Thursday, November 18th, Megan and I hopped in the car around noon and headed down to Las Vegas for a weekend filled with great festivities. Adam has had a really busy school schedule lately, but he was able to meet up with us the next day.
The 18th was Jack’s second birthday. How grateful I was to be able to visit his resting place in Las Vegas on that very day. I can’t believe that he arrived two years ago and changed our world completely. In the past, I have struggled with the phrase “Happy Birthday” when it came to little Jack. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how “happy” his birth really was. The day he arrived may have been scary and painful and miserable and heartbreaking, but he did arrive. He recieved an earthly body and he became a part of an eternal family. I am honored to have been the one who carried him and gave him life. I have not forgotten what it felt like to feel him move within me and the sweet spirit that always surrounded his mortal body. I am so grateful for my little boy. I love him so much and can’t wait to put my arms around him and kiss his sweet face.
The next day was spent setting up for my brother’s wedding reception. I am glad that I was able to go and help even for the short amount of time that I did. Megan also had a great time helping and running around with her cousins.
Saturday was the BIG day. My little brother Sam and his sweet bride Kaylee were married for time and all eternity in the Las Vegas LDS temple. The ceremony was wonderful. It was short but oh so sweet. Sam and Kaylee were just glowing and so happy. The time we spent in the temple that morning was my favorite part of the entire weekend.
After the wedding and all the pictures, we all headed over to the reception for the ring ceremony and the luncheon. Someone decided that the 20th of November was a great day for Las Vegas to dawn COLD and RAINY and a good amount of rain fell upon us during the ring ceremony and the entire luncheon had to be moved and revamped due to a downpour. It was quite the adventure. I will say though, that I was so IMPRESSED with Sam and Kaylee and their attitudes. Even though the rain kinda ruined the afternoon, they were both always found smiling and happy. I would have been a grumpy mess, but not Sam and Kaylee. They were just happy and taking everything in stride. I think they truly understood that the ceremony that took place in the temple was the most important part of the day and everything else was just fluff. I learned a good lesson from them that day and I am so grateful for their positive attitudes.
Fortunately, the rain ceased and the clouds parted and the evening was perfect for the reception. We danced, and laughed, and enjoyed some fun musical numbers from various family members. Kaylee had the time of her life and Sam stood by her while she enjoyed her dream celebration. The two stayed longer then planned and enjoyed time with family and friends who loved them and who were happy for them. There were lots of ups and LOTS of downs throughout the day (wedding photographer, anyone???) but I think it turned out to be a pretty awesome day.
Much to my dismay, Megan really wasn’t herself the entire wedding day. She spent almost every second in either my arms or with her daddy and wasn’t really into any of the celebrating. She did open up a little and let loose for the dancing, and when she talks about the wedding she says that was her favorite part. I was bummed that she had such a down day, but I think she still looks back on Uncle Sam and Aunt Kaylee’s wedding day with fondness.
Sunday morning my two newest little nephews were blessed by their daddies, my brothers. Tate and Trey were both given beautiful blessings by their dads, Tad and Tyson. It was fun to meet Tate and Trey this weekend. They are both SO cute, yet they look nothing alike!
We are now on a real countdown until my little Janie arrives. Only about three more weeks!!
I love my family and had such a fun time. We will miss them this Thanksgiving as we had to return to Utah, but I am so glad we were able to go down and be a part of such a wonderful weekend.
Congratulations again to Sam and Kaylee!! We are so happy for you.