In-N-Out. The first place we wanted to stop for when arriving on the West Coast. SOOOOOOOO good!
Yay!!!! A wedding!!! And we survived the flights to Utah!
My youngest sister Brooke was the last Scott sibling to be married this past October. We traveled to Utah to be there for the sealing of Brooke and Cody in the new Provo City Center Temple. Tyson and I haven't spent much time in Utah together. Though it's where both of our extended families live and a few immediate family members, we haven't been in Utah for more than a few days (and sometimes less than 48 hours) in that state. It's a shame really, because we could really spent a week there every time. Seeing family, eating yummy foods, and exploring the beauty that is Utah.
Sadly, this trip was no exception. We arrived Thursday afternoon and left Saturday late afternoon. But it was so worth it to see family, have the girls play with cousins, and party!
When we arrived in Provo, my Mom and Dad had planned for a party!!! They are so good with preparing for large group gatherings. Each family had their own room in the hotel (and they even booked rooms for Cody's immediate family too) then my parents secured one of the Presidential suites for our gathering locations. I love that! They planned to have everyone gathered together as much as possible so they needed the space to do so.
Grandma had snacks and treats set out (mainly for the kiddos but who are we kidding, everyone loved it and ate it !), there were water bottles ready, cups, plates etc...to provide a mingling environment and a place to gather after each event.
My mom and oldest brother, Cameron
My Mom and Dad could be found peeling oranges for everyone all throughout the quick wedding weekend. That's actually how I remember my Dad, always peeling oranges for everyone else.
We took the kids who had already arrived on that Thursday afternoon for a walk around the Provo City Center Temple. Our hotel was just a block away. Again- perfect planning by my parents. No juggling cars and people to get from one place to another during a busy wedding weekend. So so so smart when everyone is coming from out of town.
The girls loved the temple grounds and being with cousins. The weather was perfect! We got really lucky.
We enjoyed a wonderful "Rehearsal Dinner" on Thursday night before the wedding the next day. We introduced ourselves briefing, in a new fashion. I actually really liked it. My parents led the introductions, and I as a sibling had about 1 min to introduce my little family. It's a great way to know who's who for the next day's wedding.
Everyone shared their love for Brooke in different ways.
One way that had everyone crying was a touching song written by a few of my nieces, nephews, and sisters and sister-in-laws. Nataleigh and Etahn played the Ukelele's while a few nieces and nephews sang the words. They talked about the way Cody and Brooke met (Brooke cut the hair of Cody's roommate) and how Cody waited in the hospital waiting room while Brooke was in the ICU last October after her bad car accident. Such a sweet song put to the tune of "Lava" a Pixar short movie that came before "Inside Out."
Such a beautiful Temple!
My Dad and I. I don't have many pictures of me just with my parents, so if I find the opportunity, I take it and run with it! I love this one. I've found lots of similarities in our faces with this photo :)
Tyson or "Smitty" beckoning to Haddie, Berkleigh, my brother Tyson, my sister Brittany and her husband Seth.
Two of my favorite people.
Smitty, Tyson, and Seth
Nataleigh, Taryn, Berkleigh, Quincy, and Hadleigh
The marriage of Brooke and Cody marked the last wedding for both families for Tyson and me for a long time.
It will be a few years (probably 4 +) until we have a family member married. And that means moving onto nieces and nephews!
Cody, Brooke and my parents.
Oh Tyson, you keep me laughing :)
We missed Mackenzie (living in Singapore) and Ashleigh (living in Texas) so bad!
This is my favorite picture from the whole wedding that I have. My great siblings (missing Mackenzie and Ashleigh) with the addition of Cody now in the mix! So fun!
I love my family.
There was a quick wedding luncheon in-between the hustle and bustle.
Boxed lunches (brilliant idea) made for a perfect lunch and then it was to set up.
Megan & David went to set up while their two youngest boys Jacob and Oliver were napping with Ethan (15 yrs old) watched them in their hotel room. Brittany & Seth didn't take their twins - so they set up too. That meant Smitty & I had our two kids and Tyson & Jen had their 3 kids, plus Nataleigh- we took to the park to let the kids play (and not be in the way of set up.)
Most of us changed our clothes so they would be pretty for pictures later and we stopped for Rockwell Ice Cream while on our walk to the park down the street.
Adventuring is always more fun when more family members are in the mix!
We all changed back into wedding clothes and headed to the Start Up Candy Factory for the reception. The lights that hung from above were so beautiful. And the candles and Megan brought along filled the tables so beautifully. I loved that the lanterns from my wedding were used again and the candles (various votive holders and glass vases) made such a beautiful ambiance.
Cody wrote a song for Brooke. I didn't know how musically talented he was. That's him, second from left, with his band mates- like they actually play at weddings etc...
Brooke & my Dad for the Daddy/Daughter dance
Getting ready to throw the bouquet.
The baker (Valkyrie Cakes) delivered her cake and then it was my job to decorate it. I was so excited! I different aspect of my job of baking cakes- but still a major part of getting "the look" right for the bride.
At the end of the wedding, Haddie crashed within a few seconds of being in Tyson's arms. This became Tyson's very important "wedding clean up " job. That nasty bruise on her arm is from tripping and falling on our stairs in Virginia. She was clutching a toy in each hand so she couldn't put her hands out to catch herself. Man- that girl- covered in scratches and bruises from all her falls. Poor girl :( Just this past week she fell at church outside our building, tumbling onto her chin (thankfully it didn't split) but it bruised up really well.
We were able to stop by and see Trevor, Whitney and Bailey on our way to the airport. Family is the best and I'm so glad that we got to play with them! Bruges & Waffles for the win! Seriously- those sandwiched were HUGE!!!!!! and their sweet waffles were delicious. Those fries- oh my goodness. They were AMAZING. Voted the best fries in Utah for good reason. Plus, if you have fantastic and unusually dipping sauces for the yummy fries....oh boy.... you got me!
We played at Liberty Park for a bit so the girls could really stretch their legs before the LONG flights home.
A great whirlwind wedding trip. We arrived home at midnight Saturday and we were up by 6:30am the next morning to make it to 8am church. Were we crazy??? Yes- but it was so worth it. We had the rest of the day to recover- plus- we were there for the Primary Program practice.
It's always a party when family gathers together.