guests to and from the hotel to the aquarium, so Bob and Donna and ALL the kids got to ride with me down the the wedding. The kids sat so cute all on one bench and loved riding the trolley. We had a blast at the wedding, it was beautiful. Lots of us, including the bride and groom went out dancing after {like we hadn't done enough dancing already} Needless to say we got in really early in the morning and then up with kids early. Not quite as we had in mind, but oh well still worth it. We thought we might fly out Sunday, but flights didn't look good. So we found a fun place to eat, right on the water. We ate outside and tried to soak up all the sun we could. My camera got knocked off the table several times during the night before and stopped working. I took more pictures but can't get them to load :( I have more camera issues I swear. So no pictures on the beach or at lunch. Or even the rest of the wedding. We got home Monday and were up at 2:15 a.m. Utah time for a real early flight. It was just the most emotional, stressful, fun weekend. If you can have all that in one weekend. We never stayed in one place 2 nights in a row, so lots up packing up, NO sleep, and I am not even kidding on that one. So I couldn't wait to get home. {I have to pay tribute to Bob and Donna, they were always going to come over and get a room in the hotel with us to let the kids play and swim. Jeremy's Mom was going to have them for the dinner and all night for the wedding, since she and all Jeremy's family was still in Illinois for the wedding, Bob and Donna watched the girls both nights!!! Took them all around channel side by the hotel, got ice cream, and put them to bed, both nights. Are they not the most amazing friends ever! Who really wants to do that? Watch other peoples' kids for 2 nights. Thanks guys we owe you so much! We could not have done it without you!!!!}

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shreveport

On our way to Shreveport!
Ellie sporting the new backpack Nanny bought her for the trip.
The whole group Kevin, Jer, Emery, Ellie, Me, Steve
We did lots of this.....Eating!
Grandpa Bogard and Emery, This was the first time Grandma and Grandpa had seen Emery
Emery in Pappy Steve's chair from his childhood
Ellie just chillin
Happy girl! The girls were both extremely good the whole trip I was almost wondering whose kids they were.
Karaoke time! Ellie did not want to put down the mic.
I LOVE the history and antiques of Shreveport, these are the actual knobs in Steve and Kevin's house
A view from the back yard
Do you love the swirly iron rods as much as I do? Next time we go down I am taking family pictures there are amazing places EVERYWHERE! This is right behind their house.
Pappy and Ellie at Strawn's Pies
We had passed by this place and I had to stop, is it not darling. And yes the most AMAZING pies ever!
Emery and Grandma. Of course Grandma was right down playing with both the girls the whole time.
uh-oh there's trouble! making dinner, one of Paula Dean's recipes, surprise no butter in it.
Is your mouth watering?
Kevin slicing into the pie we bought
4 generations
Emery being spoiled by all those boys
She was seriously lacking on the attention the whole trip :)
Where are my gold stars? Because these two earned theirs by being the best girls flying ever. {and long story but Jeremy did not fly home with us he had to connect through Denver, so they were extremely good}
Ellie thought it was fun riding Dad's bag around the airport. We had the most amazing visit to Shreveport. This was the first time G'ma and G'pa Bogard had seen Emery since she was born, {she is almost 10 months.} I flew all by myself with the girls from SLC to Dallas, then Dallas to Shreveport. I knew the girls would be good flying, I was just worried about security by myself, and folding the stroller and taking off the carseat. And yes I am an extremely light packer, one bag for the 3 of us, plus just the diaper bag. Security was easy they helped my lots. The rest was a little stressful, but not as bad as I thought. Ellie was so excited to fly, she stayed right by my side, never ran off. So I was not chasing her and trying to manage all the other stuff too. We had amazing flights out, wide open. I know shocking, that never happens. A mom with kids my kids' same ages sat close to us, both our girls played play-dough and watched our DVD player. It was so nice! We got on an earlier flight to Dallas since it was delayed=bonus! We arrived on Saturday, Jeremy flew in on Sunday. He had been in Key West with all his friends for a bachelor party {I know rough life} we were excited when he came. We spent lots of time at Grandma and Grandpa's, cooked lots and ate lots.I could spend hours driving around down there, the houses are amazing, so much character. We had such a nice visit, it started with an early flight Saturday, and getting home real late Wednesday, so I am still beyond exhausted. But is it so worth the traveling so see everyone. Hope we can go down soon! G'ma and G'pa watched the girls one night and the adults went to dinner. Ahhhhhh a dinner where you actually remember what your food tasted like. This is a picture of the menu, I was laughing so hard because I had never heard of "puffy tacos"
I am not sure why, but I think stuff there is so funny, maybe just to me
but remember the Moonshine Syrup? {side note my camera or card was having an issue, it had said unrecognized format, then some of my pictures were half cut off, and weird things. We took pictures by the blooming wisteria and none turned out. I can see them on my camera, but not on the computer. Weird and sad.}