Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Happenings

Things I missed from my earlier posts...

Jordan got married! Him and Estefi are one stunning couple! It is such a joyous thing for people you dearly care about to find someone who makes them happy. The wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. The sealer drifted in between Spanish and English effortlessly and made the experience a tender one for everyone, no matter what language you spoke. The reception of Chris' parents house although not smooth as butter was still very fun and beautifully decorated. I had a blast dancing (too much, it turned out) and even the rain couldn't stop the smiles, in fact I think it produced more. S'mores and sparklers were some of the kids favorite components of the evening! Estefi's mom made the wedding cake and a fun Bolivian tradition is to stick some ribbon strips in between one of the cake layers with one ribbon attached to a ring. Then all the single ladies come and pull out a ribbon at the same time, and the one who gets the ring is supposedly the one to get married next. My little niece Mary turned 10 that very day and ended up with the ring! Dixie had a piece of the cake, which turned out had Brazil nuts and ended up with an allergic reaction! Poor thing, but we managed to get her some benedryl and off to bed and clean up her house after the reception. It was really great to meet Estefi's family and get to know her better. Most of that came not from the wedding weekend but at the WA open house a week later.


Gwen's Birthday! This little new 3 year old was thankfully completely obvious to the fact that her birthday sort of crept up on us and fell during such a stressful/ busy time. Grandma Dixie and Jess helped make a super cute princess cake and babysit for Chris and I so we could do some birthday shopping. We had our Archibald cousins over for a little cake, ice cream and party. Our sweet Gwendolyn is never-ending source of deep emotions at our house, and when those emotions are love, kindness, happiness and enthusiasm it is such a beautiful thing.  She has such a quick mind and picks even difficult things up quickly. She loves to do puzzles, cuddle with her pink blanket, read books, color, "cook", play with cars, Buzz Lightyear, swords and guns, babies and dress up in her princess /fairy costume.


Trip to Washington! The drive out to UP felt so long, despite it being the shortest drive our family would make this summer. Chris, myself, our kids, Tiff and her kids stayed at Loren and Merlene's so Estefi's family could stay all together at my parents house. It was soooo fun to be home and spend so much time with family and cousins. I love Betteridge Bluff! The open house was simple and nice and way less stressful than the reception.  Although I was dealing with stress of a different kind since I had been bleeding for a week starting from the day after their wedding. A trip to the ER in Provo showed the baby was still OK, they just guessed there was some left over blood flushing out from that first tear in June. The bride and groom came in a day or two early for the Washington open house and we spend some fun time together going to Anderson Island and playing games. By the time Estefi's family came we were ready for more fun and good food...plenty of meat, hot chocolate and bread to last for weeks!

At Anderson Island the craziest thing happened!! These two water planes landed in the lake while we were at the swimming hole! The both landed, then they both took off a little while later. It was amazing.

We had to hurry home for another biopsy for Chris back in Edmonton so only got to spend a couple of hours with our good friends the Talbots and the Lewses.  I'm always happy to rediscover that hanging out with these dear people makes me feel like little time has past since we last lived next door.  We met Justin and Amy in Seattle, ate lunch and climbed on a troll. We then drove up to see Amanda and Peter and let the kids destroy their house while us adults talked and talked and talked. So fun!


 On our drive home to Edmonton, we finally saw another Elk with a HUGE set of antlers just outside of Jasper. 

The rest of July was filled with finishing things up in Canada and saying goodbye. I had a birthday in there and we got news about Chris' diagnosis (but there's another post about that). Here are some of our 'goodbye' pictures with friends. I probably can't say enough about how much our friends there have helped us out with babysitting, meals, throwing us a goodbye party and birthday party, not to mention all the emotional support.  They are the 'salt of the earth' up there.

 One of our favorite babysitters! The kids were being very cooperative, but oh well, I'm still glad for the picture.

Even though this one was taken a few months previous, its of our super nice neighbor when we lived at the Peterson's house. I had to add it in there. 

1 comment:

Heather said...

Each life that touches our for good...
sweet times!!